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Europe and the Politics of Capabilities - Robert Salais

Europe and the Politics of Capabilities

By: Robert Salais (Editor), Robert Villeneuve (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 2005
ISBN: 9780521836043
Number Of Pages: 332

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The social agenda of the European Union is shifting towards broad social initiatives that align social and economic objectives with the promotion of employment. This calls for an action framework that allows social dialogue and political deliberation to inform and complement legislative action at all levels. The debate however has been dominated by advocates of market-based solutions and their opponents, the supporters of traditional welfare states. This book, to break with this sterile stalemate, demonstrates how an employment-oriented social policy in Europe can develop from a new, different set of policy principles, specifically 'a capability approach'. Taking inspiration from the work of Amartya Sen, this book focuses on the effective freedom people need to achieve their goals in life and work. The result of ongoing collaboration between researchers and social actors, it will appeal to social scientists, students, policy makers and all those concerned with the building of Europe.

Introduction: Europe and the politics of capabilities
Products, territories and economic activity in Europe
Europe tested through its products: the Renault-Vilvoorde affair and its implication for industry and employment policies
Competences-orientated logics and the politics of unemployability
Regional capabilities and the European Employment Strategy
The territorial pacts in Italy: the competitive corporatism assumption in question
Mobilising local capabilities for a European economic project: the case of Marseilles
Employment and social dialogue at the European level: a different approach to governance of territories
Assessing EU procedures and European initiatives
The European Employment Strategy: from ends to means?
Regional growth, national context and the European Structural Funds: an empirical appraisal
Sketching European social dialogue freehand
The fourth dimension in collective bargaining and social co-operation
The nature of the open method of co-ordination
What politics of capabilities?
Capabilities, social rights and European market integration
Collective rights, deliberation and capabilities
The gender settlement and social provision: the work-welfare relationship at the level of the household
Security and the working life: new perspectives
Social needs, development, territories and full employment based on solidarity
Incorporating the capability approach into social and employment policies
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ISBN: 9780521836043
ISBN-10: 0521836042
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 31st January 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66