Policy focus

Policy focus

Policy focus

Policy focus

The Policy Focus section collects articles meant to inform on the facts, the decisions and the events that shape the social dimension of the European Union. They offer in depth analyses and interpretations about the developments occurring within the EU political arena, and try to identify possibility spaces for the strengthening of the European Social Union.

Policy focus
20 February 2018

The case for welfare restrictions in an EU “demoicracy”

In place of a social contract between individuals, we believe that the EU is better conceived as a social contract between states and citizens. This social contract is referred to as a “demoicracy”. On this account, EU citizens should be entitled to the benefits of free movement and the legal protections of transnational citizenship. However, these benefits run up against a limit: they should be consistent with the normative basis of the national social contract.

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«The new tools of enforcing "discipline", austerity and control are widely recognized to be counterproductive in their effects. But they are the only tools the EU, driven by a constant and no doubt realistic fear of the disasters the "markets" may inflict upon its stability, has at its disposal and which are within the reach of the intergovernmental making of treaties between EU member states»