Bernhard Ebbinghaus & Elias Naumann (eds.) Welfare State Reforms Seen from Below: Comparing Public Attitudes and Organized Interests in Britain and Germany. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018 (hard cover: forthcoming); Springer Online (e-book: now available!).
Studying the political economy of welfare state reform, this edited collection focuses on the role of public opinion and organized interests in respect to policy change. It highlights that welfare states are hard pressed to reform in order to cope with ongoing socio-economic and demographic challenges. While public opinion is commonly seen to oppose welfare cuts and organized interests such as trade unions have tended to defend acquired social rights, this book shows that there have been emergent tendencies in favour of reform. Welfare State Reforms Seen from Below analyses a wide range of social policies affecting healthcare, pensions and the labour market to demonstrate how social groups and interest organizations differ and interact in their approaches to reform. Comparing Britain and Germany, with its two very different welfare states, it provides a European perspective on the changing approaches to welfare.
More information on the project Welfare State Reforms from Below as part of the collaborative research centre (SFB 884) “Political Economy of Reform” at University of Mannheim:
The start of this new academic year brings a new Head of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Professor Bernhard Ebbinghaus arrived in Oxford to take up his post as Professor of Social Policy in January 2017, and now brings his experience as past director of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research to DSPI. At yesterday’s General Meeting of the Department, Professor Ebbinghaus took the opportunity to thank Dr Rebecca Surender, who has ably led DSPI over the past two years. Dr Surender, who is taking a sabbatical leave from the Department this year, is also the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Advocate for Equality and Diversity.
Professor Ebbinghaus commented: “It will be my pleasure to serve as new Head of Department for the next three years, to continue the Barnett House tradition, and to support our excellence in teaching and research, interdisciplinary exchange, policy-relevant social research, and international outlook.”
You can find out more about the people in leadership at DSPI here
World Cultural Diversity Day
Oxford University has connections with virtually every country in the world. Our students come from 150 countries and our academic staff from 98.
Blog entry on World Cultural Diversity Day by Bernhard Ebbinghaus, University of Oxford. PDF
Prof Ebbinghaus gave a talk on “Remodeling Pillars and Tiers: the social consequences for coverage and adequacy of pensions in Europe” at the Pension Authority Conference in Dublin on 2 March 2017. [Download slides: Ebbinghaus_Pensions_Dublin_2017]
Starting his new position as Professor of Social Policy at University of Oxford, Bernhard Ebbinghaus gives a public lecture in the seminar series of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention on:
Hilary Term, Week 1, Thursday 19 January 2017, 5 p.m.
Pension marketization and old age inequalities: from old to new social risks?
Comparative Social Policy and Inequality Seminar Series- Hilary Term 2017
All lectures are from 17:00 – 18:30, including an opportunity for questions and discussion, and will each be held in the Violet Butler Room at Barnett House. Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford.