This volume is the first of its kind to discuss social welfare issues using case studies from a broad range of Southern European countries, both large and small, a decade after the financial crisis. It identifies similarities and differences in the ways in which Southern European countries engage with specific welfare issues and examines whether Southern European welfare is distinct from that of the rest of the continent. The book also engages with the impact of COVID-19 on the social welfare issues under investigation. The volume is divided into four sections, each examining in detail issues including employment, education, health, sexuality, globalization, social movements and migration.

With its contributions from experts in the field, the volume is recommended for academics, researchers and students of sociology, social policy, economics, education, politics and social movements.

chapter 1|7 pages

Introducing social welfare issues in Southern Europe

ByMichael Briguglio, Maria Brown

part I|47 pages

Welfare states in Southern Europe

chapter 2|21 pages

The welfare state under pressure 1

The case of Greece
ByMark Baimbridge, Dzheren Khadzhieva

chapter 3|24 pages

Social governance in Southern European EU member states

ByLino Briguglio

part II|59 pages

Employment and education

chapter 4|19 pages

The activation of employment policy in Southern Europe

The case of Portugal and the translation of external pressures into policies and processes
ByCarla Valadas

chapter 5|10 pages

An analysis of pertinent issues in education in Southern Europe

Rhythms of life, environmental sustainability and migration
ByPeter Mayo, Maria Brown, Michael Briguglio

chapter 6|28 pages

Territories of (in)justice

Labour justice in Southern Europe
ByLuca Verzelloni

part III|62 pages

Health and sexuality

chapter 7|21 pages

The impact of austerity policies on health systems in Southern Europe

ByMarina Karanikolos, Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, Walter Ricciardi, Martin McKee

chapter 8|20 pages

Sun, sea, and sex

A comparative study of sexuality education policies in Southern Europe
ByJoanne Cassar

chapter 9|19 pages

Reproductive politics

Policy responses to teenage pregnancy and motherhood
ByAndreana Dibben

part IV|37 pages

Globalization, social movements and migration

chapter 10|13 pages

The impact of social movements on public awareness of a commons-based democracy

Technopolitical approaches of Portuguese and Spanish recent global social movements 1
ByJesús Sabariego

chapter 11|22 pages

Saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea

Interaction between states and non-governmental organizations
ByMichael Briguglio, Maria Brown