Social Rights in Times of Crisis in the Eurozone: The Role of Fundamental Rights’ Challenges
126 Pages Posted: 6 May 2014
Date Written: April 22, 2014
Although often neglected by legal and policy analysis of the Eurozone crisis, an increasingly central dimension of that crisis and its management is dramatic changes to a very broad range of social rights and entitlements. These include rights relating to work as well as rights relating to a wide range of welfare entitlements such as rights to housing, health, food and social assistance. The aim of this research project is accordingly two-fold. It analyses, firstly, what has happened to social rights in a number of the Eurozone Member States most affected by the crisis: Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Secondly, it looks at the content, location and background of any fundamental rights’ challenges made to crisis-imposed changes to work and welfare rights in those state.
Keywords: Fundamental rights challenges; work; welfare; Eurozone crisis
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