Call for papers - What Future for the European Social Models?
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Call for papers - What Future for the European Social Models?
The scientific quarterly journal L'Europe en formation invites would-be contributors to submit paper proposals for the forthcoming thematic issue on What Future for the European Social Models?, to be published in Summer 2014.
Although many discussions and publications have been raising the issue of European Social Model (ESM) for several decades, it is clear that the convergence of the national models of the EU 28 is far from being achieved. The ESM is characterized by providing a certain level of protection of individuals against the economic, social and existential risks. It concerns the protective regulations and redistribution institutions that embed individual relationships within a collective framework ensuring a certain degree of stability of both employment and income, as well as access to social services.
ESM has several characteristics: 1 / Protection of employees (labour law relating to the employment contract, working hours, safety at workplace). 2 / Certain level of protection against key social risks: sickness, old age, unemployment, poverty. 3 / Participation of the trade unions and management representatives in the process of regulation of work and employment conditions through collective 'bargaining' at various levels (national, branch, company) and participation in the management of social insurance schemes. 4 / Promotion of equality between women and men, especially within the labour market.
The ESM is an ideal model that is constrained by the disparities between European countries. The harmonization of the social model was one of the goals of the European integration in the Treaty of Rome. However, it has never been a condition for the creation of the common market and was subsequently abandoned when it was agreed that each member would remain master of its own social system. In addition, each of the enlargement waves have further complicated the defining of the common social standards—with every new membership, the diversity among the protection schemes continues to increase.
So far, not only social Europe has been forgotten by the Union, but additionally, the differences between the policy makers, social partners (including trade unions) and the sovereign people are numerous in regard with what should be the social model, its major goals, its budget, its funding, and all this in a context of deficits and critical debt, on a one hand, and a sluggish growth on the other.
Under these conditions, the major interrogations are whether some models are out of breath (as the French model, for example) and if budgetary constraints in an aging Europe will eventually challenge the most protective models? Simultaneously, in the context of withdrawal and a decline in certain forms of solidarity, will we be witnessing a rise of individual behaviour (or individualistic)? Antagonisms (real or perceived as such) between young and old, sick and healthy, employed and unemployed, public sector and private sector, active employees and retired, employees receiving or not a minimum wage, nationals and immigrants etc.—will they contribute to alienate the Europeans from the solidarity that was born during the post-war years and was set up, for example, with the social model inspired by Bismarck or Beveridge?
Each social model sets the establishment of a respective social policy that should be distinguished from social protection and, of course, from the welfare state. There are at least three different conceptions of social policy: the liberal conception, the mutualistic conception and the collective one. The current debate is about the definition of the field of the social policy and about its funding in a European and global context that is no longer the same as the one of the post-war period.
Submissions may address the following topics:
1 /The budgetary constraints of the highly protective European social models.
2 / The evolution of ESM in the context of population aging.
3 / The role of the social partners in the development or the reforming of the social models.
4/ The disparities between the social models in the EU-28.
5 / Theoretical differences between the already existing social models within EU.
6 / The economic and political obstacles to convergence of the European social models.
7 / Should EU evolve "its" social model in regard with the globalization?
8 / Is the British model the future European model?
9/ Has the end of the ESM been planned?
10 /Is the concept of the European social model compatible with the principle of subsidiarity requirements?
11/ The propositions for basic income, do they constitute a credible alternative to the existing social models?
Contributions are accepted from researchers and practitioners from all fields of social sciences, and can be written in English or French. Interdisciplinary contributions are encouraged, as well as theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches.
Proposals (in English or French) should be submitted by 15th of March, at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com. It should include the title of the proposed article, a brief presentation (500words), and the CV of the author separately.
Proposals will be submitted to the members of an Advisory Board. Once the proposal isaccepted, the article should be submitted before 15th of July. Once received, each article will be submitted to a blind peer-review procedure. It will be published in the summer 2014 issue (expected month of publication: September). The papers, of 5.000 to 10.000 words in length (including footnotes and excluding bibliography), may be written in English or French. An abstract of 150 words should be added to the article (with a translation in the other language if possible), as well as a brief presentation of the author (100 words).
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ L’Europe en formation, founded in 1960, is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal focusing on European Integration and policies, International Relations and Federalism. Articles are written either in English or in French. For more information about the Journal please visit our website: http://www.europeenformation.eu The journal is electronically circulated through the scientific platform Cairn.info : http://www.cairn.info/revue-l-europe-en-formation.htm __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ With the financial support of the European Union (Education and Culture – Lifelong Learning Programme) __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ L’Europe en formation is published by CIFE (Centre international de formation européenne). Established in 1954, the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) is a private non-profit international organisation which provides several European Master studies programmes as well as Summer Schools, conferences and publications. CIFE carries out its activities from Nice, Berlin, Brussels and Istanbul. Since 2005, CIFE is presided over by Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg. CIFE’s Director General is Dr. Matthias Waechter.
Ana Chokreva Valette,
L'Europe en Formation
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