The promotion of individual and collective capabilities underpins CAPRIGHT's research on the relations between labour markets, employment and welfare regimes. This agenda creates a positive dynamic between social justice and economic efficiency, the vital foundations for a knowledge economy. The important priority is to allow every person, where ever she lives and works, to develop her own future with the resources that are available to her. What possibilities are open to her? What effective freedom of choice does she possess? What obstacles impede her plans? What forms of public action, subject to what types of public debate, are available to overcome these restrictions? How can public policy overcome inequalities of capabilities? What political procedures can Europe employ to push Member states in the direction of such change? CAPRIGHT integrates two approaches into one process: one addresses resource regimes, the other inequalities in capabilities, developed from the work of Amartya Sen. This involves disciplines of anthropology, economics, history, law, political science and philosophy, sociology. CAPRIGHT will create a critical mass of empirical research in three key areas: gender equality, professional development and work restructuring. It will contribute to the creation, on several levels, of public spaces within which processes of deliberative social democracy can address these issues. Each area is analysed from three entry points, offering empirical evidence 'from the bottom up' within a WP: the actual trajectories of peopleżs working live; situated public action; social dialogue and European policy development. To ensure a unified approach, from the hypotheses to the conclusions, the work is framed on the one hand by theoretical work and on the other by the elucidation of the political agenda. CAPRIGHT mobilises 22 partners from 13 European countries: 10 MS, 2 CC, 1 AC. Most of the partners are already deeply involved in European research and politics.
|EC contribution||€3 965 980|
|Title||Resources, rights and capabilities; in search of social foundations for Europe|
|AREA||Research Area 2|
|Keywords||Labour economics, Social policy, Labour law.|
Institutions et Dynamiques Historiques de l'Economie (UMR 8533)
|EC Scientific Officer||
Veronica Beneitez Pinero|