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European Welfare States in the COVID-19 Crisis

In their latest article European Welfare States in the COVID-19 Crisis published on the Arbeit&Wirtschaft-Blog on 23 February 2022, Karin Lukas and Vincent Perle shed light on the measures taken by European governments with regard to the COVID-19 crisis and their impact on different segments of the population.

"The COVID 19 crisis has deepened existing social inequalities and created new ones. However, it has also led to a renewed perception of the welfare state as a guarantor of social security. Not without reason: Across Europe, governments took measures to prevent broad sections of the population from sliding into poverty and to protect marginalized groups and individuals in particular. While general trends and developments can be observed in certain areas, individual states are attracting attention with particularly innovative measures or are even opting for a change of course in social policy."

The article was written as part of a cooperation project between the Austrian Chamber of Labour and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR), funded by the Network Science of the Austrian Chamber of Labour.

The whole article [in German only] is available in the download section below.