The European Social Model: Basis for a Strategy

  • Jörg Huffschmid


In the first half of this book we analysed and criticized the dominant neo-liberal approach to economic and social policy in the EU. The critique refers to both the theoretical foundations and the practical consequences of this approach. It can be summarized by the statement that the combination of market radicalism plus monetary and fiscal austerity is a harmful policy framework, which has led to economic weakness, persistently high unemployment, growing social inequalities and insecurity, and environmental degradation in the EU. Such developments are harmful for the majority of the population in the EU.


Social Security System Full Employment Social Equity Ecological Sustainability False Allegation 
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  1. Commission of the European Communities, White Paper on Services of General Interest, Com (2004) 374.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörg Huffschmid
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  1. 1.University of BremenGermany

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