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15 juli 2014

Labour Market Reforms: Implementation Too Slow

In the wake of the European Commission's country-specific recommendations, Denis Pennel, the Managing Director of the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) has urged member states to be serious about implementing necessary reforms, reports

6 juli 2014

LIVEWHAT, a new research project

LIVEWHAT brings together research partners and an international advisory board of leading scientists from nine European countries - UK, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland - to examine how citizens develop resilience in hard times. In particular the project focuses on the impact of the financial crisis in 2008 and subsequent recession and upheaval across the continent.
An important part of LIVEWHAT is sharing our findings, and we have identified you as someone likely to be interested in the results of the project. Our findings will come from media analysis, elite-level interviews, new transnational survey data, policy analysis and experimental methods.

Full details for the team can be found here.

20 juni 2014

NEW: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2014

By the inspires editors:

Since the 2008 economic crisis, each year has brought new challenges to welfare states. This important annual volume with contributions from an exciting mix of internationally renowned experts within the social policy community examines the economic and political challenges that have confronted governments, and highlights the diverse ways in which nations have responded. Part One explores the most pressing questions confronting British social policy, from the school-leaving age, employment, in-work benefits to taxation. Part Two examines the political and professional dilemmas involved in the delivery and financing of social policy. Part Three identifies the challenges in integrating social policy with other areas of the welfare state, including social care, health policy and labour market policy. This comprehensive discussion of the most challenging issues arising during the past year provides academics and students with an invaluable up-to-date analysis of the current state of social policy.

The following people from the INSPIRES consortium have contributed to the book: Cyrielle Champion, Giuliano Bonoli, Marion Ellison, Renate Minas & Menno Fenger.

The book can be ordered here

17 juni 2014

NEW: International Social Security Review

Rik van Berkel & Marion Ellisson have edited a special issue of the International Social Security Review. 

This themed issue includes contributions first delivered for the stream of ''Innovative social and labour market policies in times of crisis'' at the ESPAnet conference in Poznan in September 2013. 

This issue contains articles from various researchers of the INSPIRES consortium.

To see more visit this website:

10 juni 2014

An EU that works for young people

By the INSPIRES editors:

Laszlo Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion has given a speech at the University of London. He appointed the problematic situation of the young people in Europe, concerning the enormous unemployment rates. During the speech he underlines the actions the European Union has started in order to get a grip on the unemployment rates of especcially the young people. Also some interesting figures are provided. More specific he describes the situation of the unemployment rates in the UK. Improving the level of education of the unemployed young people is one of the main points which the European Union, and her member states should focus on.

The article can be found here.
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