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Competing narratives on the European Social Model: the birth of a rhetorical alliance?
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)In: L’Europe en formation. Journal of Studies on European Integration and Federalism, ISSN 0014-2808, Vol. 2, no 372, 67-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The concept of a European Social Model is highly complex and controversial. Many attempts have been made to construct a winning coalition which could convince the member states of the EU to settle for a common social model implemented at the European level. There is now a new rhetorical figure being constructed in terms of a “social investment welfare state”. Authors like Bruno Palier (France) and Joakim Palme (Sweden) argue that welfare should be seen as investments in a healthy population, i.e. to increase competitiveness. This concept may in fact be an attempt to align social democrats with conservatives of a mercantilists leaning, i.e. those who believe in a strong role for the state to develop the resources of the nation. The rhetorical coalition is seen more clearly if it is contrasted to another possible coalition, a coalition of social democrats and liberals, around the idea of providing support for individuals rather than firms.

Abstract [fr]

Le concept d’un modèle social européen est extrêmement complexe et controversé. De nombreuses tentatives ont été faites pour construire une coalition à même de convaincre les États membres de l’UE d’établir un modèle social commun à mettre en place au niveau européen. Il existe désormais une nouvelle figure rhétorique construite en termes d’« État-providence d’investissement social ». Des auteurs comme Bruno Palier (France) et Joakim Palme (Suède) font valoir que la protection sociale doit être considérée comme un investissement dans une population saine, de manière à augmenter la compétitivité. Ce concept peut être en fait une tentative pour aligner les sociaux-démocrates avec les conservateurs sur une position mercantiliste, c’est-à-dire qui croit en un rôle fort de l’État pour développer les ressources de la nation. La coalition rhétorique est perçue plus clairement si elle est opposée à une autre coalition possible, une coalition des sociaux-démocrates et des libéraux, autour de l’idée de fournir un soutien aux personnes plutôt qu’aux entreprises.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nice: Centre international de formation européenne , 2014. Vol. 2, no 372, 67-79 p.
Keyword [en]
Narratives, Rhetorical alliance, Social investment welfare state, European Social Model
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124678DOI: 10.3917/eufor.372.0067OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-124678DiVA: diva2:901991
Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-02-09 Last updated: 2016-08-19

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