– how did Jacques Delors conceptualize the crisis of the model of the postwar mixed economy and how did he act on it as President of the Commission?
– why is it relevant to investigate Delors Commission and particularly its commitment
to the European Social Model, with a transatlantic perspective?
– how and to what extent did the Delors Commission try to contain the neoliberal pressures of the 1980s?
– finally, what is left?
Alessandra Bitumi argues that the crucial significance of the European Social Model must be understood in this light: as the endeavor to forge consensus, build a sense of belonging, provide legitimacy to a political vision and its underneath discourse. The European Social Model resulted from a compromise between neoliberal pressures, the Social-democratic heritage and Christian social-thought. If Jacques Delors failed to deliver on the promise of building a just Europe in absolute terms, this Policy Paper, presented at a seminar held in Brussels last December, highlights that he nonetheless succeeded in crafting an “uplifting tale” for the old continent that mobilized idealism and transcended the material. His was a deliberate and conscious effort of identity (i.e.: EU) – building. As the intellectual debate of the early 2000s reveals, overtime, his “moral narrative” has proved perhaps more pervasive than his political achievements.
This Policy Paper is also available in href=”http://www.institutdelors.eu/media/promouvoireuropesociale-bitumi-ijd-jan17.pdf?pdf=ok” target=”” title=”Promouvoir l’Europe sociale”>French.