Welfare Professions as the Overlooked Actors of Welfare States

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy by Kathrine Carstensen, Viola Burau, Hanne Marlene Dahl and Andreas Nielsen Hald. Click here to access the article. The predominant view of welfare professions like social workers, nurses and teachers is that they are often on the receiving end of welfare reforms:… Continue reading Welfare Professions as the Overlooked Actors of Welfare States

Activating Sick-Listed Workers: The Role of Employers in Comparative Perspective

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society by Thomas Leoni. Click here to access the article. Health is an important determinant of employability and labour market inclusion, especially in societies characterised by an ageing workforce. In recent years, we can observe an increasing policy focus on residual work ability. Numerous… Continue reading Activating Sick-Listed Workers: The Role of Employers in Comparative Perspective

How Important was the Economy to the Effectiveness of Welfare Reform?

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy by Marilyn Edelhoch, Cynthia Flynn and Qiduan Li. Click here to access the article. The short answer is “Very Important”.  The purpose of this study was to answer two research questions. First, what was the impact of participation in South Carolina’s Temporary Assistance… Continue reading How Important was the Economy to the Effectiveness of Welfare Reform?

The Last Stand Against Populism? The Catholic Church in Italy and its Defence of Social Assistance and Migration Policies

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society by Ugo Escoli, Marco Arlotti and Emmanuele Pavolini. Click here to access the article. Churches’ positions and preferences in social policy are often described in the literature as fixed over time. We challenge this assumption. As argued in our paper, we show how the Italian… Continue reading The Last Stand Against Populism? The Catholic Church in Italy and its Defence of Social Assistance and Migration Policies

Are Migrant Boys ‘Deserving’ of Housing? Discretionary Decisions in Times of Crisis

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society by Katerina Glyniadaki. Click here to access the article. Greece was the epicentre of the so-called migration crisis of 2015-2017. With limited experience as a host migration country, and already amidst a decade-long economic crisis, it was ill-equipped to respond to the unprecedented… Continue reading Are Migrant Boys ‘Deserving’ of Housing? Discretionary Decisions in Times of Crisis