In 2017 the ESPAnet Conference returns to a country in southern Europe. The Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas – Universidade de Lisboa will host this conference from September 14 to 16, 2017. It will be a challenging opportunity to discuss the new horizons of European social policy in the aftermath of the neoliberal austerity period and the Brexit.
European countries have transformed. Fiscal consolidation, the 2008 financial collapse, demographic changes, the refugee crisis, social movements, unemployment, and new political forces are all a threat to social dialogue, solidarity and the European project.
Social policy has played a key role in addressing emerging social risks, implementing social cohesion and re-building Europe.