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Solidarity in Europe

Citizens' Responses in Times of Crisis

Editors: Lahusen, Christian, Grasso, Maria T. (Eds.)

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  • Investigates whether solidarity is on the retreat within the European citizenry 
  • Evaluates how strongly solidarity is rooted at the individual level, both in terms of attitudes and practices
  • Presents empirical evidence from 8 European countries
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This open access volume provides evidence-based knowledge on European solidarity and citizen responses in times of crisis. Does the crisis of European integration translate into a crisis of European solidarity, and if yes, what are the manifestations at the level of individual citizens? How strongly is solidarity rooted at the individual level, both in terms of attitudes and practices? And which driving factors and mechanisms contribute to the reproduction and/or corrosion of solidarity in times of crisis? Using findings from the EU Horizon 2020 funded research project “European paths to transnational solidarity at times of crisis: Conditions, forms, role-models and policy responses” (TransSOL), the books addresses these questions and provides cross-national comparisons of eight European countries – Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and the UK. It will appeal to students, scholars and policymakers interested in the Eurocrisis, politics and sociology.  

About the authors

Christian Lahusen holds a Chair of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at Siegen University, Germany. He studied sociology in Düsseldorf and Madrid and received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. His research interests include social theories, political sociology and the sociology of European societies and European integration.

Maria T. Grasso is Professor at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, UK. She is the author of Generations, Political Participation and Social Change in Western Europe (2016) and co-editor of Austerity and Protest: Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisis (2015). Her research focuses on political sociology and political engagement.



“Based on unique international survey data, this book shows us a much needed, and exceptionally detailed, picture of the solidaristic acts and ideas of Europeans in the context of pressing economic, cultural, and political challenges. A timely, insightful, and thought-provoking contribution to our understanding of the viability of solidarity as a cornerstone of social organization in Europe.” (Professor Wim van Oorschot, KU Leuven, Belgium)

Solidarity in Europe is a timely book. Austerity measures, the inflow of refugees, and the rise of populism have placed considerable strain on European solidarity. This insightful book provides a rich and variegated picture of solidarity in Europe, and redresses false conceptions about solidarity and further addresses a key issue: our capacity to live together and to create social cohesion. “ (Professor Florence Passy, University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

“A most timely empirical analysis of attitudes of solidarity in Europe! With a range of different indicators, it demonstrates national variations and common patterns of attitudes in eight countries and stimulates the reader to reflect on present challenges for solidarity in general and particularly for the European Union.” (Professor Emeritus Steinar Stjernø, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Solidarity in Europe–European Solidarity: An Introduction

    Pages 1-18

    Lahusen, Christian (et al.)

  • Toward a New Conditionality of Welfare? Reconsidering Solidarity in the Danish Welfare State

    Pages 19-41

    Trenz, Hans-Jörg (et al.)

  • Solidarity Activism in Germany: What Explains Different Types and Levels of Engagement?

    Pages 43-71

    Kiess, Johannes (et al.)

  • Pulling Together or Pulling Apart? Solidarity in the Post-Crisis UK

    Pages 73-101

    Montgomery, Tom (et al.)

  • Solidarity Practices in Poland and Their Social Capital Foundations

    Pages 103-126

    Kurowska, Anna (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Solidarity in Europe
Book Subtitle
Citizens' Responses in Times of Crisis
  • Christian Lahusen
  • Maria T. Grasso
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
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Hardcover ISBN
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Number of Pages
XX, 287
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations