Cease to exist? The European 'social' model and the hardening of 'soft' EU law

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Through the argument that the reconceptualization of the ESM is central to understanding the EU’s sense of self and possible future(s), the chapter is structured as follows. The next section makes use of the recent emergence of the facet methodology approach to outline a method for making sense of the
EU and especially for arriving at a set of core research concerns. This allows me to establish the notion of an ESM as crucial for understanding the EU. The subsequent sections elaborate, discussing firstly the re-interpretation of the ESM in the 1990s and secondly the establishment and gradual hardening of ‘soft’ law in the area of social policy, the latter coming to the fore from 2000 onwards. I then cover post-2010 developments, especially in relation to the new Economic Governance arrangements, and finally the latent fragility of the new regime. The chapter concludes with some comments on what this
all means for the ESM’s contemporary relevance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStates of Discipline: Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Contested Reproduction of Capitalist Order
EditorsCemal Burak Tansel
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherRowman & Littlefield International
Pages149-169
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781783486199
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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