Tuesday, November 25, 2014


[IWS] Dublin Foundation: SOCIAL COHESION AND WELL-BEING IN THE EU [25 November 2014]

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European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)

Bertelsmann Stiftung






[full-text, 24 pages]


In order to develop effective and focused strategies to uphold social cohesion and improve happiness and quality of life in Europe, it is above all necessary to understand how complex social developments interact with each other. In particular since – as this study amply demonstrates – the different circumstances in the individual EU Member States demand flexible measures that can be adapted to each specific situation. This policy brief examines how significant social cohesion is for the well-being of people in Europe.

It considers, in particular, how income inequalities are related to social cohesion and well-being. It is based upon existing reports and specifically upon the analyses in a report prepared for the Bertelsmann Stiftung. This paper is the result of a collaborative project between Eurofound and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.



Foreword 4

Introduction 5

Concepts and indicators 6

Method 8

Country differences in social cohesion and subjective well-being 9

The link between social cohesion and subjective well-being 13

The impact of social cohesion on the relationship between

inequality and subjective well-being 16

Discussion 19

References 22

Imprint 23



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