Portuguese Healthcare Reforms in the Context of Crisis: External pressure or domestic choice?

by Maria Asensio and Tamara Popic Do governments have restricted room to manoeuver in the context of crisis and external conditionality for welfare reforms? Analysing Portuguese healthcare reforms in the context of austerity, in an article published in Social Policy & Administration, Asensio and Popic find that they don’t. Even in cases of conditionality and … More Portuguese Healthcare Reforms in the Context of Crisis: External pressure or domestic choice?

New Research from the WelfSoc Project: how the different kinds of welfare state remain distinct despite all being affected by major austerity programmes

by Peter Taylor-Gooby Modern welfare states depend on a range of actors: state, market, family/households, employers and charities. Current austerity programmes diminish the contribution of the state and enhance that of the other actors. This is a major shift which demands popular support if it is to succeed, but attitude studies focus almost entirely on … More New Research from the WelfSoc Project: how the different kinds of welfare state remain distinct despite all being affected by major austerity programmes

Summary: NORFACE Network Board Meeting, Dublin, 3 – 4 December 2018

by Anne Cukier (NWO) The NORFACE Network Board had its semi-annual meeting on 3-4 December in Dublin, to discuss multiple issues relating to the NORFACE Network and its programmes. WSF Scientific Programme Coordinator Ellen Immergut presented the Dissemination Plan for the WSF programme to the Network Board, which was pleased to see the great progress … More Summary: NORFACE Network Board Meeting, Dublin, 3 – 4 December 2018

New Publication by FACSK – Social Work and the Management of Complexity in Swedish Child Welfare Services

In the recently published study in the Nordic Social Work Research, Ahmet Gümüscu, Lennart Nygren and Evelyn Khoo elucidate how Swedish child welfare social workers manage complexity co-occuring in the families with which they work and the organisational contexts of practice. Focus groups were held with social workers in three municipalities in Sweden who described … More New Publication by FACSK – Social Work and the Management of Complexity in Swedish Child Welfare Services

Scottish Government Meeting Discusses the Link Between Labour Market Policy and Economic Performance

by Catia Montagna (Project Leader, GlobLabWS) The results of the Globalisation Labour Markets and the Welfare State (GlobLabWS) project of NORFACE Welfare State Futures programme were presented by Professor Catia Montagna to a group of senior Scottish Government economists and policy officials at the Scottish Government in Edinburgh. The Globalisation Labour Markets and the Welfare … More Scottish Government Meeting Discusses the Link Between Labour Market Policy and Economic Performance