On this page, you will find a series of WelfSOC-related documents, working papers, datasets and background information prepared by the research teams involved in this project.


After Austerity: Welfare State Transformation in Europe after the Great Recession“, edited by Peter Taylor-Gooby, Benjamin Leruth and Heejung Chung (Oxford University Press).

 Available as hardcover (£65), paperback (£25) and also e-book.


Attitudes, Aspirations and Welfare: Social Policy Directions in Uncertain Times“, edited by Peter Taylor-Gooby and Benjamin Leruth (Palgrave Macmillan).

Available as hardcover (£79) and e-book (£63).


Tatjana Rakar,  Maša Filipovič Hrast. Socialna politika danes in jutri [Social policy today and tomorrow]. Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Sciences. Založba FDV, 2018.



The full dataset – including the democratic forum and focus group discussions in all five participating countries – is now available:

WelfSOC Democratic forum and Focus group dataset


Journal Special Issue

Heejung Chung, Peter Taylor-Gooby and Benjamin Leruth eds. (2018). Political Legitimacy and Welfare State Futures. Special Issue of Social Policy & Administration. Social Policy and Administration [Online] 52. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12400


Scientific articles

Maša Filipovič Hrast, Mi Ah Schoyen, Tatjana Rakar (2019). A comparative analysis of people’s views on future policies for older people. Revija za socijalnu politiku [Croatian Journal of social policy], 2019, 26,(no 2), pp. 153-169, doi: 10.3935/rsp.v26i2.1585.

Peter Taylor-Gooby, Jan-Ocko Heuer, Heejung Chung, Benjamin Leruth, Steffen Mau, Katharina Zimmermann (2019). Regime, Social Risks and the Welfare Mix: Unpacking Attitudes to Pensions and Childcare in Germany and the UK through Deliberative Forums. Journal of Social  Policy, January 2019. https://doi.org/10.1017/S004727941800079X

Tijs Laenen, Federica Rossetti and Wim van Oorschot (2019). Why deservingness theory needs qualitative research. Comparing focus group discussions on social welfare in three welfare regimes. SPSW Working Paper No. CeSo/SPSW/2019-01. Leuven: Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven.

Tatjana Rakar,  Maša Filipovič Hrast (2018). The future of the Slovenian welfare state : a view from deliberative forums. Revija za socijalnu politiku [Croatian journal of social policy], 2018, 25,no 2, pp 157-173, doi: 10.3935/rsp.v25i2.1469

Peter Taylor-Gooby, Bjørn Hvinden, Steffen Mau, Benjamin Leruth, Mi Ah Schoyen and Adrienn Gyory (2018). Moral economies of the welfare state A qualitative comparative study. Acta Sociologica, June 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0001699318774835

Heejung Chung, Peter Taylor-Gooby and Benjamin Leruth (2018). Political Legitimacy and Welfare State Futures: Introduction. Social Policy & Administration, April 2018. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12400 

Peter Taylor-Gooby, Heejung Chung  and Benjamin Leruth (2018). The Contribution of Deliberative Forums to Studying Welfare State Attitudes – a United Kingdom Study. Social Policy & Administration, April 2018. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12405

Katharina Zimmermann, Jan‐Ocko Heuer and Steffen Mau (2018). Changing preferences towards redistribution: How deliberation shapes welfare attitudes. Social Policy & Administration, April 2018. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12398  

Benjamin Leruth and Peter Taylor-Gooby (2018). ‘Does political discourse matter? Comparing party positions and public attitudes on immigration in England’. Politics, March 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263395718755566

Mathias Herup Nielsen (2018). ‘Four Normative Languages of Welfare: A pragmatic sociological investigation’. Distinktion : Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory Vol. 7 Issue 3. https://doi.org/10.1080/1600910X.2017.1412336

Peter Taylor-Gooby, Ben Leruth, Heejung Chung (2018). ‘Identifying attitudes to welfare through deliberative forums – the emergence of reluctant individualism’. Policy and Politics, 12 January 2018. https://doi.org/10.1332/030557318X15155868234361

Peter Taylor-Gooby (2017). ‘Redoubling the Crisis of the Welfare State’. Journal of Social Policy, 46, 4, 815-835, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279417000538


Book chapters

Jan-Ocko Heuer, Steffen Mau, with assistance by Robert Tiede (2018). Ängste in der Bevölkerung bei der sozialpolitischen Integration von Migrant*innen. In: S. Betzelt, I. Bode (eds.): Angst im neuen Wohlfahrtsstaat: Kritische Blicke auf ein diffuses Phänomen. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 109-145. https://doi.org/10.5771/9783845288079-109

Tatjana Rakar and Maša Filipovič Hrast (2017). Socialne naložbe in družinska politika v Sloveniji [Social investment perspective in family policy in Slovenia], in Generaciji navidezne svobode: otroci in starši v sodobni družbi [Generations of illusive freedom: children and parents in contemporary society] (Tamara Narat and Urban Boljka eds.). Ljubljana: Založba Sophia.


Publication intended for a wider audience

Steffen Mau, Jan-Ocko Heuer (2016). Wachsende Ungleichheit als Gefahr für nachhaltiges Wachstum: Wie die Bevölkerung über soziale Unterschiede denkt. Bonn: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Abteilung Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik.


Conference papers

Papers presented at the Welfare States Futures – Final Conference, Florence, 24-25 May 2018

Papers presented at the 2017 annual ESPAnet Conference, Lisbon, 14-16 September 2017

One book of proceedings from National conference on “Future of the Slovenian welfare state”

Filipovic Hrast, Maša, Rakar, Tatjana (eds). Zbornik povzetkov iz konference Prihodnost slovenske države blaginje, 24. 5. 2017, FDV, Univerza v Ljubljani. Ljubljana: Založba FDV. 2017.

Papers presented at the 2016 annual ESPAnet Conference, Rotterdam, 1-2 September 2016

Papers presented at the 2015 annual ESPAnet Conference, Odense, 4 September 2015

Papers presented at the first WelfSOC co-ordination conference, London, 12-13 February 2015

WelfSOC background papers

These background papers were prepared by each national team in order to reflect on past, present and future challenges for the welfare state in each country. It offers a review of welfare policies and attitude data. In addition, a comparative European background paper explores policy responses to the Great Recession and most recent attitudinal data in comparative perspective.