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.
AGENTA: Ageing Europe: An application of National Transfer Accounts (NTA) for explaining and projecting trends in public financesMay 2016 221 KB | July 2016 540 KB
ASSPRO CEE 2007 - The price of a childbirthApril 2013 169 KB | February 2013 145 KB
CITISPYCE - Combating Inequalities Through Innovative Social Practices of and for Young people in Cities across Europe
Young people coping with inequalities - between fatalism, frustration and innovationJune 2015 713 KB
COCOPS - Trends and impact of public administration reforms in Europe
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
COPE – Public services and the combat against poverty
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
DISCIT - Making persons with disabilities full citizensExecutive Summary 144 KB | May 2016 198 KB | September 2015 316 KB | December 2014 200 KB | September 2014 274 KB | September 2014 191 KB | September 2014 234 KB
ELDIA - European language diversity for allAugust 2013 1.2 MB
FLOWS - Impact of local welfare systems on female labour force participation and social cohesion
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
GOETE - Governance of educational trajectories in EuropeMay 2013 515 KB
IMPROVE - Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social policy and innovationNovember 2015 510 KB
INSPIRES - Innovative Social Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in EuropeAugust 2015 694 KB
LLLight’in’Europe - LifeLong / Learning / Innovation /Growth & Human Capital / Tracks in EuropeOctober 2015 488 KB
LOCALISE - How the governance of employment systems affects social cohesion.
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
MYPLACE - Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement (European Summary Brief)
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
NEGOTIATE - Overcoming early job-insecurity in EuropeMay 2016 503 KB
POCARIM - Mapping the Population Careers, Mobilities and Impacts of Advanced Research Degree Graduates in Social Sciences and HumanitiesDecember 2014 (1) 716 KB | December 2014 (2) 781 KB
December 2014 (3) 667 KB | December 2014 (4) 780 KB
December 2014 (5) 655 KB | December 2014 (6) 848 KB
RESL.eu - Reducing Early School Leaving in EuropeNovember 2017 259 KB
SEFORÏS - Social Entrepreneurship as a Force for more Inclusive and Innovative SocietiesApril 2017 (1) 587 KB | April 2017 (2) 1.1 MB
SocIEtY - Empowering the Young for the Common GoodDecember 2014 196 KB |
TENLAW - Tenancy law and housing policy in the EUSeptember 2015 664 KB
WILCO - Welfare Innovations at the Local level in favour of CohesionMarch 2014 203 KB
YOUNG_ADULLLT - Policies Supporting Young People in their Life Course
A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in EuropeJune 2017 323 KB