We initiated this blog and website as on outcome of a research project, funded by the Italian Department of Education, University and Research (PRIN 2010-11), on the fate of social rights in Europe carried out as a joint effort between the Department of Legal and Social Studies of the University of Chieti-Pescara and the York Law School.
The main strand of the project is represented by a comparison of social welfare policy of the five biggest economies in Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) as a foundation for theoretical work on the fate of social rights in age of austerity.
The main event of this project was a workshop, held in the beautiful setting of the King’s Manor in York on 4-5 September 2015, where a large party of scholars coming from different European countries gathered to analyse and discuss the impact of the financial-economic crisis on the guarantee of social rights.
We wanted to explore the question of whether, how, and to what extent the narrative of rights and their enforcement affect (and should affect) social welfare policies in times of austerity.
Namely, we addressed the following basic issues:
1 – What reforms to national social welfare law have been made as a response to the global financial crisis?
2 – To what extent and in what ways have the courts been engaged in challenges to such reforms of social welfare law?
3 – What have been the outcomes of such legal challenges –
4 – What, if any, areas of social welfare policy have been protected from reform despite the economic crisis?
In a collective book forthcoming next year we will discuss and elaborate on the findings of such an investigation, but we are keen now, building on that project, to promote a forum to keep exploring and discussing these crucial challenges for the future of our societies.
Contributing to the Blog
We are interested to hear from either academics or practitioners working in the field of Social Rights, who may be interested in contributing to the SocialRights.co.uk blog.
The criteria for posts are as follows:
- Addresses a social rights issue
- Approximately 1,000 to 1,500 words.
- Either linked sources (i.e . sources are hyperlinked in the relevant text) or OSCOLA referenced (where references are appropriate).
- Is accessible to a wide, international readership.
If you are interested in proposing a post for inclusion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Your full name and affiliation.
- A short outline of the blog post topic (less than 150 words).
- An indication of your availability for turning around the piece.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any associated questions.