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Social inequalities in Europe: facing the challenge

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Allmendinger, Jutta; Von Den Driesch, Ellen

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Abstract This discussion paper describes the extent of social inequalities both within and between the countries of the European Union. In the first three chapters we address the micro level of individual life courses: education, employment and income. The following chapters analyse the societal consequences of inequalities. Chapter 4 looks at the unequal distribution of financial resources, while chapter 5 addresses the social and political outcomes of financial inequalities. In sum, there is mounting scientific evidence that various forms of educational, employment and financial inequalities increase over time. Moreover, societal exclusion is likely to lead to forms of political exclusion that is, a depoliticisation of socially excluded groups or to various forms of political extremism. This is an alarming sign for the future of European democracies and is in glaring contradiction to the democratic political values of equality enshrined in the Treaties.
Keywords EU; social inequality; level of education; educational opportunity; returns on education; employment situation; unemployment; difference in income; income distribution; gender-specific factors; affluence; poverty; European social policy
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies; European Politics
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 114 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, P 2014-005
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications