School of Law

Professor Dagmar Schiek publishes new Edited Collection

7 January 2014 |

Dagmar Schiek, Professor of European Law has published a new edited collection titled “The EU Economic and Social Model in the Global Crisis”.

The collection, edited by Professor Schiek , who is the Director of the Centre of European Law and Legal Studies in the School of Law is now available.

In assessing the viability of the EU economic and social model within and after the global economic crisis, the editor identifies four key issues which warrant further discussion:

(1) the asymmetry of the legal and policy framework of the euro and potential recalibration;

(2) substantive tensions between the EU ‘economic constitution’ and its normative aim of social justice and impacts on national policy;

(3) the role of civil society, including the two sides of industry in overcoming these tensions

(4) the EU’s global aspirations towards the creation of a viable socio-economic model.

The book’s chapters offer two perspectives on each of the four main issues from different disciplinary perspectives (legal studies to political economy, sociology and macroeconomics). In drawing these together, it provides a unique understanding as well as a starting point for future research.

Chapter authors include Professores Guiseppe Fontana, Malcolm Sawyers and Philip Arestis from the FESSUD project (Leeds University Business School) and Professor Amy Verdun, a political scientist specialising in critical approaches of the Euro.

The book emerged from a conference on 9 and 10 December 2011, in parallel with the EU Council finalising the first draft on the Treaty of Stability, Growth and Governance. It was funded by the EU Commission and also in the framework of the School of Law Second Century events.

Review by Professor Hans Micklitz, Head of the Department of Law, European University Institute

 “The global economic crisis and the Euro crisis have shattered the foundations of the EU. The contributions in this book seek ways out of the economic bias which is inbuilt into the Treaties, so as to re-invigorate the often debated but still neglected social model of the EU. A must read."

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