Project Details

Research Cluster: OISP
Start Date: 01.12.2014
End Date: 31.01.2017

Prowelfare 2014-2016

DSPI Principal Investigator: Professor Martin Seeleib-Kaiser
Funded by: Observatorie Social European

Unemployment and Pensions Protection in Europe:
The Changing Role of Social Partners (PROWELFARE)

On the base of the research started in 2013 through the project “PROWELFARE”, a new project “Unemployment and Pensions Protection in Europe: The Changing Role of Social Partners” (PROWELFARE 2014-2016) has been financed by the European Commission. The two-year project started in December 2014 and is coordinated by the European Social Observatory (OSE).

In particular, PROWELFARE examines the role of social partners (particularly of trade unions) in welfare protection through occupational schemes. It will cover two policy areas (unemployment and pensions), three economic sectors (manufacturing, the public sector and private services), and nine countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Specific objectives of the project are:

  • To provide conceptual clarification, to systematically collect information through case studies (on the countries under scrutiny), and to define a new classification/typology for the comparative analysis of occupational welfare in Europe.
  • To develop a more in-depth analytical effort to show the interplay between social and occupational welfare on one hand, and between social dialogue and occupational welfare on the other hand, while also looking at the complex governance of occupational welfare schemes.
  • To diffuse knowledge and improve social dialogue through a toolkit of national workshops and European events, media, and publications.