An (Un)conditional Basic Income? Justifications of Basic Income and Work Conditionality

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. Click here to access the article. There is one defining feature of universal basic income (UBI) that sets this policy proposal apart from most existing social security systems: its unconditionality. This means that a UBI would be given to… Continue reading An (Un)conditional Basic Income? Justifications of Basic Income and Work Conditionality

Understanding Vulnerabilities within Unregulated Childcare

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society. Click here to access the article. Formal, unregulated childcare can give rise to vulnerabilities for all parties involved: the child, the parent(s) and the care provider. By formal, unregulated childcare, we mean childcare where a) the worker is paid for their service, b)… Continue reading Understanding Vulnerabilities within Unregulated Childcare

A Lost Decade? Adult Social Care Reform in England

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy. Click here to access the article. As the pandemic has progressed, adult social care has moved from the margins to centre stage, with the situation in care homes in particular increasingly recognised as a national scandal. However, adult social care is much… Continue reading A Lost Decade? Adult Social Care Reform in England

German Youth Policy and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy. Click here to access the article. In 2015 and 2016 about 97,000 unaccompanied minors (UAMs) were taken into custody by the child welfare system in Germany. Since German youth policy does not distinguish between immigrant and non-immigrant children, this influx of UAMs… Continue reading German Youth Policy and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Why Democracy Matters: The Origins of Conditional Cash Transfers in Brazil and Mexico

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. Click here to access the article. Research on the relationship between democracy and social policy is important to understand if democratic regimes can generate better results for the welfare of the society. There are several ways in which the… Continue reading Why Democracy Matters: The Origins of Conditional Cash Transfers in Brazil and Mexico