About the series

Social Europe Series

The Social Europe Series gives the reader more than an introduction to the social systems of the member states of the European Union. It offers the social security expert with comparative experience the opportunity to place his or her knowledge of (aspects of) foreign social security systems in a broader national context. The series facilitates the broad comparison of the national systems, by describing them according to a uniform structure.

Editorial board: Michael Adler (University of Edinburgh), Anne Davies (University of Oxford), Guus Heerma van Voss (University of Leiden), Frank Hendrickx (University of Leuven & Tilburg University), Frans Pennings (Utrecht University), Sophie Robin-Olivier (University of Paris X Nanterre), Achim Seifert (University of Luxembourg ), Sara Stendahl (Göteborg University) and Bernd Waas (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt).

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Available volumes

  1. Residence, Employment and Social Rights of Mobile Persons
    316 pp. | paperback

    This book discusses the issue of these links and, more specifically, the question of how EU law defines the link needed to obtain the right to reside in a Member State and the right to social and employment protection in that State.
  2. From Social Competition to Social Dumping
    148 pp. | paperback

    The European economic unification has come about without any adjusting or accompanying economic and social policies. Its effects on social and human relations go far beyond the economic and commercial domains. This book discusses the changes that are apparent at three levels: the primary economic level, the social level and the general or societal level.
  3. The Young and the Elderly at Risk
    258 pp. | paperback

    The current retrenchment of the welfare states is buffering the growing demographic and economic pressures in European countries at the expense of the young and the elderly. This book encompasses a selection of empirical studies reflecting on when and why the young and the elderly are at risk in several (mostly Western) European countries.
  4. Posting of Workers and Collective Labour Law: There and Back Again
    388 pp. | paperback

    This volume deals with the complicated relationship between posting of workers in the EU and collective labour law. It does so from a legal perspective but the author does not refrain from looking at the economic and social context in order to better understand the legal construction of said relationship.
  5. Active Ageing and Labour Law

    Publication date: November 6, 2012<
    Active Ageing and Labour Law
    320 pp. | hardback

    This book deals with active ageing and labour law and is dedicated to professor Roger Blanpain at the occasion of his 80th anniversary.
  6. Flexicurity: The Emergence of a European Concept
    334 pp. | paperback

    Flexicurity has been a core concept in the EU’s employment debates as of 2006 and was codified into common principles of flexicurity in December 2007. This study explains the development and conclusion of the EU’s flexicurity concept.
  7. Cross-Border Welfare State

    Publication date: July 16, 2012<
    Cross-Border Welfare State
    260 pp. | paperback

    The position of non-EU migrants in social security is problematic. Many European states reduce access to social benefits for categories of migrants whose presence is not desired. At the same time the scope of application of the national systems is becoming more confined to the national borders, as, for example, countries take measures to reduce the exportability of benefits. These two trends of exclusion and retrenchment particularly affect ir...
  8. International Social Security Standards in the European Union
    448 pp. | paperback

    Within the European Union, social security basically remains a national field of competence. The lack of common norms has paved the way for a large disparity in social protection between EU Member States, which is not conducive to the European single market. Moreover, it may lead to an increase in poverty and social exclusion and intensify economic competition between Member States. At the same time, almost all EU Member States are bound by on...
  9. Social Federalism: The Creation of a Layered Welfare State
    290 pp. | paperback

    The authors of this book critically assess the current stage of social federalism in Belgium and ask how against the background of the major challenge of an ageing population an effective social policy can be shaped. The book considers at which level the bulk of an effective social policy is best situated, what the role of the sub-national entities can be, and which limitations are imposed by the constitutional and European framework. The vari...
  10. Protecting Pension Rights in Times of Economic Turmoil
    196 pp. | paperback

    This book analyses the reaction of some countries to the financial and economic crisis of 2007 with regard to the effect of this economic downturn on pensions. Both European and Anglo-Saxon countries are examined. It thus clarifies the main problems with regard to accounting standards for occupational retirement schemes, the funding of both DC and DB pension schemes, the governmental troubles with PAYG schemes. Recommendations and lessons fro...
  11. Social Security as a Public Interest
    230 pp. | paperback

    Our social security systems face many challenges. Economic crises, the ageing of the population and changing employment patterns call for a reorientation of policies. In the last few decades the introduction of private elements has often been advocated as a way forward. This book addresses the questions to which this privatisation gives rise.
  12. The Recast of the European Works Council Directive
    420 pp. | paperback

    On 16 May 2009, the EC Directive 2009/38 (Recast Directive) has been published in the Official Journal. With effect from 6 June 2011, the EC Directive 94/45 on the establishment of a European Works Council or a procedure in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings for the purposes of informing and consulting employees will be repealed. It will be substituted by the Recast Directive.
  13. Collective Action and Fundamental Freedoms in Europe
    274 pp. | paperback

    Recent cases decided by the European Court of Justice have raised crucial issues regarding the scope for collective action in Europe. In this context, this collection of essays investigates treatment of the right to strike in seven Member States of the European Union: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Each national report examines how legal regulation seeks to address conflicting interests, namely ...
  14. Labour Law or Social Competition Law?

    Publication date: July 23, 2009<
    Labour Law or Social Competition Law?
    158 pp. | paperback

    In this work the author tries to uncover the parameters the labour legislators used in the development of labour protection. He formulates a number of theses that allow him to establish a theory of labour law. The themes dealt with in this work fit in an overall vision on labour in its relation with capital as dealt with in law.
  15. The Social Security Co-Ordination Between the EU and Non-EU Countries
    156 pp. | paperback

    This book sheds an innovating light on the relations between EU and non-EU countries and nationals, as far as social security is concerned. These are dealt with in a number of contributions by eminent international experts.
  16. European Union Internal Market and Labour Law: Friends or Foes?
    149 pp. | paperback

    This book explores the intricate, complex, and sometimes contentious relationship between the European Union’s agenda for a free internal market and the protection of labour standards within the European Union. Its immediate focus is on recent legal developments, both in case law and in legislation.
  17. Flexicurity and the Lisbon Agenda

    Publication date: October 17, 2008<
    Flexicurity and the Lisbon Agenda
    162 pp. | paperback

    This book aims to foster the debate on flexicurity in the European Union from a multi-disciplinary approach. It raised key questions, such as: In what context does flexicurity play a role? What are the current challenges for the world of work? What is the meaning of flexicurity? How is it to be understood in European economic and social policy? What is the success of the ‘Danish model’ and is it transferable? What is the effect of the flexicur...
  18. The Employment Contract as an Exclusionary Device
    222 pp. | paperback

    The employment contract has, in a relatively short time, developed into the atom of the normative structuralization of labour relations. In this book it is analysed from the perspective of inclusion and exclusion (as to its form, its content, and the working persons to be covered). To those interested in recent developments in labour law, and the often contested regulation of its adjoining fields, the book offers a careful analysis of developm...
  19. The European Convention on Human Rights and Social Security Law
    150 pp. | paperback

    The European Convention on Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights are of increasing importance in the area of social security. This book provides a practical guide to the social security issues which have been considered by the Court of Human Rights and to give an overview of how these have been analysed by the Court. In addition, some examples are given as to how the provisions of the Convention have been interpre...
  20. International Social Security Standards. Current Views and Interpretation Matters
    288 pp. | paperback

    The book opens with an introduction to the conventions and then presents contributions of experts working for various organisations which are of extreme importance for the implementation and understanding of standards: the Committee of Experts of the ILO, the Council of Europe, a national government, university professors, a judge, a government advisor from an East European country, and a trade union. The book concludes with a chapter in whi...
  21. The Right to Social Security

    Publication date: February 8, 2007<
    The Right to Social Security
    450 pp. | hardback

    What is the meaning of the “right to social security” for the world of today, at times of neo-liberalism and globalization? Which entitlements can individual citizens derive from this right? What is meant by “social security”? Is it only about minimum benefits, or also about income maintenance? Does it include assistance? Health care? Housing? Social services? hose are the crucial questions that are discussed in this book which brings together...
  22. Indirect Discrimination

    Publication date: July 5, 2005<
    Indirect Discrimination
    516 pp. | paperback

    Introduced into European Community law by the Court of Justice through its case law in the field of free movement of workers, the legal concept of indirect discrimination has evolved into one with far wider and greater relevance to many other areas of EC law as well. This book analyses the concept of indirect discrimination in a broad and comparative context, which encompasses both economic and social law.
  23. Legal Aspects of the European Social Dialogue
    400 pp. | paperback

    This book deals with certain legal aspects of the European social dialogue as described in the Articles 138 and 139 EC Treaty. On the one hand, legal problems with regard to the conclusion and implementation of agreements between the European social partners' organisations are discussed. On the other hand, the relation between the European social partners' organisations and the EC institutions is scrutinised. The thesis also gives some ideas f...