Past Event

The Politics of the EU Eco-Social Policies

May 2, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Lindsay Rogers Room, 7th Floor

Workshop: The Politics of the EU Eco-Social Policies

Presenter: Paolo Graziano, Professor of Political Science, University of Padua, and Research Associate, Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po Paris

Moderator: Carlo Invernizzi Accetti, Professor of Political Science, City College of New York, City University of New York, and Visiting Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Over the past years, the debate over the need to address ecological and social concerns has grown substantially. From an analytical perspective, phenomena such as the Gilets Jaunes in France or the ecological vs. social disputes in industrial sites (such as, for example, the ILVA steel plant in Taranto) have constituted a trade-off in terms of potentially conflicting policies. From a normative perspective, growing environmental concerns have challenged more traditional views anchored on the predominance of social and employment concerns.

This workshop will examine this debate from both an analytical and a normative perspective and will address the following questions: did the European Union take an ‘eco-social’ path? If so, how and why? And what are the main dilemmas the European Union is currently facing in addressing its ‘eco-social’ concerns?

Illustration by mafe de baggis from Milano, Italy - Le Benevole, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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