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Labor Policies and Redistributive Justice – until January 24, 2021

Editor: Maria Paula Meneses

Deadline for submission: January 24, 2021

Keywords: law, justice, fairness, labor, resistances

This thematic issue of e-cadernos CES focuses on the analysis of substantive responses to austerity policies in face of the waves of crisis that have shaken Europe and the world over the past two decades. Taking labour and employment questions as central references, the articles to be proposed should discuss how policies and laws have been affecting modern democracies and citizens’ rights. In the field of distributive justice, studies tend to favor the analysis of official discourses, translated into national and international policies and laws; this issue of e-cadernos CES privileges the European reality and seeks rather to establish a dialogue with the narratives and positions of the common citizens regarding the consequences of policies and legal options on their lives. In order to understand how justice or injustice is experienced by socially marginalized groups, it is important to include voices from social movements and non-institutionalized discourses. This broader approach will allow us to recognize the demands and challenges faced by these groups, as well as their views on current policies and their expectations in the context of a redistributive justice expected to be active.

The political and labour measures and options resulting from the economic and financial crises have led to an increase in the number of people excluded by and from work. This thematic issue seeks to analyse the contexts of democratic crisis, its effects on current labour policies, and the challenges facing the labour market, following the reflections developed by Wilthagen and Tros (2004), Abrahamson (2010) and Bohoslavsky and Raffer (2017), among other authors. In the last few decades, the crises that Europe has been experiencing, in tandem with the austerity measures and the devaluation of work as means to end the crises, may call into question the values of freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law – cornerstones of the Lisbon Treaty and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Authors such as Ferreira (2011), Reis (2014) or Vaughan-Whitehead (2015) highlight that the various legal proposals put forward to address the crises are not sufficient to guarantee the deepening of democracy and redistributive justice (e.g. erosion of collective agreements, privatizations, etc.).

The focus of this issue lies on research articles that offer an innovative critical analysis of labour exclusion processes that legitimise various forms of (in)justice in Europe and the contemporary world as processes that affect the ways justice and equity are socially constructed and experienced. We are also interested in original research on the demands emerging from civil society that contribute to learning about the possibilities of democratizing democracy and improving redistributive justice, a key point in a broader debate on justice and equity.

e-cadernos CES is a peer-reviewed, online and entirely open access journal, published by the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal). The journal is currently indexed in CAPES, DOAJ, EBSCO, ERIH Plus and Latindex. For more information about this publication see

Texts should be presented in final version, in Portuguese, English, Spanish, or French. Manuscripts must be originals and not exceed 60,000 characters (with spaces), including notes and references. For the final section @cetera, other manuscripts may be submitted (up to 35,000 characters), such as interviews and discussions (up to 25,000 characters) or book reviews (up to 5,000 characters). The submitted manuscripts must not have been otherwise published in full or in part (in both print or digital format, in Portugal or abroad, in Portuguese or in any other language), or be presently under submission to any other publication.

Detailed guidelines for submitting texts are available at Manuscripts should be sent by email to and authors should clearly identify the thematic issue in question – “Labor policies and redistributive justice”.

All manuscripts will go through a double-blind peer review process.


Abrahamson, Peter (2010), “European Welfare States beyond Neoliberalism: Toward the Social Investment State”, Development and Society, 39(1), 61-95.

Bohoslavsky, Juan Pablo; Raffer, Kunibert (eds.), Sovereign Debt Crises: What Have We Learned? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ferreira, António Casimiro (2011), “A sociedade de austeridade: poder, medo e direito do trabalho de exceção”, Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, 95, 119-136. DOI: 10.4000/rccs.4417

Reis, José (ed.) (2014), A Economia política do retrocesso: crise, causas e objectivos. Coimbra: Edições Almedina.

Vaughan-Whitehead, Daniel (ed.) (2015), The European Social Model in Crisis: Is Europe Losing Its Soul? Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Wilthagen, Ton; Tros, Frank (2004), “The Concept of ‘Flexicurity’: A New Approach to Regulating Employment and Labour Markets”, Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, 10(2), 166-186.

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