The welfare state sought to protect workers from labour-market risks. After Covid-19, reduced working time and greater autonomy must be on the agenda.
Columns & Interviews
The pandemic has brought into focus the social contract between income and contribution which can underpin a solidaristic welfare state.
With lessons not learnt, yet with the ‘rebuilding’ of Europe very much under construction, it is time for a truly social Europe.
by Jess Smee on
The pandemic closed theatres, concerts and exhibitions, imperilling many freelances. How will the creative industry re-emerge?
by Thorvaldur Gylfason on
The Swedish economist’s life of rich activity straddled theory and policy—and painting.
by Branko Milanovic on
Branko Milanovic argues that ‘stop the world, we want to get off’ is no basis for a revival of progressive politics.
by Philipp Staab on
Despite increasing criticism of Big Tech, the business models of leading digital companies are still widely admired. That’s a problem.
The current understanding of intersectionality is a dead-end for progressive politics.
by Asbjørn Wahl on
With employers on a decades-long offensive against labour, the balance of power which once secured social dialogue has been transformed.
The principle of a European minimum wage is established. How it should be set is not.
by Divia Hobson on
A green recovery from the pandemic would heal its social scars by quickly creating jobs and fostering inclusion.
by Adam Tooze on
Adam Tooze argues that worrying about the euro exchange rate and a non-existent inflation enemy in Europe must give way to fiscal and monetary demand boosts.
by Karola Klatt on
After the summer holidays, schools across Europe have been fretting about if and when they will have to switch back to digital distance learning—but not in Estonia.
by Valeria Pulignano on
The coronavirus crisis has highlighted how the welfare state of the future must include the growing mass of precarious labour, especially among youth.
by Paula Franklin on
Protecting the health and safety of all workers in the care economy is essential, but for this to become a reality major changes are needed.