Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Christian Lahusen, Maria Grasso
    Pages 1-18 Open Access
  3. Johannes Kiess, Christian Lahusen, Ulrike Zschache
    Pages 43-71 Open Access
  4. Tom Montgomery, Simone Baglioni, Olga Biosca, Maria Grasso
    Pages 73-101 Open Access
  5. Anna Kurowska, Maria Theiss
    Pages 103-126 Open Access
  6. Nicola Maggini
    Pages 127-167 Open Access
  7. Stefania Kalogeraki
    Pages 169-194 Open Access
  8. Eva Fernández G. G.
    Pages 195-226 Open Access
  9. Manlio Cinalli, Maria Jimena Sanhueza
    Pages 227-251 Open Access
  10. Christian Lahusen, Maria Grasso
    Pages 253-281 Open Access
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 283-287

About this book


This open access volume provides evidence-based knowledge on European solidarity and citizen responses in times of crisis. Does the crisis of European integration translate into a crisis of European solidarity, and if yes, what are the manifestations at the level of individual citizens? How strongly is solidarity rooted at the individual level, both in terms of attitudes and practices? And which driving factors and mechanisms contribute to the reproduction and/or corrosion of solidarity in times of crisis? Using findings from the EU Horizon 2020 funded research project “European paths to transnational solidarity at times of crisis: Conditions, forms, role-models and policy responses” (TransSOL), the books addresses these questions and provides cross-national comparisons of eight European countries – Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and the UK. It will appeal to students, scholars and policymakers interested in the Eurocrisis, politics and sociology.  


Open Access Solidarity in Europe European solidarity in Denmark European solidarity in Germany European solidarity in the UK European solidarity in Poland European solidarity in Italy European solidarity in Greece European solidarity in Switzerland European solidarity in France citizen responses to crisis European integration transnational solidarity European political sociology European welfare states Eurocrisis refugee crisis in Europe European asylum policies European citizenship attitudes towards European Union

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Lahusen
    • 1
  • Maria T. Grasso
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany
  2. 2.Department of PoliticsUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Christian Lahusen holds a Chair of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at Siegen University, Germany. He studied sociology in Düsseldorf and Madrid and received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. His research interests include social theories, political sociology and the sociology of European societies and European integration.

Maria T. Grasso is Professor at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, UK. She is the author of Generations, Political Participation and Social Change in Western Europe (2016) and co-editor of Austerity and Protest: Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisis (2015). Her research focuses on political sociology and political engagement.


Bibliographic information


“Based on unique international survey data, this book shows us a much needed, and exceptionally detailed, picture of the solidaristic acts and ideas of Europeans in the context of pressing economic, cultural, and political challenges. A timely, insightful, and thought-provoking contribution to our understanding of the viability of solidarity as a cornerstone of social organization in Europe.” (Professor Wim van Oorschot, KU Leuven, Belgium)

Solidarity in Europe is a timely book. Austerity measures, the inflow of refugees, and the rise of populism have placed considerable strain on European solidarity. This insightful book provides a rich and variegated picture of solidarity in Europe, and redresses false conceptions about solidarity and further addresses a key issue: our capacity to live together and to create social cohesion. “ (Professor Florence Passy, University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

“A most timely empirical analysis of attitudes of solidarity in Europe! With a range of different indicators, it demonstrates national variations and common patterns of attitudes in eight countries and stimulates the reader to reflect on present challenges for solidarity in general and particularly for the European Union.” (Professor Emeritus Steinar Stjernø, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway)