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The Social Model and the Construction of the European Identity

TitleThe Social Model and the Construction of the European Identity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBertin G
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume7
Issue2
Pagination278-300
Date Published06/2015
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2035-4983
KeywordsEuropean identity, territorial inequalities, welfare systems
Abstract

The process of constructing a European identity has not made much progress in the last few years, and its citizens are tending to recognize themselves only within the nation states. The European Commission believes the European Social Model to be a fundamental factor in developing the identification of its citizens around the idea of a United Europe. The model is based on the necessity of activating a solidarity network and on the recognition of certain social protection rights. This element is fundamental as it brings citizens to recognize themselves as being part of the same community. The emphasis on the solidarity aspect, however, contrasts with differentiated welfare systems and with the differing levels of concrete enforceability of formally recognized rights. Implementing policies which reduce inequalities in the level of social protection between European citizens becomes a fundamental factor in the construction of a new European identity.

URLhttp://ijse.padovauniversitypress.it/2015/2/11
DOI10.14658/pupj-ijse-2015-2-11
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