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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Welfare State Formation in the Enlarged European Union: Patterns of Reform in Postcommunist States
Welfare state formation in the enlarged European Union: Patterns of reform in postcommunist states

If we allow ourselves to speculate for a moment about the question of how future historians will characterize trends and developments in European political economies during the decades after 1989, a combination of two processes seems plausible as an answer. First, they will point to the slow, halting, and inconclusive process of European integration and the concomitant denationalization (more de facto than de lege) of policy making in European states, a process which arguably amounts to a secular loss of what has been called ‘state capacity’. Second, they will probably also point to the rapid, dramatic, and largely ...

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