The Social Progress Watch (SPW) initiative is a tool implemented by members and partners of SOLIDAR to monitor the commitment and progress made by national governments towards a more social and cohesive Europe. Through the SPW, SOLIDAR collects on a yearly basis country reports providing recommendations for upward social convergence as well as case studies presenting innovative and sustainable models to promote social inclusion, the social economy and quality job creation.
The Social Progress Lab is a space for academics, policy-makers and civil society actors to think about necessary strategies and policies to achieve a more social and inclusive Europe. In the latest publication on 'Progressive structural reforms. Proposals for European reforms to reduce inequalities and promote jobs, growth and social investment' it collects the analysis of 10 academic scholars from across Europe, with a focus on identifying and targeting inequalities, shaping social investment and shaping European policies that affect social safeguards, thereby seeking to enrich the policy debate about alternative structural reforms at European and national level.
This edited volume includes forewords by Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg's Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, as well as Thomas Händel MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. It has been developed with the support of the Social Progress Lab’s scientific advisory group consisting of Dr. Rémi Bazillier (Université d’Orléans, France), Dr. Giovanni Cozzi (University of Greenwich, United Kingdom), Dr. Amandine Crespy (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium), Prof. Dr. Ferdi De Ville (Ghent University, Belgium) and Dr. Angela Wigger (Radboud University, the Netherlands), with guidance by Dr. Lieve Fransen, special adviser to the Social Progress Lab process.