While an economy is always `embedded' in society, the relationship between the two is undergoing profound changes in Europe, resulting in widespread instability which is emphasised by the current crisis. This book analyses these changes, and in particular pressures of intensifying international competition, globalization and financialization within Europe.
Combining the perspectives of economic sociology, political economy and political science, the expert contributors offer an in-depth, multidisciplinary insight to the functioning of a number of institutional arenas around which European economies and societies are organized. Areas explored include the state and public policy at European national and regional level, the welfare state, industrial relations systems, education systems and the family.
This challenging and thought provoking book will be of great interest to a wide-ranging audience across a number of disciplines, including European studies, political science, comparative political economy, economic sociology, industrial relations and social policy.
Edited by Luigi Burroni, Associate Professor of Economic Sociology, University of Teramo, Italy, Maarten Keune, Professor, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Guglielmo Meardi, Associate Professor (Reader) of Industrial Relations, University of Warwick, UK
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction Luigi Burroni, Maarten Keune and Guglielmo Meardi 2. The Social Dimension of European Integration Maarten Keune 3. The Political Economy of Social Investment Anton Hemerijck 4. Gender, Family and the Labour Market in Post-industrial Societies: A New Social Compromise? Teresa Jurado-Guerrero, Maria Jose Gonzalez Lopez and Manuela Naldini 5. Academia's Place in European Capitalist Systems and the Conservative Reform Movement Simcha Jong 6. Industrial Relations after European State Traditions? Guglielmo Meardi 7. European Unions After the Crisis Roland Erne 8. States in Transition, Research About the State in Flux Patrick Le Gales 9. Changing Varieties of Capitalism. Societal Consequences of Spatial and Institutional Fragmentation in Germany and Italy Ulrich Glassmann 10. The Boundaries between Economy and Society in European Cities Luigi Burroni 11. Social Institutions Among Economists in the Wake of the Financial Crisis Henry Farrell Index