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The Boundaries of Welfare: European Integration and the New Spatial Politics of Social Protection

Maurizio Ferrera


To what extent and in what ways have European integration redrawn the boundaries of national welfare states? What are the effects of such redrawing? These questions are interesting and relevant because boundaries “count”: they are a pre-requisite for bonding individuals, groups, and territorial units, and for activating or strengthening their dispositions to share. Historically, welfare state formation can be read as a process of boundary-building — essentially through the establishment of compulsory public insurance schemes. European integration has prompted a reversal of this process: free m ... More

Keywords: welfare state, European integration, boundaries, citizenship, social rights, social sovereignty, pensions, health care, social assistance, migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199284665
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199284660.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurizio Ferrera, author
Professor of Social and Labour Market Policy, University of Milan