European Integration and the Social Model. Social Policy Organisation and Change in the European Union

Project leader

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 1950000 SEK


An increased social dimension is added to the supranational cooperation in Europe. At the European level there is an interest in creating a social model satisfying supranational demands for competition and security. However, common social policy trends are unclear and we do not know which model will characterise social Europe in the future. The purpose of this project is to analyse different social policy strategies from a European perspective. Emphasis is placed on institutional comparisons and cross-country evaluations of social policy outcomes. This strategy gives exceptional possibilities to illuminate welfare state change. Focus is on public cash provisions where the interplay between transfers and labor market structures is observed. The project will specify the content of the European social model and analyse the extent to which countries converge towards common social standards. The influence of EU on this development is essential to the project. The empirical analyses combine institutional data on social policy structures and data on social policy outcomes at the individual level. The ambition is to provide a comprehensive analysis of social policy developments and outcomes in EU, which includes the Eastern and Southern European countries.

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