Social Rights in Europe in an Age of Austerity

Simon Halliday, Stefano Civitarese Matteucci (Editor)

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This collection of essays examines the promise and limits of social rights in Europe in a time of austerity. Presenting, in the first instance, five national case studies,
representing the biggest European economies (UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), it offers an account of recent reforms to social welfare and the attempts to
resist them through litigation. The case studies are then used as a foundation for theory-building about social rights. This second group of chapters develops
theory along two complementary lines: first, they explore the dynamics between social rights, public law, poverty and welfare in times of economic crisis; second,
they consider the particular significance of the European context for articulations of, and struggles over, social rights. Employing a range and depth of expertise
across Europe, the book constitutes a timely and highly significant contribution to socio-legal scholarship about the character and resilience of social rights in our
national and regional constitutional settings.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages300
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-20457-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-70059-8
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2017

Publication series

NameCritical Studies in Jurisprudence

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