The European Pillar of Social Rights and the Quest for EU Social Sustainability

Alexandris Polomarkakis, Konstantinos (2019) The European Pillar of Social Rights and the Quest for EU Social Sustainability. Social and Legal Studies . ISSN 0964-6639

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0964663919829199

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Abstract

This article sets out to review the policies introduced by the European Pillar of Social Rights and its accompanying initiatives in light of their contribution to European Union (EU) social sustainability, particularly in comparison with their predecessors. The balance between economic and social policies at EU level has long been tipped in favour of the economic, leaving an atrophic social side a servant of market-based objectives. Social sustainability appeared absent from the European vocabulary, at least in substantive terms, something exacerbated by the effects of the 2008 crisis. The criticisms that ensued led to a resurgence of interest in establishing a socially sustainable Union, crystallized in the Pillar and its accompanying initiatives. Despite their potential, further commitment by the Member States as well as more concrete and legally binding pro- posals are necessary, for without them this social resurgence might once again surrender to economic hegemony.

Keywords:European Pillar of Social Rights, European Union, Social Europe, social integration, social sustainability
Subjects:M Law > M100 Law by area
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
M Law > M120 European Union Law
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:34725
Deposited On:22 Mar 2019 15:05

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