The Capability Concept and the Evolution of European Social Policy
AbstractAmartya Sen’s capability approach has the potential to counter neoliberal critiques of social welfare systems by overcoming the false opposition between security and flexibility. In particular, it can be used to promote the idea of social rights as the foundation of active participation by individuals in the labour market. This idea is starting to be reflected in the case law of the European Court of Justice concerning free movement of persons but its use in the European employment strategy is so far more limited, thanks to the continuing influence of neoliberal ‘activation policies’.
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capabilities; welfare state; social rights; European Union law;
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- J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
- K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law
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- NEP-ALL-2005-05-07 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2005-05-07 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-EEC-2005-05-07 (European Economics)
- NEP-LAW-2005-05-07 (Law & Economics)
- NEP-PKE-2005-05-07 (Post Keynesian Economics)
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- Simon Deakin & Hannah Reed, 2000. "The Contested Meaning of Labour Market Flexibility: Economic Theory and the Discourse of European Integration," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp162, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
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