Basic Income in Finland: How Did a Radical Idea Become Mainstream?

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  To access the article click here. Finland’s world-famous basic income experiment ended in December 2018. For many, it came as a surprise that the centre-right coalition government led by PM Juha Sipilä was committed to experiment a policy that has been depicted by… Continue reading Basic Income in Finland: How Did a Radical Idea Become Mainstream?

The Politics is in the Detail: How Policy-Makers in Europe Make Use of Employment Subsidies

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the full version of the article.  Among policymakers in Europe, publicly funded employment subsidies are an increasingly popular tool to increase the employment or earnings of selected groups of workers. Research on the politics behind these programmes has… Continue reading The Politics is in the Detail: How Policy-Makers in Europe Make Use of Employment Subsidies

How Much Behavioural Conditionality is Too Much?

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  To access the full article click here. What does attending playgroup have in common with getting off drugs? The government thinks threatening to take away your welfare payments will help you do both. Internationally the payment of welfare benefits is increasingly being… Continue reading How Much Behavioural Conditionality is Too Much?