Over recent decades, European societies have witnessed increasing social inequalities. Faced with more flexible labor markets, open trade, and technological as well as ongoing demographic changes, European welfare models have been unable to effectively address this issue. Recent developments such as the yellow vest movement in France and the rise of populist parties across Europe have renewed research interest in the mechanisms driving the distribution of income, wealth, and other social resources. Although challenges arising from social inequalities are having a major impact on European societies and policy making, there is still little empirically based knowledge about how populations respond to such challenges and how these issues can and should be effectively addressed. The project seeks to fill this gap by analyzing perceptions and evaluations of social inequalities using harmonized survey data collected in 30 European countries in 2018 (European Social Survey, Round 9).
The project aims:
The project pools the extensive expertise of three multidisciplinary research groups: