Amsterdam: The First Social Constitution of a Liberal Europe

  • Francisco Lucas PiresEmail author


This chapter assesses the social dimension of European Integration and the impact bestowed on it by the Treaty of Amsterdam. It analysis the developments and limitations of social policy enactment in the history of the European Union and then looks to what the Treaty brought, and what challenges social policy still faces. It then looks at how the European social model can be strengthened and protected at the European Union level in face of globalisation.


Social policy Globalisation Political development Subsidiarity Liberalism 


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  1. 1.LisbonPortugal

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