© 2016

The Sovereign Debt Crisis, the EU and Welfare State Reform

  • Caroline De La Porte
  • Elke Heins

Part of the Work and Welfare in Europe book series (RECOWE)

About this book


This book offers a much-needed analysis of how the European Union (EU) has affected welfare state reforms in the Member States most severely hit by the 2008 economic crisis. Bringing together leading European social policy researchers, it shows that the EU’s responses to the sovereign debt crisis have changed the nature of EU intervention into domestic welfare states, with an enhanced focus on fiscal consolidation, increased surveillance and enforcement of EU measures. The authors demonstrate how this represents an unprecedented degree of EU involvement in domestic social and labour market policies. Readers will also discover how greater demands to attain balanced budgets have been institutionalized, leading to tensions with the EU's social investment strategy. This highly informative edited collection will engage students, social policy practitioners and researchers, scholars of the welfare state and political scientists.



Unemployment Economic crisis Social policy Social investment Fiscal consolidation Surveillance Budgets

Editors and affiliations

  • Caroline De La Porte
    • 1
  • Elke Heins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Business and PoliticsCopenhagen Business SchoolCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.School of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Caroline de la Porte is Associate Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. 

Elke Heins is Lecturer in Social Policy at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Bibliographic information


“This well-edited book provides a useful and thorough analysis as well as a base for further investigation of the EU policies on member countries’ welfare state reforms in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis. … This book provides a timely and valuable contributions on the impact of EU policies and measures on the welfare states of the crisis-ridden member countries.” (Nazimudeen Saleem, Journal of Social Policy, Vol. 47 (4), October, 2018)