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Global Europe, Social Europe

Anthony Giddens, Patrick Diamond, Roger Liddle (eds)
Polity (October 2006)

This book makes an essential contribution to the debate now opening up over the future of Europe in the wake of the demise of the Constitution. Since 1989 much about the European Union has changed, including the very definition of 'Europe' itself. The EU has enlarged to 25 countries and the division between Western and Eastern Europe has disappeared.

The EU has responded positively to these changes, not only by making a success of enlargement, but by pushing ahead with the single market and the single currency. These very successes, however, have led to a reaction. Those who voted 'no' in the referenda in France and the Netherlands registered worries about Europe's future, especially on a social and economic level. For many, 'social Europe' - the welfare states that offer protection from the buffetings of the global marketplace - are under threat. Unemployment and low growth are seemingly becoming endemic across much of the EU.

How should pro-Europeans respond? What future is there for Europe's cherished social model? How will the EU deal with the competitive pressures coming from India, China and other industrialising countries? In this volume, leading contributors from a range of countries offer answers to these questions.

  • Anthony Giddens is a former Director of LSE and currently a member of the House of Lords.
  • Patrick Diamond is senior visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE as well as the acting director of the Policy Network
  • Roger Liddle is chief adviser, European Commission, Bureau of European Policy Advisers.

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Book launch - Monday 9 October

LSE marks the launch of this publication and Europe in the Global Age by Anthony Giddens with a debate on The Global Age: Europe, India, China.

Date: Monday 9 October 2006
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street
Speakers: Anthony Giddens, Roger Liddle, Patrick Diamond, Will Hutton, Peter Mandelson (tbc)

The authors will discuss the nature of globalisation and the shifting distribution of world power with other eminent panellists. After the main event there will be an opportunity for members of the audience to meet the authors during a book signing. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Click here| for more details and to request a ticket.

The launch is held in conjunction with Policy Network|.