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Social Inclusion and Social Protection in the EU: Interactions between Law and Policy

Book | 1st edition 2012 | United Kingdom | Bea Cantillon, Herwig Verschueren, Paula Ploscar

Issues of social inclusion and social protection were brought to the fore of political and academic discussions once again by the Treaty of Lisbon. The fight against social exclusion, the promotion of social justice and protection, as well as social cohesion are confirmed to be among the aims of the Union (Article 3 TEU). Moreover, requirements linked to the guarantee of adequate social protection and the fight against social exclusion should be considered both at the levels of design and implementation of EU policies and activities (Article 9 TFEU).

The interaction between legal instruments and policy coordination in the field of social inclusion and social protection constitutes the theme of this book. The contributions essentially inquire whether there is any interaction at all, or if the two realms of law and policy of the EU function in parallel. If there is any sort of interchange between the two, in what areas is it taking place, and what does it result into?

Legal and political scholars were invited to address these questions and analyse the involvement of the European Union in promoting social inclusion and protection. The book opens with two introductory chapters on the political and legal contexts, and then focuses on the specific cases of health care, pension systems, and means of combating poverty. Each subject matter has been addressed in a complementary fashion through the lenses of juridical and political sciences, which lends the book a cross-disciplinary approach.

About this book
‘[…] a useful text for advanced students of social policy or law students who wish to look beyond the black letter law of the European Union. The book reflects its multidisciplinary authorship. Readers are likely to be drawn to those chapters which address their own disciplines and policy areas. However, as with this journal, for readers who choose to cross these disciplinary boundaries, the book will provide insights into new ways of thinking about old problems.’
Jackie Gulland in 16 EJSS (2014)

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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781780680569
Series name Law and Cosmopolitan Values
Weight 563 g
Status Available
Number of pages xviii + 234 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date May 2, 2012
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Table of Contents
  • Social Protection and Social Inclusion in the EU: Any Interactions between Law and Policy?
    Bea Cantillon, Herwig Verschueren, Paula Ploscar
  • Modest Beginnings, Timid Progresses: What’s Next for Social Europe?
    Maurizio Ferrera
  • The EU Legal Framework of Social Inclusion and Social Protection: Between the Lisbon Strategy and the Lisbon Treaty
    Mark Dawson, Bruno de Witte
  • The OMC and Beyond: ‘Soft -to-Hard-to-Soft ’ Governance of Health Care in the EU
    Bart Vanhercke, Lena Wegener
  • Harmonization in Health Care: The EU Patients’ Rights Directive
    Wolf Sauter
  • EU Coordination of Pension Policy: Policy Content and Influence on National Reforms
    David Natali
  • Interactions Between Policy and Law Regarding Pensions
    Yves Stevens
  • Between Dream and Reality … On Anti-Poverty Policy, Minimum Income Protection and the European Social Model
    Bea Cantillon, Natascha Van Mechelen
  • Union Law and the Fight Against Poverty: Which Legal Instruments?
    Herwig Verschueren