This is a discerning and relevant book providing an informed analysis of European society which identifies and defines contemporary issues and engages with key social theoretical perspectives. Covering the substantive historical sociological aspects of Europe (Part 1), the historical and comparative sociology of the nation-state (Part 2), and the comparative sociology of welfare capitalism (Part 3) Maurice Roche sets out a clear and effective framework for understanding the sociology of Europe.

The EU and the European Social Complex: The Europeanisation of Welfare States and Welfare Capitalism?

The EU and the European social complex: The Europeanisation of welfare states and welfare capitalism?


From a sociological perspective it might be argued that a distinctive European society is beginning to emerge in the contemporary period, and that the EU is at the heart of this process. The EU is not a nation-state type of society, but rather is a unique, complex and changing social formation linking its numerous (currently 27) member states. It links them as a societal complex which is multidimensional in terms of economy, polity and culture, and multi-levelled in terms of supra-national, national and sub-national/regional levels, and which can be analysed in terms of the analogies of ...

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