Progressive structural reforms: Proposals for European reforms to reduce inequalities and promote jobs, growth and social investment

On 1 December 2015, SOLIDAR invites you to attend the public launch of our edited volume “Progressive Structural Reforms. Proposals for European reforms to reduce inequalities and promote jobs, growth and social investment.”

This publication presents the results of the SOLIDAR Social Progress Lab 2015 which was launched in spring 2015. The Social Progress Lab is a space for academics, policy-makers and civil society to reflect about necessary strategies and policies to achieve a more social and inclusive Europe.

It collects the analysis by 10 academic scholars from across Europe with a focus on identifying and targeting inequalities, shaping social investment and European policies affecting social safeguards, and thereby seeks to enrich the policy debate at European and national level about alternative structural reforms.

The edited volume comprises forewords by Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg’s Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy as well as Thomas Händel, GUE/ NGL MEP and Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament and was developed under the scientific guidance of Rémi Bazillier, University of Orléans, Giovanni Cozzi, Greenwich University, Amandine Crespy, Free Brussels University (ULB), Ferdi De Ville, Ghent University and Angela Wigger, Radboud University Nijmegen, as well as Special adviser Lieve Fransen.

Two years after the launch of our tool for monitoring social progress at national level, the SOLIDAR Social Progress Watch shows consistently the drastic impact of one-sided policy reforms focused on budget discipline and fiscal consolidation at national and regional level. Not only Greece, Portugal and other Troika-ridden countries have reached the limit of what is left of their social welfare states. Also economically prospering countries report declining situations for workers, unemployed, youth and other groups.

Despite the European Commission’s recent promise to earn a social AAA rating, necessary reforms to achieve a meaningful shift towards upward social convergence, redistribution and equality are absent. This edited volume is meant to enhance the debate about alternative European structural reforms that help to rebuild our Social Europe.

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