Parliamentary Committee Witnesses: Why It Matters Who Parliament Hears From

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the full article. It has long been argued that some groups, including poorer people and those who are otherwise socially excluded, lose out significantly in society and in the political process because they are powerless. For some groups, such… Continue reading Parliamentary Committee Witnesses: Why It Matters Who Parliament Hears From

Why Has Household Food Insecurity Increased in Canada?

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the full article. Over 1.7 Million Canadian families have difficulty accessing adequate food on an ongoing basis. In the absence of government action to tackle hunger, numerous non-governmental approaches to managing hunger, including food banks, feeding programmes, as well… Continue reading Why Has Household Food Insecurity Increased in Canada?

Neoliberalism as the “Docking Station” of Swedish Welfare Discourse: Merging Ideological Frames in Swedish Higher Education

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the full article. For many scholars Sweden remains the quintessential social democratic welfare state. Yet of late Sweden has embraced neoliberalism in starker ways than other Nordic countries. The modern day free market dogma in Sweden sometimes takes surprising forms:… Continue reading Neoliberalism as the “Docking Station” of Swedish Welfare Discourse: Merging Ideological Frames in Swedish Higher Education

Globalisation and the Welfare State: Is More Education What People Really Want?

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the full article. Globalisation is a defining feature of today’s economies and a great deal of research has analysed how globalisation affects welfare states. Does it undermine social protection because countries enter a global tax competition that forces… Continue reading Globalisation and the Welfare State: Is More Education What People Really Want?

Why Countries “Get Tough on the Workshy”

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the full article. Unemployment benefit reforms that make it harder and more onerous to claim benefits have been commonplace across the economically advanced democracies. The fact that this trend toward “getting tough on unemployment” has been so pervasive,… Continue reading Why Countries “Get Tough on the Workshy”