Research Handbook on European Social Security Law
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Research Handbook on European Social Security Law

Edited by Frans Pennings and Gijsbert Vonk

This Handbook encompasses four dimensions of European social security law: social security as a human right, standard setting in social security, the protection of mobile persons and migrants and the global context of European social security law. It pays attention to both EU law and to various instruments of the Council of Europe. In 25 chapters prominent experts analyse contemporary debates, discuss new challenges and point out further lines of research. Through this exploration, the Handbook provides a source of inspiration for the development of this special field of law.
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Chapter 22: The land of four quarters: The future of European social security law

Gijsbert Vonk


The chapter deals with the future of EU security law. The possible developments are presented on a raster matrix. The horizontal axis depicts the intensity of the process of European integration. The process may deepen and accelerate (EU united) or it may grind to a halt or even reverse (EU disintegration). The vertical axis depicts the possible evolution of social security between the two extremes of ‘consolidation’ and ‘fragmentation’. The future scenarios must be seen as the results (governance models) ensuing from the four possible combinations which exist in the matrix raster. How do the proposals presented in the other chapters of this book relate to these governance models?

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