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Monica Threlfall

In: European Integration in the 21st Century: Unity in Diversity?

Chapter 8: Social Integration in the European Union: Towards a Single Social Area?

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Social Integration in the European Union: Towards a Single Social Area?
Social integration in the european union: Towards a single social area?
MonicaThrelfall

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 ...

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