Reducing Inequalities

A Challenge for the European Union?

  • Renato Miguel Carmo
  • Cédric Rio
  • Márton Medgyesi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Renato Miguel Carmo, Cédric Rio, Márton Medgyesi
    Pages 1-10
  3. Inequality and Poverty in European Union

  4. European Union against Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Antoon Vandevelde
      Pages 187-212
    3. Philippe Van Parijs
      Pages 213-223
    4. Thomas Piketty, Frederico Cantante
      Pages 225-239
    5. Renato Miguel Carmo, Cédric Rio, Márton Medgyesi
      Pages 241-247
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-259

About this book


This edited collection analyses social inequality in the European Union, within and between countries. The work critically explores both vertical inequality, existing between those with high incomes and low incomes, and horizontal inequality, existing between groups according to nationality, age, ethnicity, and gender.

Reducing Inequalities has been written by leading academics in the field who describe the current social situation in the European Union, focussing on inequality from a multidimensional perspective that includes income, poverty, social exclusion, education. The authors argue that social issues such as these have become national prerogatives for countries within the European Union. In response they ask: How does the European Union engage with inequality today? What principles of social solidarity ought to be applied between states and citizens of the European Union? What should be the role of European Union and its institutions regarding the challenge of reducing inequality?

This book will be of interest to anyone seeking to understand inequality as a multidimensional concept, rather than solely as an economic phenomenon, across different geographical and historical contexts.


Economic and social crisis Austerity Unemployment Social exclusion Poverty Vertical inequality Horizontal inequality

Editors and affiliations

  • Renato Miguel Carmo
    • 1
  • Cédric Rio
    • 2
  • Márton Medgyesi
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Centre Maurice HalbwachsParisFrance
  3. 3.TÁRKI, Social Research Institute and Institute for SociologyCSS Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-65005-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-65006-7
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