Der EU-Verfassungsvertrag und die Zukunft des Wohlfahrtsstaates in Europa

Treib, Oliver (October 2004) Der EU-Verfassungsvertrag und die Zukunft des Wohlfahrtsstaates in Europa. Former Series > Working Paper Series > IHS Political Science Series 99


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Abstract: The welfare states in Europe are confronted with a twofold challenge. Both internal changes such as the ageing of our societies and external developments such as globalisation and European economic integration are threatening the viabilityof many welfare state policies. What can the European Union do to support domestic welfare states in coping with these challenges? The paper first provides an overview of the historical evolution of EU social policy and its current state of affairs.Then, it presents the innovations in the areas of social policy introduced by the EU's constitutional treaty and discusses their likely effects. The new provisions may be used to loosen the tight grip of the EU's internal market rules on domestic welfare states, and they offer ample opportunities for the ECJ to further the development of supranational social regulation by case law. In order to explain these outcomes, the paper analyses the controversial debates in the European Convention, revealing that the cleavages within the Convention ran along national but also to a significant degree along party political lines.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Europäische Union' 'Wohlfahrtsstaat' 'Verfassungsvertrag' 'Europäischer Konvent' 'Nationale Interessen' 'Parteipolitik' 'European Union' 'Welfare state' 'Constitutional treaty' 'European Convention' 'National interests' 'Party politics'
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:38
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2019 16:20
ISBN: 1605-8003

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