Tackling inequalities is a political imperative for the European Commission, and President Juncker has placed it high on his political agenda. This is underlined by his commitment to create a Europe with a 'Triple-A Social Rating' and to strengthen the European Social Model through a pillar of social rights.
Inequalities have increased in the last three decades. Combined effects of globalisation, technological changes and tax reforms have led to greater income and wealth disparities - a situation which has been compounded by the economic crisis.
Scientific evidence shows that higher levels of inequality are not conducive to economic growth, can have negative implications for macroeconomic stability, and can potentially lead to higher social conflict. For example, while reasons behind radicalisation trends are multifarious and complex, they include growing inequalities and the absence of concrete life perspectives for younger populations in Europe. Rising inequalities also impact negatively on democratic, social and political participation and inclusion. The goal of reducing inequality includes addressing inequalities in the education system.
Social Sciences and Humanities research inform and feed into policy making at European level.
Young people coping with inequalities - between fatalism, frustration and innovationJune 2015 713 KB
Citizen-centred reforms offer the best route to success. The findings of the FP7 funded project CoCops clearly point towards this conclusion.September 2014 441 KB | November 2013 687 KB
The role of public services in reducing poverty and social exclusion is paramount. In order to achieve these goals however, and to cater to the needs of those afflicted, greater efforts towards the integration and better coordination of services are necessary.January 2015 959 KB
How local welfare provision affects the labour market participation of women, and how female employment affects social cohesionApril 2014 483 KB | April 2014 502 KB | February 2013 437 KB
The FP7 project LOCALISE (July 2011 - June 2014) researched how active inclusion measures (combining employment services with ‘flanking’ social services) are organised in practice in six European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the UK.July 2014 526 KB
How young people’s social participation is shaped by the shadows - past, present and future - of totalitarianism and populism in Europe.July 2015 719 KB | February 2013 654 KB
A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in EuropeJune 2017 323 KB