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EVALUATION of EMPLOYMENT POLICIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS IN EUROPE REGARD ING NON-INTENDED EFFECTS OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION

Objective



The aim of the thematic network is to develop comprehensive and empirically enriched european knowledge about the mechanisms of social exclusion of young women and men (young adults up to 35 years) in the context of high unemployment rates all over Europe. The analyse will concentrate especially on the effects of employment policies for young people in 9 European regions. It starts from the thesis, that - in the face of a continuing dynamics of generally decreasing employment opportunities all over Europe - those measures tend to have non-intended desintegrative effects for young women and men instead of being integrative.

The main research questions will be:

- Which is the structure of such desintegrational processes within the different vocational training and employment systems?

- Which groups of young adults are mainly concerned and how are they concerned,

- How can such desintegrative effects be avoided within a european framework for integrational strategies.

Methodically, the network will develop new forms of intercultural scientific exchange between 9/10 partners, which all have broad experiences in the fields of theoretical and applied social and youth research. It aims at a mutual widening of research horizons by

- the development of a common (European) framework of evaluation criteria for secondary analysis of national data/studies

- converging and initiating a series of actual and planned local/regional studies of the partners of the thematic network according to this framework,

- the evaluation of cross-cultural-interviews between the partners.
The framework as well as the studies will consider a gender specific, ethnical and regional perspective.

Politically, the thematic network will have a strong impact by the dissemination of its results:

- a European conference "Mechanisms of Social Exclusion of Unemployed Young Women and Men" with representatives of European science, economy and politics,

- a common publication as recommendation paper for european and national policy against social exclusion of unemployed young people.

These will be useful basic knowledge important to change political integration measures with "paradox" desintegration effects into really integrational strategies. To implement these innovative impulses onto a regional, national and european level of integration politics, the partners of the network will use their knowledge to initiate a series of smaller local, national and european events, on which there will be worked out concrete political strategies.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL RESEARCH
Address
8,Fuerststrasse 3
72072 Tuebingen
Germany

Participants (8)

Associación Regional y Europea de Analisis
Spain
Address
8,Mestral
46117 Betera
DRESDEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
5,Weberplatz
01062 Dresden
LEIDEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
72,Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
Portugal
Address
1,Avenida Forcas Armadas, Edificio Iscte, Ala Sul, 1°
1600 Lisboa
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
Address
Western Road
30 Cork
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Denmark
Address
88,Njalsgade 90
2300 Koepenhagen
University of Glasgow
United Kingdom
Address
University Avenue
G12 8RT Glasgow
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Italy
Address
Via Zamboni
40126 Bologna