In Search of a New Social Model for the EU
Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (PDT)
- Chair: Pascal Petit, University of Paris 13
Beyond an Enterprise Economy
AbstractEnterprise, innovation and free markets have been at the heart of the EUs project since the 1970s. Since the Lisbon Agenda in 2000, the EU has explicitly promoted enterprise as the answer to the EUs social question. This has isolated individuals from their communities, centralised power to financial markets and eroded venues and practices for political engagement and deliberation. A productive and socially responsive Europe needs to focus on challenging these assumptions. It needs to be more accountable, with a directly elected Commission President capable of delivering a socially progressive programme to challenge right wing national governments. It needs to reassert the social value in work, care and community. Finally it needs to enforce environmental rights as a precursor to property rights to delover sustainability over profit."
Taking Stock of the Debate about Positive and Negative Integration in the EU
AbstractEvaluating the debate about positive and negative integration in the EU is important in determining the longer-run trajectory of the EU project. Empirical and conceptual questioning of the assumptions of and predictions derived from the claim that Europe has primarily driven negative, i.e. market-creating, rather than positive, market-correcting, integration calls into question perceptions of the inevitability of European deadlock or regression in the social field . At the same time the analysis can help to suggest the feasibility of policies to overcome existing shortcomings.
In Search of a New Social Model for the EU : How the Transition to UN SDGs Could Help ?
AbstractThe environmental threat and the hazards of the present state of internationalization (in trade and finance) are bound to increase the UN SDGs in global governance. This in turn will reinforce the interest of cooperation within the EU countries to specify the goals and promote collective actions at both local level and national levels.
The relative efficiency of some policy schemes could help the diffusion of their experience across the EU and thus support the development of a renewed political basis in support of the EU project. The fabric of sustainable policies emerging in such process would set fair prevalent ways across the EU to accommodate the three dimensions of sustainability (namely the economic, social and political dimensions), which seems a precondition to get out of the social crises now spreading and questioning the values of the EU project. The paper would make a tentative assessment of the potential of some specific policies redefining the part of market mechanisms in the construction of such multidimensional sustainable strategy at the EU level.
- D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
- I3 - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty