PRECARITY AND YOUTH

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

COLLAPSE!

Debates

Going hungry, and the importance of absolute poverty

“While recent months have brought much welcome news on the number of people moving into employment, the squeeze on real earnings continues. While low pay is likely to be better than no pay at all, it’s troubling that the number of low-paid workers across Britain reached a record high last year.” As we set out in the Marmot review, we all…

Contributory education scheme: Theoretical basis and application

He will provide a brief discussion of how a system based on student debt can be seen ’funded’ and why it fails to ensure equity and efficiency and funding for the longer term. He will also define a contributory financing scheme for higher education based on income tax and social security contributions, and will study its…

What has the EU meant for Youth?

Generally the European Union has brought many achievements for the citizens of the involved countries, which also includes the youth. Like the freedom of movement for EU citizen, funding programs for student exchanges like the ERASMUS-Program and much more programs that made It possible for us to have a brought intercultural exchange (for example this…

SOCIAL COLLAPSE

Cuts in social protection and other adjustment measures signify a reshaping of the traditional welfare state (without forgetting between-country disparities) and mark an obvious retrograde step for citizen welfare. Many of these changes restrict access and facilitate the private sector’s entry into the management and provision of assets and services that previously enjoyed an eminently public and universal nature. This complex transformation process combines a series of measures aimed at commodification, privatisation and dismantling. While financial assistance and bailouts benefiting a small power nucleus continue, the new social policies widen the social divide still further and signify the collapse of a social model committed to justice and equity.

LABOUR COLLAPSE

The crisis in employment is a reality in Europe, a problem that even extends beyond its borders. Market access opportunities have decreased and the employment conditions and rights that previously guaranteed a job have deteriorated. This is the new situation for a growing proportion of Europe’s young people who, should nothing change, will have to make do with long periods of unemployment interspersed with precarious jobs. Increasingly, this entrenchment expands from youth to adult age and prevents not only economic empowerment and independence but also the possibility of planning for the mid- and long-term future, which ultimately means living from hand to mouth as a prisoner of uncertainty.

POLITICAL COLLAPSE

The inability of public institutions to solve the problems affecting citizens, combined with the effects of the crisis (greater inequality, increase in poverty etc.), foster discontent with politics at many levels of society. This crisis in the legitimacy of the European political model has given rise to contradictory processes. On the one hand, there is the danger of reduced participation by citizens in political life or the emergence of right-wing populism to fill the void left by the traditional political powers. On the other, there is a process of repolitisation of a part of society in search of new ways to participate politically, as demonstrated by the Indignant and Occupy movements. In both cases, the leading part played by Europe’s young people has been evident.

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