Welfare States and Social Europe

  • Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen
Part of the Legal Issues of Services of General Interest book series (LEGAL)


This chapter examines the tensions between welfare states, on the one hand, and social Europe on the other, and the colliding principles in their historical setting. In particular, this chapter focuses on SSGIs as core institutions of the welfare state and the political response to the European impact on these public services, looking in particular at health care and long-term care. The findings point out that that although Member States attempt to create ‘safe havens’ to protect their welfare policies from European law, these may not prove to be lasting firewalls against the ‘creeping competences’ of the EU. Over time SSGIs have become Europeanized, limiting the scope and policy options for national politicians and national administrations. Additionally, the administrative space of SSGIs is increasingly multi-level, forcing administrators at all levels to take EU rules into account, when welfare programs are designed, adopted, and administered.


Member State Welfare State Safe Haven Prior Authorization Social Security Scheme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen KDenmark

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