Enrique Fernández‐Macías is a Research Manager in Eurofound, Dublin. He has a PhD in Economic Sociology at the University of Salamanca, and his main research interests are job quality, occupational change and the division of labor. He has participated and coordinated several large‐scale European projects on job quality and structural change, such as the European Working Conditions Survey and the European Jobs Monitor. Before joining Eurofound, he worked as researcher and lecturer in the Departments of Applied Economics and Sociology of the University of Salamanca. Some of his recent publications are “The Transformation of the Employment Structure in the EU and USA” (Palgrave), “Measuring more than Money: the Social Economics of Job Quality” (Elgar), “Job Polarization in Europe? Changes in the Employment Structure and Job Quality, 1995‐2007” (Work and Occupations) and “E pluribus unum? A critical survey of job quality indicators” (Socio‐Economic Review).
Occupational change in itself cannot explain the decline of the European middle class. But it could be a threat to its sociopolitical foundations