RECWOWE: Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe

October, 2006 to October, 2011

The paramount objective of RECWOWE is to create a new, tightly integrated and durable European research network capable of overcoming the fragmentation of existing research on questions of work and welfare. Since the late 1970s, both labour markets and welfare regimes have been under intense economic pressures and challenged by profound changes in social and demographic structures, as well as societal norms. The relationship between these two domains has altered and increasingly become conflicting in many European countries, partly as a consequence of emerging post-industrial labour markets which are gradually embedded in welfare states shaped by and for industrial societies. In their recent developments, labour markets and welfare systems appear to have becoming increasingly disconnected.