Welfare Markets in Europe

The Democratic Challenge of European Integration

  • Amandine Crespy

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Amandine Crespy
    Pages 33-70
  3. Amandine Crespy
    Pages 71-112
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    Pages 113-149
  5. Amandine Crespy
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 255-263

About this book


This book explores the European welfare model, arguing that the rollout of European policies for welfare services has led to increased marketization. The author argues that the rise of profit-making in utilities, transport, child and health care is exacerbating rather than reducing inequalities among citizens, demonstrating how the marketization of European welfare has taken place over successive rounds of policymaking for European integration.

These rounds have motivated national level public services reform, as well as contestation over these measures from civil society groups. The study traces the developments of policymaking at EU level since the late 1980s, offers in-depth studies of contentious debates which have sealed the fate of welfare services at the turn of the century, and offers insights on the problems involved with prolonged austerity in Europe. This book therefore shows how European integration is provoking a democratic challenge to what kind of Europe citizens want.


politics political sociology European Union contentious politics marketization policy-making profit democracy public services civil society care desegregation European integration European Union (EU) Integration Nation Policy service sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Amandine Crespy
    • 1
  1. 1.Ulb CEVIPOL, Dept of Political ScienceUniversité libre de Bruxelles, BelgiumBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-57103-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57104-5
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