Book review: Handbook of European Social Policy / Patricia Kennett & Noemi Lendvai-Bainton (eds). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017. 458 pp. £160 (hbk). ISBN 9781783476459 and The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare State Systems / Christian Aspalter (ed.). London: Routledge. 498 pp. £175 (hbk). ISBN 9781472449306

Ginsburg, Norman (2018) Book review: Handbook of European Social Policy / Patricia Kennett & Noemi Lendvai-Bainton (eds). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017. 458 pp. £160 (hbk). ISBN 9781783476459 and The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare State Systems / Christian Aspalter (ed.). London: Routledge. 498 pp. £175 (hbk). ISBN 9781472449306. Critical Social Policy, 38 (3). pp. 615-617. ISSN 1461-703X

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There was a moment about 25 years ago when Social Europe and the European Social Model seemed to be within touching distance of becoming reality. Jacques Delors was the dynamic President of the European Commission and it was quite widely believed that his vision of economic integration would entail ‘harmonisation’ of social policies among the EU (15) underpinned by a commitment to furthering social equalities. Sadly in many ways this has not come about for a host of reasons, above all because of the hegemonic influence of neoliberal economic and social policy thinking, exemplified in the approach to the Greek crisis. Yet social policy in Europe remains located primarily at the national government level.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: social policy; welfare state systems
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Sciences
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Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2018 11:29
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2018 11:29
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/2582

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