• Welfare States Futures workshop on public attitudes (funded by the NORFACE Welfare States Futures initiative), Gothenburg, 22-24 February

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
  • 15th Annual ESPAnet Conference 2017 – New Horizons of European Social Policy: Risks, Opportunities and Challenges, Lisbon, 14 – 16 September

The first project book After Austerity: Welfare State Transformation in Europe after the Great Recession“, edited by Peter Taylor-Gooby, Benjamin Leruth and Heejung Chung (Oxford University Press) was launched at the 2017 Espanet Conference in Lisbon. Wim van Oorschot and Peter Taylor-Gooby presented the books main findings to about 300 delegates. It argues that austerity has dominate welfare state policy across Europe, but as countries emerge from it, patterns of social investment, protectionism, neo-Keynesian intervention and fightback vary greatly. Simple neo-liberalism does not dominate policy futures.

Papers presented at the 15th Annual ESPAnet Conference 2017:

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


  • Third WelfSOC co-ordination conference, Berlin, 30 June – 1 July
  • 14th Annual ESPAnet conference, Rotterdam, 1-3 September

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


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