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Risk sharing between member states through migration as a social right

Schelkle, Waltraud (2015) Risk sharing between member states through migration as a social right. [Conference Proceedings] (Submitted)

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    Economists claim that the European monetary union would work so much better if labor mobility were higher. But economic models treat workers’ migration to another member state essentially in the same way as workers’ changing jobs within the domestic economy. The jurisprudence on free movement of persons (workers and services) and non-discrimination that the CJEU developed over the years can show how different cross-border and within-border movements are. For comparative political economists, who conceptualize welfare states as institutionally coherent regimes, this proves that free movement of persons clashes with the “logic of closure” (Ferrera) on which welfare states rest. This paper takes free movement of citizens within the United States as reference point to show how homogenous social security systems are, how contested the social right of free movement is and what role courts play in shaping them. The basis for differentiated regulation of free movement in the euro and the dollar area is that welfare states consist of varied social programs with specific access rights. They operate on principles of discrimination, rather than closure. Judicial interventions can clash with these principles but there is no irreconcilable difference of logics at work. At the same time, labor migration as an economic adjustment mechanism for entire regions is arguably overrated, both in its positive and its negative impact.

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    Item Type: Conference Proceedings
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > immigration policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
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    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2015 (14th), March 4-7, 2015
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 23 May 2018 12:08
    Number of Pages: 23
    Last Modified: 23 May 2018 12:08

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