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Democracy with foresight: the key to a socially sustainable transition in Europe (and beyond)

Azmanova, Albena and Nicolaidis, Kalypso (2023) Democracy with foresight: the key to a socially sustainable transition in Europe (and beyond). In: Countouris, N. and Piasna, A. and Theodoropoulou, S., eds. Benchmarking Working Europe 2023: Europe in transition - Towards sustainable resilience. ETUI aisbl, Brussels, pp. 19-29. ISBN 978-2-87452-667-1. E-ISBN 978-2-87452-668-8. (doi:D/2023/10.574/11) (KAR id:100617)


How can the European Union steer a course towards long-term social and ecological well-being in a context of incessant emergencies? Two decades of perpetual crisis management have greatly eroded Europe’s capacity to pursue a sustainable future, as considerations of short-term expediency continue to hamper the four transitions that are necessary – green, digital, geopolitical and socio-economic. At the same time, however, few polities in the world are better suited to the design and promotion of long-term policies. This editorial draws on its authors’ respective research into progressive social transformation and sustainable European integration to identify a path for the socially sustainable transition which we now need and which the rest of this issue of Benchmarking Working Europe further explores.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: D/2023/10.574/11
Uncontrolled keywords: democracy, European Union, insecurity, precarity, social justice, transformation, social change, strategic policy
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Albena Azmanova
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2023 18:35 UTC
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2023 11:56 UTC
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