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Growth, well-being and social policy in Europe: trade-off or synergy?

19 May 2011
Claire Dhéret (Senior Policy Analyst and FutureLab Europe Programme Leader), Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES), Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)



Published within the framework of the ‘Well-being 2030’ project, co-financed by the European Commission, this new issue of Challenge Europe addresses the question of how to turn social policy into an effective productive factor, enabling well-being of Europeans and economic growth. Based on the argument that social policy can contribute to long-term sustainable growth, this multi-author publication focuses on those policies which can potentially bring the most added value to citizens’ life, and includes contributions from high-level policy-makers, academics, business representatives and experts about the future of social policy in Europe. While the first chapter explores the possible synergies between growth, well-being and social policy, the second part of this EPC’s policy journal turns to those policy areas where intervention can be the most effective. Finally, in a third chapter, the authors look at the EU’s room of manoeuvre and propose specific policy actions.

Growth, well-being and social policy in Europe: trade-off or synergy?