The Boundaries of Welfare: European Integration and the New by Maurizio Ferrera

By Maurizio Ferrera

This well timed quantity by way of one of many best possible experts at the ecu deals an leading edge research of the influence of the european on welfare states at either the nationwide and neighborhood point. Given the EU's expanding effect on welfare states, this significant new assertion is poised to make a thrilling and demanding contribution to present coverage debates.

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5 Though somewhat overshadowed by the much more cultivated ‘power-resources’ approach,6 the ‘state-building’ tradition (as dubbed by Scarborough 2000) has offered important insights for the analysis of the long-term evolution of welfare states (Alber 1982; Flora and Heidenheimer 1981; Flora 1986), including its problematic encounter with European integration (Leibfried and Pierson 1995). g. Ansell and Di Palma 2004). In general terms (and in a nutshell), the notion of state-building designates a set of processes aimed at enabling (or enhancing the capacity of) a state to rule or govern, that is, to stabilize social cooperation and ensure compliance within a given space in the pursuit of broadly defined common goals.

In certain circumstances, hiding can be a fully rational response to quality decline in Hirschman’s sense: for example, when there is no belief in quality recuperation or in the efficacy of either exit or voice, or when there is a strong possibility of retaliation. One can hide not only for lack of alternatives, but also for opportunistic reasons. In the former case, hiders will be interested in quality recuperation and/or in the opening up of alternative options. In the latter case, hiders may be interested in the continuation of the status quo.

The big passion of Rokkan as a social scientist was the political development of Europe and, in particular, of Europe’s nation states and their transformation into mass democracies. The conceptual maps, analytical frameworks, and theoretical insights Rokkan elaborated between the 1950s and 1970s not only maintain fully intact their heuristic value in respect of the time span which he explored (the epoch of the national, industrial, and ‘democratic’ revolutions), but also offer a precious springboard for speculating about the new dynamics of the European state system in the wake of supranational integration and increasing THE STRUCTURING OF SOCIAL CITIZENSHIP 17 globalization.

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