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dc.contributor.authorCORTI, Francesco
dc.contributor.authorHUGUENOT-NOËL, Robin
dc.identifier.citationJournal of European social policy, 2024, OnlineFirsten
dc.descriptionPublished online: 04 April 2024en
dc.description.abstractIs the EU evolving towards a Re-Insurance Union? The creation of SURE, an EU financial tool to support national short-time work (STW) schemes in the midst of the pandemic, has revitalized debates on fiscal stabilizers as a means to counter economic downturns and protect jobs within the European Union. Drawing from document analyses and 17 interviews with EU and national stakeholders, this study explores the politics underpinning SURE’s adoption following a decade of heated and unsuccessful debates on the European Unemployment Reinsurance Scheme (EURS). Through the lens of ‘purposeful opportunism’, the article illustrates how the European Commission leveraged prior EURS insights and the emerging consensus on STW schemes to craft SURE in a way which addressed national concerns about EU-wide welfare harmonization, while positioning the EU as a holding environment for national welfare states. Looking ahead, making SURE a permanent ‘second line of defence’ against macroeconomic shocks could contribute to further substantiating new, EU-wide, social rights codified in the European Pillar of Social Rights.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the European Research Council (ERC) grant entitled ‘Wellbeing Returns on Social Investment Recalibration’ (WellSIre), grant agreement No. 882276. It also benefited from an EUI Research Council Grant.en
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of European social policyen
dc.titleTowards a re-insurance union? : SURE as an EU response to preserve jobs in the COVID-19 pandemicen
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