Stream EspaNet Vienne (Autriche) les 13 et 14 septembre 2022 en lien avec le projet AccessPlus – Structural Inequalities, Non-Take-Up, or Discriminations? Multiple Barriers of Access to Social Rights in Europe

Stream 11 de la prochaine Conférence générale du réseau européen EspaNet

In the tradition of most European welfare states, social policies are directed at compensating socio-economic inequalities. However, for several decades now, the European Union has developed an agenda dedicated to fight specific discriminations (Amiraux, Guiraudon, 2010). Gender, migration status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, etc. hinder specific social groups access to social rights. European anti-discrimination policies aim at guaranteeing equal treatment. This contributes to the concretisation of a form of social Europe. How are these two conceptions of inequalities compatible? Beyond this policy dimension, the literature about social asymmetries in the access to social rights has developed segmented strands. First, the literature about structural inequalities (Sørensen, 1996), shows how specific social patterns are co-related with a more or less intense use of specific social rights (Brunovskis, Skilbrei, 2018). Second, the literature about non-take-up of social rights (van Oorschot, 1991) has focused the lack of information of addressees, the poor design of policy instruments that don’t fit the needs and expectations of the public, or other political or value related motives that account for the refusal of the public to take up specific social rights. Thirdly, scholarship has as well been dedicated to discrimination mechanisms (Prechal, 2004). This last strand of research dissects on the one hand how government, agencies, street level bureaucrats, etc. actively reject particular social groups in their access to social rights. On the other, it investigates the role of barriers that systematically or routinely hinder the access of certain groups to social rights.

What are the research results delivered by those 3 research traditions? How do they combine the prospect of compensating socio-economic inequalities with the one of fighting for equal treatment? What concrete social mechanisms have been identified for inequalities, non-take-up and discriminations? Are there overlaps between the mechanisms identified by the various strands of research? How do these approaches complement, or contradict each other?

This stream will welcome papers providing or comparing research results on structural inequalities, non-take-up and/or discrimination. More abstract papers working on the analysis of various conceptions of inequalities, in relation to those three forms, or on the social mechanisms at stake are expected as well. Finally, international comparative analyses or analyses of the specific agenda of the European Union in those matters are highly appreciated.

Amiraux V., Guiraudon V. (2010). “Discrimination in Comparative Perspective: Policies and Practices”. American Behavioral Scientist. 53(12): 1691-1714.
Brunovskis A., Skilbrei ML (2018). “Individual or Structural Inequality? Access and Barriers in Welfare Services for Women Who Sell Sex”. Social Inclusion. 6(3): 310-318.
Prechal, S. (2004). ‘Equality of treatment, non-discrimination and social policy: Achievements in three themes’. Common Market Law Review, 41, 2: 533-551,
van Oorschot W. (1991). “Non-Take-Up of Social Security Benefits in Europe”. Journal of European Social Policy. 1(1):15-30.

Eigmüller, Monika (EUF, Europa-Universität Flensburg)
Giraud, Olivier (INSHS, Institut des Sciences humaines et sociales)
Tietze, Nikola (LISE, Cnam)

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Olivier Giraud (9 février 2022). Stream EspaNet Vienne (Autriche) les 13 et 14 septembre 2022 en lien avec le projet AccessPlus – Structural Inequalities, Non-Take-Up, or Discriminations? Multiple Barriers of Access to Social Rights in Europe. ANR-DFG Project Access-Plus. Consulté le 22 juillet 2024 à l’adresse

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