European Integration in the Twenty-First Century provides a comprehensive overview of the many dimensions and challenges to the on-going European integration project. It employs a number of interdisciplinary perspectives to review processes of both unity and disunity providing the reader with a complete snapshot of contemporary European integration in its variety of settings.
Chapter 8: Social Integration in the European Union: Towards a Single Social Area?
Social Integration in the European Union: Towards a Single Social Area?
This chapter proposes a discussion of a key but hitherto largely unexplored element in the debate over the EU's social goals: the notion of social integration and the single European social area. It proposes a new definition of these concepts based on the degree to which individuals are locked into the social system of their state of residence. It examines the present level of development of EU social policy in the light of this new perspective, and argues that social integration and parallel development should be seen as separate processes, concluding that new forms of integration creating single social areas are taking place in ...