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The research theme Socio-Economic Challenges focuses on two key issues: globalisation, European integration and their impact on the welfare state; and the institutional architecture of European solidarity.

Central questions to be explored within each cluster include the following: What are the consequences of economic globalisation and Europeanisation for the protection and quality of European workers? How much integration of what type does the EU need in order to tackle problems of inequality and divergence among individuals and member states? What is the political feasibility of cross-border solidarity within the Economic and Monetary Union and the Single Market and what forms should they take? To what extent should certain welfare state functions be provided at the European level?

Theme Group Leaders

Prof. dr. M. (Marija) Bartl

Faculty of Law

Dep. Private Law

Prof. B.M. (Brian) Burgoon

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Political Economy and Transnational Governance

Dr. P.J. (Paul) van den Noord

Faculty of Economics and Business

Sectie Macro & International Economics