14. Political economy of the welfare state (reforms)

Dorota Szelewa, Warsaw University, Poland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michał Polakowski, ICRA, Poland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Modern welfare states are under strain, whether ideological, political or structural. The recent trend towards fiscal consolidation, also promoted by the European Union, presents a special challenge for social policy systems. On the one hand a growing body of research demonstrates that reform trajectories have historically embedded institutional logic. On the other hand, what is observed is the growing importance of international actors, especially private financial institutions.  Has the recent crisis lead to transformational institutional change? To what extent is it possible to identify an endogenous source of institutional innovation? What is the role of agency in the possible model of institutional evolution?

We invite papers that cover different policy fields, but deal with the theoretical challenges of grasping the mechanism of political economy of welfare state reforms. As we are mainly interested in theoretical innovation, we would like to inspire a debate between different approaches to analysing the process of reforms, placing more emphasis on the role of political parties and societal actors, as well as those emphasising economic factors or others, focussing on institutional factors. Of special interest are papers, which apply a comparative approach, both international and historical, and analysing interaction between different levels of social policy governance (transnational, national, regional and local).

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