Book Chapter

The welfare dimension: understanding trans (national) solidarity in Europe



Baglioni S & Montgomery T (2020) The welfare dimension: understanding trans (national) solidarity in Europe. In: Lahusen C (ed.) Citizens’ Solidarity in Europe: Civic Engagement and Public Discourse in Times of Crises. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 85-100.

First paragraph: In times of crisis and polarisation, the value of being committed to mutual support, particularly in the absence of any legal obligations to do so or communitarian connections (Musso, 2015; Supiot, 2015) is one of the crucial components that can hold society together, along with welfare state policies and, more broadly, public interventions. We can best comprehend this type of support through the concept of solidarity and we can most easily recognise it through its organisational expressions, either formal or informal, via collective action. These organisational expressions of solidarity provide the vehicles through which collective action can reach beyond divisions and strive towards a common goal that brings benefits to vulnerable groups at different geographical levels, whether that is neighbourhoods, countries, continents or beyond.

Social policy; welfare; collective action; civil society; solidarity

Results presented in this book have been obtained through the project ‘European paths to transnational solidarity at times of crisis: Conditions, forms, role-models and policy responses’ (TransSOL). This project was funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 649435).

FundersEuropean Commission (Horizon 2020)
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online31/03/2020
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Place of publicationCheltenham

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Dr Tom Montgomery

Dr Tom Montgomery

Lecturer in Work & Organisations, Management, Work and Organisation