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Inequality, Welfare and Social Justice

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How have inequalities of class and fortune, gender, race, religion, age or region shifted in Europe since the turn of the twentieth century? How have those shifts reshaped social, political and cultural spheres since the twentieth century? This cross-disciplinary group takes as its point of departure a sobering fact: after a long period during which economic inequalities progressively – if unevenly – narrowed, and poverty levels fell, most European countries have experienced rising economic inequality since 1980. This has had negative effects on social cohesion, equal opportunity and democratic stability.

Our group uses historical and contemporary analysis to explore today’s crisis of inequality, and to unpack the evolving relationships among inequality, social welfare, democracy and social justice. In late nineteenth and early twentieth century Europe the question of who would provide social services to whom and on what terms was a subject of sharp and complex political and ideological contest. The links that were consciously forged between social welfare and democracy in the mid-twentieth century were the outcome of political struggles and choices made in the shadow of World War II. However, as the rise of right-wing and populist welfarism in Hungary, France, Italy, Poland and elsewhere demonstrates, the connections between welfare and politics can be, and are being re-thought, with dramatic consequences for the rights of individuals.

 

 

Max Weber Fellows

 

wukovitsNora Wukovits 
(SPS)

 

 

 

 

 

Cluster activities 2020


14 December 2020

Kick-off meeting of the SOCIOBORD ERC project

30 November 2020
3-4:30 pm
Hybrid event (Sala del Capitolo and Zoom)

Seminar of the Inequality, Welfare and Social Justice cluster

16 November 2020
3-4:15 pm
Hybrid event (Sala degli Stemmi and Zoom)

Seminar of the Inequality, Welfare and Social Justice cluster

2 November 2020
3-4:30 pm
Hybrid event (Sala del Capitolo and Zoom)

Speaker: Dominic Richardson (Unicef Research Centre)

19 October 2020
3-4:15 pm
Hybrid event (Sala del Capitolo and Zoom)

The Allocation of Talent and U.S. Economic Growth
Speaker: Aruni Mitra (Max Weber Fellow)

5 October 2020
3-5 pm
Hybrid event (Sala degli Stemmi and Zoom)

25 June 2020
11-13 am
via Zoom

Reading group on Thomas Piketty's book "Capital and Ideology" - Part III, chapters 12  and 13 and Part IV

11 June 2020
2-4 pm
via Zoom

Reading group on Thomas Piketty's book "Capital and Ideology" - Part III, chapters 10 and 11

21 May 2020
10:30 - 12:30 am
via Zoom

Reading group on Thomas Piketty's book "Capital and Ideology" - Parts I and II

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