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How do Progressives Fight Back Against Populism?

Schmidt, Vivie, (2017), «How do Progressives Fight Back Against Populism?», Social Europe, 12 Απριλίου In recent years, the European Union has suffered through a cascading set of crises, including the Eurozone crisis, the refugee crisis, the security crisis, and Brexit. But rather than bringing the EU together, with concerted responses that would demonstrate its common values on its 60th anniversary, these crises have revealed cross cutting divisions among member states. …Read More

Building common ground: Towards strategic migration and refugee policies in Europe

Bertoncini, Yves, De Geus, Aart, Niblett, Robin, Styczynska, Izabela, Gastaldo, Piero, Kosonen, Mikko, Santos Silva, Artur, B. Wolff, Guntram, (2016), «Building common ground: Towards strategic migration and refugee policies in Europe», Bruegel, 6 Δεκεμβρίου This conference declaration was signed on 22 November 2016 at the occasion of the second annual Vision Europe Summit in Lisbon. The signatories are leaders from the eight think tanks and foundations convening the Vision Europe Summit. The record numbers of refugees arriving …Read More

Is there such a thing as «Social Europe»?

Fernandes, Sofia,  Rinaldi, David, (2016), «Is there such a thing as «Social Europe»?», Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, 6 Σεπτεμβρίου Although the EU developed a “Social Europe”, the economic crisis and public debt has caused an imbalance between the social and economic dimensions of the European project. In this tribune, the authors start with a brief discussion on the construction of the social acquis in order to answer the following questions: Why must Social Europe …Read More

From brain drain to brain circulation: How labour mobility can help less developed European regions

Crescenzi, Riccardo, Holman, Nancy, Orrù, Enrico, (2016), «From brain drain to brain circulation: How labour mobility can help less developed European regions», LSE Europpblog, 29 Ιουλίου One of the potential problems created by the free movement of people is that skilled workers are drawn toward more developed areas, undermining the development of their own regions. As Riccardo Crescenzi, Nancy Holman and Enrico Orrù write, this process, commonly referred to as ‘brain drain’, can present a …Read More

The Purpose Of European Labour Law: Floor Of Rights – Or Ceiling?

Countouris, Nicola, Koukiadaki, Aristea, (2016), «The Purpose Of European Labour Law: Floor Of Rights – Or Ceiling?», Social Europe, 6 Ιουνίου The evocative aphorism that ‘on ne tombe pas amoureux d’un grand marché’ perfectly captures the mood of millions of Europeans in 2016. Jacques Delors was crucially aware of the strategic importance of Europe’s ‘social dimension’ in the process of European economic integration. Social rights, and labour rights in particular, talk to …Read More

The welfare state in Europe: still worth having?

Begg, Iain, (2016),» The welfare state in Europe: still worth having?», LSE Blogs, 13 Απριλίου While there is some validity to these criticisms of European welfare states, they are also simply too crude to tell the whole story. Welfare states in Europe fulfil three distinct functions and it is crucial to understand the balance between these functions in assessing their sustainability and effectiveness in dealing with social risks. The first function …Read More

Why Global Inequality Matters

Milanovic, Blanko, (2016),» Why Global Inequality Matters«, Social Europe, 18 Μαρτίου Let me start by enquiring about the importance assumed by inequality in the public debate during these last years. As we know, inequality has been marginalised both in academia and in politics – also and especially on the left, which should have been the most sensitive to social issues. Then, all at once, with the outbreak of the crisis, inequality …Read More

The ‘Tax Shift’: A Surrealist Fantasy

Drahokoupil, Jan, (2016), «The ‘Tax Shift’: A Surrealist Fantasy«, Social Europe, 15 Μαρτίου Reducing taxes on labour – personal income taxes and employers’ and employees’ social security contributions – is often seen as key to increasing employment levels. The latest crop of country-specific recommendations issued by the European Commission is a case in point. Σχετικές Αναρτήσεις OECD tax burdens on wages rising without tax rate increases, OECD Publications, Απρίλιος 2015. Holter, H., Krueger, D. & Stepanchuk, …Read More

How low-cost labour market information benefits job seekers

Belot, Michèle, Kircher, Philipp, Muller, Paul, (2016), «How low-cost labour market information benefits job seeker», Voxeu, 10 Μαρτίου. Not much is known about the value of simply advising job seekers on what types of jobs to search for. This column investigates whether the search behaviour and job prospects of the unemployed are affected by providing low-cost personalised labour market information on potential alternative occupations. The results of a randomised trial …Read More

Introducing Kuznets waves: How income inequality waxes and wanes over the very long run

Milanovic, Branko, (2016), «Introducing Kuznets waves: How income inequality waxes and wanes over the very long run«, Voxeu, 24 Φεβρουαρίου. The Kuznets curve was widely used to describe the relationship between growth and inequality over the second half of the 20th century, but it has fallen out of favour in recent decades. This column suggests that the current upswing in inequality can be viewed as a second Kuznets curve. It is driven, …Read More