EU Citizenship and Social Rights
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EU Citizenship and Social Rights

Entitlements and Impediments to Accessing Welfare

Edited by Frans Pennings and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

In the 1990s, the Maastricht Treaty introduced the right to free movement for EU citizens. In practice, however, there are substantial barriers to making use of this right, particularly to integration and to accessing the social and welfare rights available. This is particularly true when it comes to accessing social rights, such as social assistance, housing benefit, study grants and health care. This book provides a detailed description and thorough analysis of these barriers, in both law and practice.
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Chapter 4: (Dis)united in diversity? Social policy and social rights in the EU

Cecilia Bruzelius, Catherine Jacqueson and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

Abstract

The authors analyse the development of EU social policy, highlighting the limited role of the EU and the dominant role of Member States in determining social rights and outcomes. The chapter provides the context for the subsequent analyses.

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