The Scope of Possibilities for User Influence in Norwegian Municipal Care Services

This blog is based on article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. The importance of service-user participation has been growing in the care services, but what possibilities do service users have to influence them? How the users are able to exert an influence in practice will to a certain… Continue reading The Scope of Possibilities for User Influence in Norwegian Municipal Care Services

Is Universal Basic Income the Answer to Authoritarianism?

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and its satellite states in 1989, liberal democracy was expected to become the dominant form of political regime worldwide. Instead, authoritarian versions of government have prevailed, from Trump's bombastic nationalism… Continue reading Is Universal Basic Income the Answer to Authoritarianism?

Understanding the Persistence and Duration of Benefit Receipt

This blog is based on article in the Journal of Social Policy. Click here to access the article.  In many advanced welfare states, welfare recipients often receive benefits continuously or repeatedly. Long-term unemployment and welfare receipt can have detrimental effects for the individual and the society as a whole. Furthermore, the chances of leaving welfare… Continue reading Understanding the Persistence and Duration of Benefit Receipt

If I [Take] Leave, Will You Stay? Paternity Leave and Relationship Stability

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. Policymakers, academics, and the general public are increasingly interested in parental leave policies. The increased interest in parental leave is particularly notable in the United States – the only high-income country without a national statutory paid… Continue reading If I [Take] Leave, Will You Stay? Paternity Leave and Relationship Stability

The Shame of Progress: Devaluing People Experiencing Poverty in China

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article.  China has undoubtedly developed beyond recognition in the 40 years since marketisation and ‘opening up’ began transforming China into a ‘socialist market economy’.  China’s version of capitalism, which is tightly controlled by the state, has in… Continue reading The Shame of Progress: Devaluing People Experiencing Poverty in China