Europeanization of Inequality and Europeanization of Reference Groups

Christopher Whelan, Bertrand Maitre

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    Abstract

    In this article we take advantage of the availability of European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) data to address both weak and strong versions of the Europeanization of reference groups thesis. The former proposes that common standards of evaluation emerge as a consequence of knowledge of conditions in other societies. The latter argues that people increasingly perceive themselves as part of a larger European stratification system. Our analysis leads us to reject both versions of the thesis. Material deprivation rather than having a uniform effect is highly dependent on national context. If a process of convergence is underway, it is one that as yet has had a limited impact. In circumstances where the Europeanization of inequality is raising issues relating to both national and transnational forms of legitimacy, it is important to understand that there is no necessary relationship between such Europeanization and the Europeanization of reference groups.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-130
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal Of European Social Policy
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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