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The European Social Model and an Economy of Well-being – Book Review

The European Social Model and an Economy of Well-being: Repairing the Social Fabric of European Societies

New Horizons in Social Policy series
: 264 pages
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Year: 2021
Language: English

Edited by

Giovanni Bertin, Professor of Comparative Welfare States, Department of Economics, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Marion Ellison, Professor of European Social Policy and Sociology, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Education, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK
Giuseppe Moro, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, Department of Political Science, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy

This timely book critically examines the European Social Model as a contested concept and concrete set of European welfare and governance arrangements. It offers a theoretical and empirical analysis of new economic models and existing European investment strategies to address key issues within post-Covid-19 Europe.

Book Review

This book examines the successes and failures of the welfare state model in Europe as well as the changing forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, public policy and economic governance. The book critically examines the relationship between social justice and economic growth with empirical analysis of the changing and emerging economic models impacted and influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic. It considers the potential of the European social model to continue to contribute to economic growth by keeping the majority of the population part of economic life. It also considers the benefits of the welfare state for social cohesion and political stability that have far reaching impacts that are often difficult to identify and quantify.

Other Notable Editorial Reviews

‘The authors provide the reader with the analytical tools needed to understand what has been defined as the “European social model” and to grasp some of the most pressing challenges it is undergoing, including the Covid-19 stress test.’
– Yuri Kazepov, University of Vienna, Austria

Purchase online

The eBook version is priced from £20/$26 from eBook vendors while in print the book can be ordered from the Edward Elgar Publishing website.


Foreword ix

1 Introduction: healing the divisions – restoring the foundations for a ‘Social Europe’ 1
Marion Ellison, Giovani Bertin and Giuseppe Moro

2 Moving forward together? European welfare regimes and the differentiation of welfare policies 17
Giovanni Bertin

3 Is there a European Social Model? Theorising the relationship between economics and society 37
Giuseppe Moro

4 A Europe for all with all? EU Cohesion Policy and social inclusion across EU states and regions 57
Marion Ellison

5 ‘Making it count’: investing in a Social Europe that is meaningful for young people 97
Marion Ellison

6 Power to the people? The European Social Model and the convergence of new social policies for empowerment 129
Giuseppe Moro

7 For all our futures? The European Social Model and the convergence of new social policies for older people 147
Giovanni Bertin

8 Fit for purpose? The architecture and processes of hybrid governance, and the overlapping of market, hierarchy and network 174
Giovanni Bertin

9 ‘Building a European home’: mechanisms for the construction of a common social space within the European Union 200
Giuseppe Moro

10 Conclusion: towards a progressive transformation of the European economic and social model 221
Giovanni Bertin, Marion Ellison and Giuseppe Moro

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