The post-crisis political economy of young people across Europe | New SPERI research project

With its tenth anniversary approaching, it is clear that the 2008 global financial crisis has had significant ramifications throughout Europe that are still being felt today. Many European economies remain stagnant, with sluggish wage growth and increasing labour market precariousness. Although all age cohorts have been affected by the specific impacts of the crisis, young people across Europe in particular are among the groups most affected, in part because they will live with the aftermath for longest, and in part because of the crisis’ specific impact on their socio-economic circumstances.

We are pleased to announce a new SPERI research project that will investigate the post-crisis political economy of young people across Europe today, and the role played by the crisis in explaining their situation and the emergent politics of intergenerational fairness. It will look at questions such as:

  • How young people have responded to crisis across Europe, and the extent to which such responses have been framed as being for as well as by young people.
  • How political elites have responded to young people’s socio-economic circumstances, and the ways in which intergenerational issues have been framed by elites.

We have secured new funding for the project, which will run throughout 2017, from the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) as part of our ongoing research partnership.

We are also very pleased to announce that Kate Alexander Shaw will be leading the project for SPERI and FEPS.

Kate is currently at the LSE where she is completing her doctoral research. She has previously worked as a policy analyst at HM Treasury and the Greater London Authority. Her most recent publication Organized Combat or Structural Advantage? The Politics of Inequality and the Winner-Take-All Economy in the United Kingdom (co-authored with Jonathan Hopkin) was published in Politics & Society in 2016. You can find out more about Kate on her SPERI profile page.

The new project will form a central part of SPERI’s Young People and Generational Change research programme which is led by Craig Berry and Colin Hay, as well as contributing to our European Capitalism research programme. It will also complement and link in with FEPS’ ‘millennial dialogue’ research programme.