The social dimension of 1992 : Europe faces a new EC /

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Author / Creator:Springer, Beverly
Imprint:New York : Greenwood Press, 1992.
Description:xiii, 177 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series:Contributions in labor studies no. 38
Subject:European Economic Community -- Social policy.
Social security -- European Economic Community countries.
Labor policy -- European Economic Community countries.
Public welfare -- European Economic Community countries.
Europe 1992
Europe 1992.
International economic integration -- Social aspects.
Labor policy.
Public welfare.
Social policy.
Social security.
Europe -- Economic integration -- Social aspects.
Europe -- European Economic Community countries.
Format: E-Resource Print Book
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ISBN:0313274002 (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [149]-159) and index.
Review by Choice Review

Springer provides a solid and timely introductory text on the structure and function of the political institutions of the European Community (EC) and its "Social Dimension" policies. These policies address the disruptive impact of integration on the social and cultural policies of the EC member states. Given the relative brevity of the book and the number of significant policies addressed, Springer's level of analysis is somewhat superficial. Writing from a functionalist perspective, she adequately describes the process of EC social integration, but does not provide sufficient evaluation of its likelihood for success. The book is a bit dated, focusing on events prior to 1991; for example, the relationship between post-Thatcher England and the EC is barely addressed. Based on Springer's ten years' first-hand experience with EC, the text surprisingly lacks the insider touch; most citations are from the existing academic literature and primary data is limited. Springer provides an excellent bibliography and long appendix of EC employment statistics, giving the book strong reference potential. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.-C. J. Luna, San Diego Mesa College

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