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“The State of European Union Social Policy”

Geyer, Robert. (1999) “The State of European Union Social Policy”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    Like the European Union (EU), EU social policy has seen a phenomenal amount of change and development in the 1980s and 1990s. It is startling to think that merely 20 years ago, EU social policy was confined to a few areas of labour, training and health and safety policy, had made only minimal advances in gender policy, and had barely recognized a number of major social groups (elderly, disabled, ethnic minorities, etc.). As the millennium approaches, EU social policy encompasses a wide variety of issue areas and social groups, is supported by a plethora of social policy interest groups, and plays a significant role in the evolution of member-state social regimes. In this paper, I would like to examine the current “state” of EU social policy (inspired by the ECSA’s State of the European Union series) through a brief history of its development, and exploration of its role in European integration theory, and a short summary of its current status. Following this, I will draw four main implications from the history of EU social policy and speculate on its future and the “next wave” of EU social policy research.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > general
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Other > researching and writing the EU (see also integration theory in this section)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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