• 22-24 February: Welfare States Futures workshop on public attitudes (funded by the NORFACE Welfare States Futures initiative)
    Papers presented:
    How do ordinary citizens morally assess ongoing changes of the universal welfare state? An analysis of data from deliberative forums in Denmark – Mathias Herup Nielsen (Aalborg University, Post-Doctoral Researcher)
    Public support for the social rights and social obligations of the unemployed: two sides of the same coin? – Tijs Laenen (Leuven University, Associate Researcher)
    “He is the future of the welfare state: diligent, capable…” – How citizens perceive and justify the relative deservingness of needy groups – Katharina Zimmermann & Jan-Ocko Heuer
    Attitudes towards future policies for the elderly: a comparative analysis of four welfare states – Maša Filipovič Hrast, Bjørn Hvinden, Kjetil Klette Boehler, Tatjana Rakar, Mi Ah Schøyen and Vegard Svagård
    Does political discourse matter? Comparing party manifestos and policy preferences on immigration and welfare in the United Kingdom – Benjamin Leruth
    Democratic Forums: their contribution to attitude research – Peter Taylor-Gooby
  • Mini co-ordination conference, Gothenburg, 23 February 2017
  • Fourth co-ordination conference, Ljubljana, 8-9 June 2017
  • 14 – 16 September: 15th Annual ESPAnet Conference 2017 – New Horizons of European Social Policy: Risks, Opportunities and Challenges, Lisbon

Papers presented:

Rights and obligations in times of austerity – Citizen’s perceptions of welfare conditionality from a multidimensional perspective

Katharina Zimmermann and Jan-Ocko Heuer

The changes and future of the Slovenian welfare state – a view from deliberative forums

Tatjana Rakar and Masa Filipovic Hrast

Moral economies of the welfare state – a qualitative comparative study

Bjorn Hvinden, Steffen Mau and Peter Taylor-Gooby

Flexible working and work intensity in the UK – The role of gender, parental and occupational status

Heejung Chung, Mariska Van der Horst


  • 30 June – 1 July: Third WelfSOC co-ordination conference, Berlin
  • 1-3 September: 14th Annual ESPAnet conference, Rotterdam
    Three panels on “Innovative Methods and Attitudes to the Future of the Welfare State”
    Sessions B20.1 (1 September)Papers presented:

Welfare State Futures, Prospects and Cuts: Using Democratic Forums to Investigate Attitudes to Welfare
Benjamin Leruth

European welfare chauvinism: A study of deliberative forums in five countries
Christian Albrekt Larsen, Morten Frederiksen, Mathias Herup Nielsen & Jørgen Goul Andersen

Future responsibilities towards the elderly: a comparative analysis of welfare state attitudes and expectations in Norway and Slovenia
Maša Filipovič Hrast, Prof. Bjørn Hvinden, Dr. Kjetil Klette Boehler, Dr. Tatjana Rakar, Mi Ah Schøyen & Vegard S Svagård

Changing preferences towards redistribution: How deliberation shapes welfare attitudes
Katharina Zimmermann & Jan-Ocko Heuer

Attitudes towards the welfare mix: How citizens in Germany and the United Kingdom attribute responsibilities for social welfare to state, market, and family – and why
Jan-Ocko Heuer, Benjamin Leruth, Steffen Mau & Katharina Zimmermann


  • 12-13 February: First WelfSOC co-ordination Conference, British Academy, London
  • 3-5 September: 13th Annual ESPAnet conference, Odense
    Panel: “Around which solidarities will we build future welfare states?”
    (As part of Stream 22: Structural changes and institutional responses)
  • 6-7 September: Second WelfSOC co-ordination conference, Copenhagen