Investigating the extent to which the European Union can be defined as a "highly competitive social market economy", this edited collection illustrates and tests the constitutional reverberations of Art. 3(3) of the Treaty on the European Union, and discusses its actual and potential transformative effect. In the aftermath of Brexit, and in the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the book is particularly timely and topical, offering new and deeper insights on the complex and constantly evolving social dimension of the EU, ultimately reflecting on how the objective of (re)constituting the EU as a "highly competitive social market economy" might best be achieved.

chapter |14 pages


The social market economy in the European Union. Theoretical perspectives and practical challenges
ByDelia Ferri, Fulvio Cortese

part I|69 pages

The EU social market economy

chapter 1|14 pages

The EU between market state ideals and social market economy objectives

Placing the social market economy within the Union’s constitutional history
ByCharles Edward O’Sullivan

chapter 2|20 pages

The EU transformation of the social state

ByMarco Dani

chapter 3|16 pages

Social rights, social market economy and the European social model

Tracing conceptual boundaries
ByStefano Civitarese Matteucci

chapter 4|17 pages

EU citizenship and the social market economy

Shifting balances
ByGiacomo Delledonne

part II|225 pages

The EU social market economy

chapter 5|17 pages

W(h)ither social Europe?

Labour rights in a social market economy
ByMichael Doherty

chapter 7|24 pages

Social considerations in EU competition law

The protection of competition as a cornerstone of the social market economy
ByAndreas Heinemann

chapter 8|19 pages

State aid law in a social market economy

ByDelia Ferri, Juan Jorge Piernas López

chapter 9|15 pages

Services of general economic interest and social considerations

ByJuan Jorge Piernas López

chapter 11|17 pages

Cross-border healthcare and the social market economy

ByLucia Busatta, Tamara Hervey

chapter 12|18 pages

Social considerations in EU consumer law

The legislator, the court and a rhapsody in blue
ByVanessa Mak

chapter 13|21 pages

Towards a more socially oriented EU copyright law

A soft paradigm shift after Lisbon?
ByCaterina Sganga

chapter 14|20 pages

The social dimension of EU energy law

ByGokce Mete, Raphael Heffron

chapter 15|21 pages

The social dimension of the common commercial policy

ByVivian Kube, Luigi Pedreschi

chapter 16|17 pages

The social dimension of EU investment law and policy

BySondra Faccio

chapter |4 pages


Taking stock and looking ahead: the future of the ‘social market economy’ in the European Union
ByDelia Ferri, Fulvio Cortese