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A resource-efficient Europe : flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 strategy /

by European Commission.

Publisher: Brussels European Commission 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2011Summary: Natural resources underpin the functioning of the European and global economy and our quality of life. These resources include raw materials such as fuels, minerals and metals but also food, soil, water, air, biomass and ecosystems. The pressures on resources are increasing. If current trends continue, by 2050, the global population is expected to have grown by 30% to around 9 billion and people in developing and emerging economies will legitimately aspire to the welfare and consumption levels of developed countries. As we have seen in recent decades, intensive use of the world's resources puts pressure on our planet and threatens the security of supply. Continuing our current patterns of resource use is not an option. A vision of where Europe should be in 2050 and a long-term policy framework can provide a clear path for businesses and investors. It is important to sharpen the focus on the action that has to be taken in the next ten years to put Europe on the right track and to speed up the transition.Availability: (1)

Activation and labour market reforms in Europe : challenges to social citizenship /

by Betzelt, Sigrid (ed.) | Bothfeld, Silke (ed.).

Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK Palgrave Macmillan 2011Description: xxii, 290 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and indexSummary: This book analyzes in what way activation policies impact on given patterns of social citizenship that predominate in national contexts. It argues that the liberal paradigm of activation introduced into labour market policies in all Western European states challenges the specific patterns of social citizenship in each country.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Annual growth survey : advancing the EU's comprehensive response to the crisis /

by European Commission.

Publisher: Brussels European Commission 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the RegionsSummary: This first Annual Growth Survey marks the start of a new cycle of economic governance in the EU and the first European semester of economic policy coordination. The EU has taken decisive action to deal with the crisis: as a result, the deterioration of public finances and the increase in unemployment have been less marked than in other parts of the world. The EU's high levels of social protection cushioned the worst impact of the crisis but because of its weak productivity growth, recovery is slower in Europe.Availability: (1)

Benchmarking working Europe /

by European Trade Union Institute.

Publisher: Brussels European Trade Union Institute 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 109-114 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This year's Benchmarking Working Europe report embarks upon a social stocktaking of the reaction to and impact of the financial, economic and social crisis as a means of feeding into the post-crisis and EU2020 debate. The indicators presented in this year's Benchmarking Working Europe reveal that the progress in growth and employment over the past growth cycle has been practically wiped out in the course of the past year: the EU average employment rate is back to its 2006 level, while unemployment has increased by two percentage points in a single year. Yet the impact of the economic crisis on labour markets displays considerable variation from one country to another.Availability: (1)

Empowering people, driving change : social innovation in the European Union /

by Hubert, Agnes | Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA).

Publisher: Luxembourg Office for Official Publications of the European Communities 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2010 Includes bibliographical references This report has been steered by Agn s Hubert, of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers, under the supervision of Jean-Claude Th bault and Margaritis Schinas and with the assistance of Matteo Bonifacio and Joep Konings.Summary: "Social innovation relates to new responses to pressing social demands by means which affect the process of social interactions. It is aimed at improving well being. It covers wide fields ... In its recent usage, the social innovation approach is understood to mean not only a new governance mode working across traditional fields of responsibilities with an active involvement of citizens, which is effective in addressing the challenges of climate mitigation, social justice, ageing, etc., but also the culture of trust and risk-taking which is needed to promote scientific and technological innovations. With the EU currently engaged in a new growth strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe by 2020, social issues are being brought to the fore. The lessons learned from both the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs and the financial crisis have revealed structural weaknesses and presented the social dimension of Europe in a new light: the long-held belief that economic growth creates employment and wealth that goes on to alleviate poverty has been disproved by recent events, and the time has now come to try new ways of bringing people out of poverty and promoting growth and well-being not only for, but also with citizens."Availability: (1)

EUROPE 2020 : A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth /

by European Commission.

Publisher: Brussels European Commission 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Brussels, 3.3.2010 COM(2010) 2020 finalSummary: In a changing world, we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. Concretely, the Union has set five ambitious objectives - on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy -to be reached by 2020. Each Member State has adopted its own national targets in each of these areas. Concrete actions at EU and national levels underpin the strategy.Availability: (1)

Families, care-giving and paid work : challenging labour law in the 21st century /

by James, Grace (ed.) | Busby, Nicole (ed.).

Publisher: Cheltenham, U.K. Edward Elgar Publishing 2011Description: xii, 231 p.Notes: Includes bibiographical refences and index. Contents: Introduction Nicole Busby and Grace James ; Part 1. Reconciling Employment and Family Care-giving: A Gender Analysis of Current Challenges and Future Directions for UK Policy Suzy MacPherson ; 2. Atypical Working in Europe and the Impact on Work - Family Reconciliation Clare Lyonette ; 3. Is There a Fundamental Right to Reconcile Work and Family Life in the EU Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella ; Part II: 4. The Rights and Realities of Balancing Work and Family Life in New Zealand Annick Masselot ; 5. Law's Response to the Reconciliation of Work and Care: The Australian Case Sara Charlesworth ; 6. Parental Leave Rights in Italy: Reconciling Gender Ideologies with the Demands of Europeanisation Roberta Guerrina ; 7. Comparative Lessons on Work/Family Conflict - Swedish Parental Leave versus American Parental Leave Michelle Weldon-Johns ; Part III: 8. Care-giving and Reasonable Adjustment in the UK Rachel Horton ; 9. Reconciling Care-giving and Paid Work in Ireland: The Contribution of Protection Against Family Status Discrimination Olivia Smith ; Part IV: 10. Child Welfare and Work/Family Reconciliation Policies: Lessons from Family Law Grace James and Therese Callus ; 11. Unpaid Care-giving and Paid Work Within a Rights Framework: Towards Reconciliation? Nicole Busby.Summary: This book casts new light on the key issues arising from the contentious debate around the future of the European Social Model. The book brings together leading experts to provide a thorough and well-informed response to the recent developments in European social and labour law and policy, in the light of institutional changes. The contributors provide unique insights as they evaluate the impact of the enlargement processes, the implications of the Lisbon treaty, the integration of the Charter into EU law - and, crucially, the consequences of the economic crisis.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Flexicurity : perspectives and practice /

by European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and orking Conditions.

Publisher: Dublin, Ireland European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references.Summary: 'The concept of flexicurity has been based on a notion that robust active labour market policies, lifelong learning investment and modern social security systems can ensure security of employment and income, even if contractual arrangements become more flexible and job transitions more frequent, as required by the rapidly evolving economic context. - Discussing labour market reforms and the validity of flexicurity is therefore highly topical. In a period as transformative as this one, it is more than necessary to think how employment policy can help Europe emerge from the crisis with a stronger labour market.'Availability: (1)

Flexicurity and beyond : finding a new agenda for the European Social Model /

by Jorgensen, Henning (ed.) | Madsen, Per Kongshoj (ed.).

Publisher: Copenhagen DJOF Publishing 2007Description: 610 p. : ill.Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: 'Flexicurity' - a combination of 'flexibility' and 'security' - has become a hot topic among European politicians. At the European summit on March 2006, the European Council decided to develop a set of common principles of flexicurity. Since then a stream of reports and documents on the subject has come from Brussels. The latest example is a communication from the Commission with the promising title "Towards Common Principles of Flexicurity: More and Better Jobs Through Flexibility and Security". Based hereon, the Council will in December take the final decision on the common principles. Denmark is often taken as a prime example of flexicurity, because of the special combination of low employment protection, high unemployment benefits and active labour market policy. This 'golden triangle' has won international fame and is marketed - also by the European Commission and the OECD - as a prototype of how the appropriate balance between flexibility and security can lead to high employment and low unemployment. It was therefore no coincidence that Denmark was the location for a conference attracting leading European researchers of flexicurity. The event took place in October 2006 and was hosted by the Centre for Labour Market Research (CARMA) at the University of Aalborg. For the first time, twenty up-to-date analysis of flexicurity both as existing national and European institutions and as a political strategy are collected in this edited volume. The contributions are divided into the following topics: Flexicurity as a European strategy to boost the Lisbon agenda; Empirical studies of flexicurity in the EU Member States: How far are they from realizing the ideal of flexicurity? And neglected aspects of flexicurity, like wage formation and flexicurity arrangements at firm level.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Global capital, human needs and social policies. /

by Gough, Ian.

Publisher: New York, NY St Martin's Press 2000Description: xii, 241 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Inequality and prosperity : social Europe vs. liberal America. /

by Pontusson, Jonas.

Publisher: Ithaca, NY Cornell University Press 2005Description: xiv, 242 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Taxation, wage bargaining and unemployment /

by Mares, Isabela.

Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. Cambridge University Press 2006Description: xviii, 266 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.Notes: Formerly CIP. Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-252) and index. Into & out of work INTO AND OUT OF WORKAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The Amsterdam Process : a centre-left project for new times : confronting the challenges of electability and governance /

by Cramme, Olaf | Policy Network | Diamond, Patrick | Liddle, Roger | McTernan, Michael.

Publisher: London, U.K. Policy Network 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2012Summary: The Amsterdam Process is a process of reflection and strategic thinking which aims to outline a new direction for centre-left thinking in Europe. Established by an 'avant-garde' group of European individuals and organisations, it derives its name from the famous Bethani n monastery in Amsterdam's red light district, where in 2010 a thorough post-Third Way brainstorm began: repentance and brave forward thinking in one move.Availability: (1)

The changing face of welfare : consequences and outcomes from a citizenship perspective. /

by Goul Andersen, Jorgen (ed.) | Guillemard, Anne-Marie (ed.) | Jensen Per H. (ed.).

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. Policy Press 2005Description: xiv, 281 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: 1. 'Active' citizenship : the new face of welfare / Per H. Jensen and Birgit Pfau-Effinger -- 2. The goals of social policy : context and change / Adrian Sinfield -- 3. Which way for the European social model : minimum standards or social quality? / Alan Walker -- 4. The advent of a flexible life course and the reconfigurations of welfare / Anne-Marie Guillemard -- 5. Citizenship, unemployment and welfare policy / Jorgen Goul Andersen -- 6. Paradoxes of democracy : the dialectic of inclusion and exclusion / Marina Calloni -- 7. Citizenship and the activation of social protection : a comparative approach / Jean-Claude Barbier -- 8. The active society and activation policy : ideologies, contexts and effects / Jorgen Elm Larsen -- 9. Individualising citizenship / Asmund W. Born and Per H. Jensen -- 10. Gender equality, citizenship and welfare state restructuring / Birte Siim -- 11. New forms of citizenship and social integration in European societies / Birgit Pfau-Effinger -- 12. The outcomes of early retirement in Nordic countries / Laura Saurama -- 13. The role of early exit from the labour market in social exclusion and marginalisation : the case of the UK / Philip Taylor -- 14. The emergence of social movements by social security claimants / Rune Halvorsen -- 15. Conclusion : policy change, welfare regimes and active citizenship / Jorgen Goul Andersen and Anne-Marie Guillemard.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The future of European social democracy : building the Good Society /

by Meyer, Henning (ed.) | Rutherford, Jonathan (ed.).

Publisher: Basingstoke, U.K. Palgrave Macmillan 2012Description: xiii, 235 p. : graphs.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and indexSummary: Across Europe social democracy is in crisis. The countries which formits collective home, Britain, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and France, are all currently governed by centre right parties. It seems that change to European social democracy is essential. The contributors to this volume look at what kind of change this might be. In the last decade European social democracy has ceased to be about either society or democracy. In government it has embraced liberal economic principles that undermined solidarity and association. Along the way the idea of the common good has been lost and there is no vision of a 'Good Society'. The authors explore the values of European social democracy, how it can be revived and what kind of political economy it requires in order to thrive. An international group of distinguished academics addresses these issues and looks at how European social democracy can be used the build the Good Society.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).

The transatlantic banking crisis : lessons and EU reforms. /

by Welfens, Paul J. J.

Publisher: Bonn, Germany Institute for the Study of Labor 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The key dynamics of the transatlantic banking crisis are analyzed – with emphasis on the fact that the banking disaster of 2007/08 was not really a surprise –, and the five key requirements for restoring stability and efficiency in the EU/OECD banking sector are highlighted. Most important, however, is the introduction of a new tax regime designed to encourage bankers to take a more long term time horizon in decision-making and to reduce excessive risk-taking. Banks and funds should be taxed not only on the basis of profits but also on the basis of the variability – read variance – of the rate of return on equity: the higher the variability over time the higher the tax to be paid. The quality and comprehensiveness of banks’ balance sheets must be radically improved and all off-balance sheet activities must be included in future total balance sheets. The medium term structure of employment in terms of the breakdown nontradables/tradables will have to adjust.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Towards a social investment welfare state? : ideas, policies and challenges /

by Morel, Nathalie (ed.) | Palier, Bruno (ed.) | Palme, Joakim (ed.).

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. Policy Press 2011Description: xiv, 386 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index (p.377-386) Contents: Beyond the welfare state as we knew it? - Nathalie Morel, Bruno Palier, Joakim Palme ; Part I: Towards a new social policy paradigm: Two or three waves of welfare state transformation? - Anton Hemerijck ; Redesigning citizenship regimes after neoliberalism: moving towards social investment - Jane Jenson ; Part II: Mapping the development of social investment policies: Towards social investment? Patterns of public policy in the OECD world - Rita Nikolai ; Social investment or recommodification? Assessing the employment policies of the EU member states - Caroline de la Porte and Kerstin Jacobsson ; Part III: Assessing the social investment policies: Promoting social investment through work-family policies: which nations do it and why? - Kimberly J. Morgan ; Active labour market policy and social investment: a changing relationship - Giuliano Bonoli ; Do social investment policies produce more and better jobs? - Moira Nelson and John D. Stephens ; Social investment in the globalising learning economy: a European perspective - Bengt- ke Lundvall and Edward Lorenz ; Part IV: Meeting the challenges ahead?: Social investment in the ageing populations of Europe - Thomas Lindh ; Aftershock: the post-crisis social investment welfare state in Europe - Patrick Diamond and Roger Liddle ; Climate policy and the social investment approach: towards a European model for sustainable development - Lena Sommestad ; From the Lisbon Strategy to EUROPE 2020 - Bengt- ke Lundvall and Edward Lorenz ; Social investment: a paradigm in search of a new economic model and political mobilization - Nathalie Morel, Bruno Palier, Joakim Palme. INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This book questions whether the recently promoted European 'social investment' strategy is able to regenerate the welfare state, promote social inclusion, create more and better jobs, and help address the challenges posed by the economic crisis, globalisation, ageing and climate change. To assess the diversity, achievements, shortcomings and potentials of social investment policies, it brings together amongst the best social policy scholars and well-known policy experts, connecting academic and policy debates around the future of the welfare state.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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