Nikos Papadakis – Centre for Political Research & Documentation (KEPET), Department of Political Science, University of Crete; Centre of Training and LLL of the University of Crete (KEDIVIM); Scientific Board of the National
Centre of Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA), Greece

Stylianos Ioannis Tzagkarakis – Department of Political Science, University of Crete; Centre for Political Research & Documentation
(KEPET); Hellenic Association of Political Scientists (HAPSc); Steering Committee of the ECPR Political Culture Standing Group, Greece

Keywords:                    Social Sustainability;
Welfare State;
Social Policy;
Evidence-based Policy


Abstract: Social sustainability is one of the key pillars of sustainable develop­ment. In our analysis, this concept refers to the need for the creation of a so­ciety that contains all the conditions for sustainable development in terms of equal opportunities for employment and social well-being.

Currently, significant problems and dysfunctions exist as long as several Eu­ropean labor markets are fragmented with a strong insiders-outsiders diver­gence, job polarization, high labor market slack, and high in-work poverty rates, especially in precarious forms of employment. In Europe as well as glob­ally, addressing these issues is of major importance to ensure social sustain­ability. This paper depicts the state of play of social sustainability in Europe and aims to identify specific policy responses that could offer viable solutions to old and emerging challenges in terms of social inclusion, within the frame­work of evidence-based policy making mainly related to social policy.

9th International Scientific ERAZ Conference – ERAZ 2023 – Selected Papers: KNOWLEDGE BASED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, hybrid – online, virtually and in person, Prague, Czech Republic, June 1, 2023

ERAZ Selected Papers published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans – Belgrade, Serbia

ERAZ conference partners: Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor, Maribor (Slovenia); University of National and World Economy – UNWE, Sofia (Bulgaria); Center for Political Research and Documentation (KEPET), Research Laboratory of the Department of Political Science of University of Crete (Greece); Institute of Public Finance – Zagreb (Croatia); Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Ohrid, University of St. Kliment Ohridski from Bitola (North Macedonia)

ERAZ Conference 2023 Selected Papers: ISBN 978-86-80194-73-8, ISSN 2683-5568, DOI:

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Papadakis, N., & Tzagkarakis, S. I. (2023). Evidence-Based Policy Making Towards Social Sustainability. In V. Bevanda (Ed.), ERAZ Conference – Knowlegde Based Sustainable Development: Vol 9. Selected Papers (pp. 103-113). Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans.


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