EU sources -Report on social inclusion -October 26, 2015

The Bertelsmann Foundation and the London School of Economics published the results of their SIM Europe Reform Barometer online survey in the pilot study ‘Social Policy Reforms in the EU: A Cross-national Comparison’. The study reveals that there is a clear mismatch between problem awareness and problem response in a number of EU member states. Notably southern countries did not, or have not been able to, pursue reforms to make their societies more socially inclusive. By contrast, some northern member states have legislated acts that managed to stabilise or even increase their level of social inclusion in recent years. The authors also found some evidence that a remarkable shift is taking place in European labour markets, which may well herald a more Anglo-Saxon orientation of the labour market, away from the collectivism that has characterised European labour markets after the second World War.


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