Our publications & data
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:
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
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
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.
Papers presented at the Welfare States Futures – Final Conference, Florence, 24-25 May 2018
- Democratic forums and welfare state attitude – Peter Taylor-Gooby and Benjamin Leruth.
- The provision of care – whose responsibility and why? – Heejung Chung, Maša Filipovič Hrast and Tatjana Rakar.
- Healthcare Futures: Visions of Solidarity and the Sustainability of European Healthcare Systems – Maša Filipovič Hrast, Ellen M. Immergut, Tatjana Rakar, Urban Boljka, Diana Burlacu and Andra Roescu.
- Demands for public and occupational welfare in contemporary political economies: A three-country comparison of public attitudes towards workers’ social rights and responsibilities – Bjorn Hvinden, Mi Ah Schoyen and Ida Tolgensbakk.
- Moral economies of the welfare state – a qualitative comparative study – Peter Taylor-Gooby, Bjorn Hvinden, Benjamin Leruth, Steffen Mau, Mi Ah Schoyen and Adrienn Győry.
- Doing deservingness – Deservingness criteria in discussions about migration in four European countries – Mathias Herup Nielsen, Christian Albrekt Larsen & Morten Frederiksen.
- The institutional logic of welfare distribution preferences. A qualitative analysis of deservingness discussions among citizens in three welfare regimes – Tijs Laenen, Federica Rossetti and Wim van Oorschot.
- Redistribution reinforced? Citizens’ perceptions towards welfare conditionality between conduct and circumstances – Katharina Zimmermann and Jan-Ocko Heuer.
- Restrictive policy preferences on immigrants’ access to welfare state and what is behind – Adrienn Győry.
Papers presented at the 2017 annual ESPAnet Conference, Lisbon, 14-16 September 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
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
- Welfare State Futures, Prospects and Cuts: Using Democratic Forums to Investigate Attitudes to Welfare
- 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
Papers presented at the 2015 annual ESPAnet Conference, Odense, 4 September 2015
- Stretching the limits of solidarity: The German case
Dr. Jan-Ocko Heuer and Prof. Steffen Mau, Humboldt University of Berlin
- Where next for the UK welfare state?
Prof. Peter Taylor-Gooby, Dr. Benjamin Leruth and Dr. Heejung Chung, University of Kent
- The devils of the details: Danish welfare chauvinism across policy programs and migrant groups
Prof. Christian Albrekt Larsen, Aalborg University
- The future of welfare state and challenges to solidarity in Slovenia
Dr. Maša Filipovič Hrast and Dr. Tatjana Rakar, University of Ljubljana
Papers presented at the first WelfSOC co-ordination conference, London, 12-13 February 2015
- Deliberative Forums – discussion paper
Prof. Peter Taylor-Gooby, University of Kent
- Research Design – discussion paper
Prof. Peter Taylor-Gooby, University of Kent
- Deliberative Forums in Attitude Research: Practical Issues
Dr. Stephen Elstub, University of the West of Scotland
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.