Handbook of European Social Policy
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Handbook of European Social Policy

Edited by Patricia Kennett and Noemi Lendvai-Bainton

This Handbook will comprise of 29 original pieces from key contributors to the field of European social policy. It is intended to capture the ‘state of the art’ in European social policy and to generate and contribute to debates on the the future of European social policy in the 21st Century. It will be a comprehensive and authoritative resource for research and teaching covering themes and policy areas including social exclusion, pensions, education, children and family, as well as mobility and migration, multiculturalism, and climate change.
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Chapter 26: (Dis)integration, disjuncture and the multidimensional crisis of the European social project

Patricia Kennett


As it becomes increasingly evident that the European project is in the middle of a multidimensional crisis, this chapter forefronts a perspective that forefronts (dis)integration, scale and disjuncture in order to enhance our understanding of the dynamics of crisis, resistance and social change in a European context. The chapter locates the discussion of European (dis)integration as part of a global organic and utilizes the concepts of scale and disjuncture across three dimensions; the social, political and economic. The chapter argues that the dynamics of and citizen responses to the multidimensional crisis suggest the need for the reassertion and rebalancing of the ‘social’ and solidarity within and between European institutions, a scalar reconnect between political elites, national governments and citizens, and a reassessment of policies which are further embedding market-enhancing strategies, competition and self-responsibility in everyday life.

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