This chapter explores the notion of the European Social Model (ESM) and examines the EU-level social policy reforms that have taken place since the 1950s. ESM is taken to be distinct from but intimately related to the web and patchwork of rules explored in this volume. After sketching out the development of ESM since the 1950s, up to and including its near-death experience in the context of the Great Recession and the EU's turn to austerity, the chapter considers the social and political consequences of the EU's lurch to austerity as well as the consequences this might have for the web and patchwork of rules. The chapter ultimately reflects on whether another ESM might be possible in the context of the EU's response to the economic and social consequences following the onset of COVID-19, particularly in the context of the EU's Next Generation EU programme whereby the EU provides financial assistance directly to the regions worst affected by the pandemic.
Colfer, B. (2023), "The European Social Model and the Patchwork of Rules", Colfer, B., Harney, B., McLaughlin, C. and Wright, C.F. (Ed.) Protecting the Future of Work: New Institutional Arrangements for Safeguarding Labour Standards (Trade Unionism), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 35-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80071-248-520221006
Emerald Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2023 Emerald Publishing Limited