The Puzzle of Japan’s Welfare Capitalism

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. Japan was the only non-Western nation considered by Gøsta Esping-Andersen in his path-breaking 1990 book ‘The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism’, which is probably the most cited source in the discipline of Social… Continue reading The Puzzle of Japan’s Welfare Capitalism

Why Taxation Matters to Social Policy

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. As the coronavirus pandemic shines a spotlight on the grim consequences of social, economic and other inequalities, and governments contemplate new tax and spending policies and a possible extension of austerity, social policy needs to give up… Continue reading Why Taxation Matters to Social Policy

Are Benefit Reductions an Effective Activation Strategy?

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. Social policies are being systematically dismantled in contemporary welfare states, while labour market policies are taking over as the preferred type of welfare regulation. Thus we have seen increases in legislation as a consequence of the… Continue reading Are Benefit Reductions an Effective Activation Strategy?

Social Constructions of Children and Youth: Beyond Dependents and Deviants

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy. Click here to access the article. Although children and youth are the targets of many policies, there are widespread concerns that these policies are not as robust as they could be and that young people in general do not receive beneficial policy… Continue reading Social Constructions of Children and Youth: Beyond Dependents and Deviants

Call for Papers: Journal of Social Policy 50th Anniversary Issue

Call for papers Journal of Social Policy 50th anniversary issue The future of Social Policy debates In 2022 the Journal of Social Policy will publish a special issue to mark its 50th anniversary. The issue will feature some reflective pieces looking back at the development of Social Policy over the past 50 years and the… Continue reading Call for Papers: Journal of Social Policy 50th Anniversary Issue