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United in Diversity?: Comparing Social Models in Europe and America

Jens Alber and Neil Gilbert

Abstract

Since the advent of the European Union, politicians have increasingly emphasized the notion of a European social model as an alternative to the American form of market capitalism, which is seen as promoting economic growth without regard for solidarity and social progress. As this political discourse has advanced, social scientists and academic policy analysts have raised questions concerning the extent to which the EU and US social models exist outside the minds of diplomats and politicians seeking to stitch together a common identity. How much unity is there still within Europe after the Eas ... More

Keywords: EU, European Union, European social model, capitalism, United Sates, employment, equality, mobility, education, immigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195376630
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376630.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jens Alber, editor
Free University of Berlin

Neil Gilbert, editor
University of California, Berkeley
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Contents

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PART I STATE: STRUCTURE AND POLICY

SECTION I DEMOCRATIC FUNCTIONING

SECTION II POLITICAL INTEGRATION

SECTION III PATTERNS OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE

SECTION IV CITIZENSHIP AND WELFARE

PART II SOCIETY: CONDITIONS AND OUTCOMES

SECTION V THE GOAL OF FULL EMPLOYMENT

SECTION VI INEQUALITY AND MOBILITY

SECTION VII EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

SECTION VIII IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION

SECTION IX CONCLUSION

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