Equality: What’s in a Word?

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society by Paula Devine, Grace Kelly and Martina McAuley. Click here to access the article. 2020 was a year to remember (or forget).  While covid-19 overtook our lives, major political and social changes were also taking place.  In January that year, the UK left the European… Continue reading Equality: What’s in a Word?

Welfare Cuts and Growing Charity Aim to Mould Citizens to Prevailing Political Ideals

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy Society by Cameron Parsell, Andrew Clarke and Francisco Perales. Click here to access the article. In liberal democratic societies, decades of welfare cuts and austerity policies have exacerbated poverty. This has coincided with a growth in charity initiatives, such as food banks and pop-up facilities… Continue reading Welfare Cuts and Growing Charity Aim to Mould Citizens to Prevailing Political Ideals

Those Were the Days: Welfare Nostalgia and the Populist Radical Right

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy by Sven Schreurs. Click here to access the article. With the ascendancy and normalisation of populist radical right parties (PRRPs) in Europe and beyond, the significance of these parties for social policy has come into the spotlight. The key… Continue reading Those Were the Days: Welfare Nostalgia and the Populist Radical Right

Deserving of Social Support? Street-Level Bureaucrats’ Decisions on EU Migrants’ Benefit Claims in Germany

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society by Nora Ratzmann. Click here to access the article. We asked for workers. We got people instead. (Max Frisch) After the launch of the guest-worker programme in the 1960s, Germany quickly became one of the most ethnically diverse European countries. However, many German… Continue reading Deserving of Social Support? Street-Level Bureaucrats’ Decisions on EU Migrants’ Benefit Claims in Germany

Keeping Faith in 2030? Religion, Populism and International Development

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society by Jörg Haustein and Emma Tomalin. Click here to access the article. International agreements and frameworks are often seen as an effective antidote to nationalist populism, but what if they were found to be succumbing to the latter instead? This is what we… Continue reading Keeping Faith in 2030? Religion, Populism and International Development