Stream 13: European social policy from non-European Perspectives

Sijeong Lim, Young-Hwan Byun and Jaemin Shim

Social policy development in Europe has long been an inexhaustible source of policy learning and reform beyond European countries, from industrialized democracies in North America to industrializing countries in Latin America and Asia. Scholars and policymakers alike have paid keen attention to the social challenges faced by European countries, from the post-WWII reconstruction to the financial crisis and to the recent migration crisis. The European responses to the challenges, such as anti-poverty measures, social insurances and their recent retrenchment, and the rise of social investment, all provide valuable lessons for the rest of the world in search of informed policy responses to their own social problems.

This stream aims to invite research that analyzes European welfare states from non-European perspectives. More specifically, we are interested in research that focuses on how European social policy/welfare state models are interpreted and adopted in non-European countries, addressing policy learning process and mechanisms through which European models travel to non-European contexts. We welcome research on social policy reforms outside Europe that are informed by European models. Both success and failure cases (including unintended consequences) are of interest.

In addition, we are interested in research from a cross-regional perspective that compares non-European countries to European ones: for instance, the comparison between Southern Europe and East Asia, between Eastern Europe and communist Asian countries such as China and Vietnam, or between European countries and their former colonies. Finally, we are interested in research that seeks for a generalizable theory or conceptual framework by extending the scope of previous analyses to non-European OECD countries or to developing countries.

We invite papers that address the main theme of the conference, “social citizenship in the context of migration and conflict,”but our invitation is not limited to the papers that directly address the theme. The stream is open to scholars employing a diverse range of empirical research methods. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches are welcome. Papers may either focus on developments in a single country, adopt a comparative perspective, or engage in a large-N cross-national analysis.

The conveners of this stream are also interested in publication in a special issue of a journal or an edited volume with interested participants.