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The Sustainability of the European Social Model

The Sustainability of the European Social Model

EU Governance, Social Protection and Employment Policies in Europe

Edited by Jean-Claude Barbier, Ralf Rogowski and Fabrice Colomb

This book argues that the European Social Model can only be sustained in the current economic crisis if social and employment policies are adequately recognised as integral parts of European economic policy-making. The contributing authors investigate this hypothesis through comparative evaluations of interactions of EU economic governance with national systems of social protection. In particular they focus on two key policy areas – social services of general interest and the regulation of working time – as well as covering areas such as social inclusion, active ageing policies and job quality. By combining sociological approaches with legal analyses, the book provides unique insights and evaluation of EU methods of governance.

Chapter 6: Sustainability and uncertainty in governing European employment law – the community method as instrument of governance: The case of the EU Working Time Directive

Ralf Rogowski

Subjects: law - academic, european law, labour, employment law, law and society, politics and public policy, european politics and policy, regulation and governance, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy


The chapter contains a comparative account of the EU Working Time Directive (WTD) and its implementation in four member states. The history of and attempts to reform the WTD are introduced in order to analyse the community method as an instrument of governance in the EU. The main finding of the chapter is that failed attempts at the supranational level in reforming the WTD and ideological resistance at member state level have created legal and political uncertainty and have undermined sustainability in governing European employment law.

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