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Project title: EUSOL - Solidarity in the European Union

Project holderAndrea Sangiovanni

Project description:

Publics across Europe increasingly feel that the EU undermines the problem-solving capacities of its member states and aggravates political, social, and economic inequality both within and across them. For many years, scholars have wondered whether resolving the EU’s ‘democratic deficit’ might increase the EU’s legitimacy in the eyes of its constituent peoples. Many have also queried what ideal democratic institutions might look like at the EU level. Yet very few have asked what is, in many ways, a more fundamental question—a question, moreover, that underlies and reinforces the growing malaise among European publics: What principles of justice and solidarity, if any, ought to apply at the EU level? Is the EU unjust? We are familiar with debates on social justice and solidarity at the domestic and global level. But what about principles for an inter-, supra-, trans-national institution such as the EU? EUSOL seeks to provide philosophically sophisticated, empirically informed answers to these questions across a broad range of issues that currently divide the EU.

Expiry: August 2023



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Project title: Technological inequality – understanding the relation between recent technological innovations and social inequalities

Project holder:  Fabrizio BernardiJuho Härkönen

Project description:

Current technological innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence, data, and computing power are nothing short of revolutionary. These developments invite many pressing societal questions.  How will work change? Will jobs be destroyed? What new jobs will be created? How will existing jobs change? But also: who will benefit most from these technological developments? How do inequalities change? Are social groups affected differently? And, importantly, what can governments do to cushion technological inequalities? How can we best educate workers to meet the demands of future labor markets? And should we really rethink welfare? TECHNEQUALITY brings together a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars from Europe's most renowned universities and research institutes to answer these questions, and work with policy-makers to co-create policies that work.

Expiry: December 2021




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