Social Models in the USA and in Four European Countries Facing the Crisis

A comparison of the impact of the crisis on the trajectories of social models in the United States and in four European countries –Denmark, Germany, France, Spain– leads us to a twofold diagnosis. First, significant changes, even breaking points, occurred within each national trajectory, under the pressure of norms of flexibility and the containment of public expenditure. A high degree of heterogeneity persists because of the way these norms are implementing and are supported by specific social compromises. Furthermore, the crisis revealed the absence of a “European social model”, clearly differing itself from the US social model.

Florence Lefresne, Catherine Sauviat, Socio-Économie du Travail n° 33 (Économies et Sociétés, tome XLV/8), août 2011, p. 1265-1300.

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