“Fixing the European Social Malaise: Understanding and Addressing the Grievances of European Workers”, Lorenza Antenucci (IAI, Italy)

Lorenza Antenucci, Fixing the European Social Malaise: Understanding and Addressing the Grievances of European Workers, IAI Commentaries, 19:46, IAI, July 2019.

European citizens are increasingly dissatisfied with their standard of living and unhappy about their working conditions. This “social malaise” is resulting in growing distrust toward national and EU institutions as well as support for anti-establishment political forces. Against this backdrop, this paper provides policymakers and members of Parliament with an analysis of the drivers and implications of such trends as well as some policy solutions to mitigate these phenomena. Two key questions require urgent attention: 1) What drivers explain this rising social malaise in Europe? Is there a causal link between the deteriorating working conditions for Europeans and the growth in anti-establishment forces? 2) How have recent developments in the realm of workers’ rights, employment insecurity, and growing gaps in European social security contributed to the surge of anti-establishment sentiments across Europe?

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