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Young People and Social Policy in Europe

Dealing with Risk, Inequality and Precarity in Times of Crisis

  • Lorenza Antonucci
  • Myra Hamilton
  • Steven Roberts

Part of the Work and Welfare in Europe book series (RECOWE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: Young People and Social Policy in Europe

    1. Myra Hamilton, Lorenza Antonucci, Steven Roberts
      Pages 1-12
  3. Constructing a Theory of Youth and Social Policy

    1. Lorenza Antonucci, Myra Hamilton, Steven Roberts
      Pages 13-34
  4. Precarity, Social Exclusion and Youth Policy in Europe

  5. Changing Transitions, Welfare Sources and Social Policies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 266-269

About this book


This edited collection provides the first in-depth analysis of social policies and the risks faced by young people. The book explores the effects of both the economic crisis and austerity policies on the lives of young Europeans, examining both the precarity of youth transitions, and the function of welfare state policies.


employment Germany labor market nature poverty social policy transition unemployment Welfare Welfare State youth

Editors and affiliations

  • Lorenza Antonucci
    • 1
  • Myra Hamilton
    • 2
  • Steven Roberts
    • 3
  1. 1.University of the West of ScotlandUK
  2. 2.University of New South WalesAustralia
  3. 3.University of KentUK

About the editors

Anna Angelin, Lund University, Sweden Olof Bäckman, Stockholm University, Sweden Ann Berrington, University of Southampton, UK Tom Chevalier, Sciences Po Paris, France Espen Dahl, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway Eldin Fahmy, University of Bristol, UK Alessandro Gentile, University of Zaragoza, Spain Walter R. Heinz, University of Bremen, Germany Timo Kauppinen, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland Lefteris Kretsos, University of Greenwich, UK Thomas Lorentzen, University of Bergen, Norway Lara Maestripieri, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy Pasi Moisio, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland Annalisa Murgia, University of Trento, Italy Bruno Palier, Centre d'études Européennes, France Barbara Poggio, University of Trento, Italy Stefania Sabatinelli, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy Tapio Salonen, Malmö University, Sweden Clive Sealey, University of Worcester, UK Juliet Stone, University of Southampton, UK

Bibliographic information


"This is a very useful and important book. It properly gets to grips with some of the most critical challenges facing young people in the light of the recent economic crisis. Rather than concentrating only on issues of employment the book takes a more holistic approach to understanding young lives and additionally locates this insightful and careful analysis within a consideration of longer term trends in youth transitions. A great achievement and essential reading for anyone interested in youth transitions in Europe both in the current economic context and beyond it." - Tracy Shildrick, University of Leeds, UK

"This highly readable and well-structured volume reviews and contrasts a range of policies affecting young people within and across European countries. The editors ought to be congratulated for successfully connecting research on 'youth transitions' with comparative social policy analysis." - Jochen Clasen, University of Edinburgh, UK

"The implications for young people entering the new economy are far-reaching and this book provides a rich illustration of the impact of precarity on young people across Europe, highlighting the inadequacies of policy in States that have abdicated responsibility for providing equally for all of their citizens." - Andy Furlong, University of Glasgow, UK