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date: 18 September 2019

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This chapter discusses the law and policy of social welfare and inclusion in the EU. While the EU has adopted significant objectives in this domain via the Lisbon Treaty, the political and legal instruments available to the EU institutions to pursue a developed welfare policy remain limited. In spite of this, EU law can have significant constraining impacts on national welfare states, an influence that instruments developed to better govern the Eurozone will likely strengthen. The chapter concludes by discussing the future of EU welfare and inclusion policy. As past experience tells us, the increasing linkage of economic and social goals provides both opportunities for new EU social capacities and the danger that social goals may be increasingly subordinated to economic objectives and procedures.

Keywords: welfare, Lisbon Treaty, social welfare law, social welfare policy, social inclusion, Lisbon Strategy policy

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