Is Scotland More Progressive than the UK? A Look at Carer’s Allowance

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. The Scotland Act 2016 devolved powers over 11 social security benefits, including Carer’s Allowance (CA) which provided Scotland with an opportunity, albeit limited, to differentiate itself in terms of welfare policy progressivity. The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016… Continue reading Is Scotland More Progressive than the UK? A Look at Carer’s Allowance

Activating the Unemployed in a Coronavirus Recession

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. In Germany, but also in other countries, coronavirus has stopped long-term economic growth and prosperity gains that followed the Great Recession after 2008. The virus suddenly brings the topic of unemployment back to… Continue reading Activating the Unemployed in a Coronavirus Recession

Understanding Social Policy Divergence in East Asia

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. Radical government responses to social problems have become more noticeable and frequent across East Asia. Rather than suggesting a process of convergence however, the detail of these responses varies considerably and cannot easily be explained by pointing… Continue reading Understanding Social Policy Divergence in East Asia

Rethinking Tax Systems for a Post-Covid Social Contract

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. Our recent paper, ‘Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and the Changing Role of Tax in Society’ grew out of two concerns. One was to demonstrate that MMT’s most important, but much neglected, potential contribution is to help reframe… Continue reading Rethinking Tax Systems for a Post-Covid Social Contract