Solidarity in European societies: empowerment, social justice and citizenship
Overall, the project analyses the acts and policies of solidarity we see developing across Europe, the extent to which they involve dialogic and inclusive processes, and what outcomes and relevance for policy developments they have.
First, the project identifies the successful acts and policies of solidarity that have emerged as responses to the crisis – for instance efforts to create new job opportunities or improve access to health services. To the extent they succeed, these acts or policies may contribute to creating or re-creating the traits of inclusive and prosperous societies, by influencing both the macro-level (social equality) and the micro-level (the wellbeing of citizens).
As next step, the project examines the common elements among the acts and policies and their transferability to other and different contexts. The project studies in depth the accomplishments of the acts and policies in five broad areas: housing, education, employment, social engagement and health. Finally, the project pays special attention to social investment initiatives that are enhancing the impact of the new acts and policies of solidarity.