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    Pioniere und Nachzügler der Sozialpolitik. Die komplementäre Entstehung von Wohlfahrtsstaat und Wohlfahrtsmarkt
    (Centre for Social Policy Research CeS, 2008-04)
    Die sozialpolitische Forschung konnte bisher nicht zeigen, wann Wohlfahrtsmärkte eingeführt wurden und wie etabliert sie in einzelnen Ländern sind. Wir wissen noch nicht, in welchen Ländern zuerst Wohlfahrtsmärkte entstanden sind und in welchen Politikfeldern der Wandel am weitesten fortgeschritten ist. Welche Staaten sind die Pioniere der Vermarktlichung? Wer sind die Nachzügler? Sind die Pioniere staatlicher Wohlfahrt auch die Keimzellen von Wohlfahrtsmärkten? Um diesen Fragen nachzugehen werden zunächst Verstaatlichung und Vermarktlichung konzeptionalisiert. Anschließend wird die Entwicklung der Wohlfahrtsstaaten beschrieben und das Niveau der Sozialausgaben dargelegt. Im dritten Teil werden diese Ergebnisse mit der Entstehung einzelner Wohlfahrtsmärkte kontrastiert und verdeutlicht, welche komplementären Entwicklungen zu beobachten sind. Im letzten Kapitel werden die Ergebnisse zusammengefasst und daraus resultierende Trends der Sozialpolitik erörtert.
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    Sozialpolitik: Konzepte, Theorien und Wirkungen
    (Centre for Social Policy Research (CeS), 2008) ; ;
    The working paper is an introduction to social policy research and it reviews central concepts, theories and effects of social policy. The concept of social policy (particularly in its German version 'Sozialpolitik') has always been a multifaceted term without a universal definition. Therefore, we discuss a narrow state-centred concept and broaden the conceptual range in sectoral, functional, and territorial dimensions. Furthermore, we critically review the dominant theories of functionalism, power resource, and institutionalism, assessing their contribution to describe and explain the origin, development, national varieties, and recent alterations of social policy. Finally, the social, economic, and political effects of social policy are discussed. The systematic survey of major contributions shows that despite substantial criticism the positive effects prevail.
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    Assets, saving and wealth, and poverty: A Review of evidence. Final report to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
    (Personal Finance Research Centre, 2014-07) ;
    This review examines the evidence on the extent to which savings, assets and wealth can provide a safety net against unexpected expenses or drops in income. It also looks at whether holding assets changes people's thinking and whether they become more responsible and forward-looking.
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    What Parents Want: A Needs Assessment in Dublin South City
    (One Family; Tusla - Child and Family Agency; University College Dublin, 2018-10-01) ;
    This report presents the findings on research on family-related services in Dublin with a specific focus on Dublin South City (DSC). The focus of the research concerns awareness of, perceived need for as well as reported usage of these services. For this report parents were interviewed in focus groups in Dublin South City and a city-wide online survey was conducted.
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    Herausforderungen der Rentenpolitik
    (Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2009)
    Wenn wir uns also die zentrale sozialpolitische Relevanz des Rentensys- tems vergegenwärtigen, hängt die Zukunft des Sozialstaat es in großen Teilen von der Reformfähigkeit und Zukunftstauglichkeit de r Alterssicherung ab. Auf den folgenden Seiten werden deshalb die Problem lagen und gesell- schaftlichen Veränderungen aus den Beiträgen des ersten Teils aufgegriffen (siehe Beiträge Vester und Schroeder in diesem Band). Wel cher Wandel ist besonders für Rentensysteme relevant? Welches Rentensy stem ist von den Veränderungen stärker betroffen? Im ersten Teil werde n deshalb zunächst verschiedene Rentensysteme diskutiert. Existierende Fi nanzierungsmodelle werden vorgestellt und in ein Fünf-Säulen-Modell integriert. Jede Säule ist mit anderen Problemen konfrontiert und hat verschie dene Reformoptionen.
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    Ireland most stringent Covid restrictions in EU since January: Way out of lockdown has to keep on prioritising children’s education
    (Trinity College Dublin. COVID-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory, 2021-05-06) ;
    Despite the vaccine rollout, governments across the globe still grapple with containing the Covid infections, keeping hospitalisations down and preventing a surge in fatalities. Since last spring, a group of researchers and volunteers, led by Oxford University, have tracked the multiple government restrictions to citizens, businesses and society at large in almost every part of the world. Last week we have launched the UCD Covid Compared dashboard – in short UCD CoCo – to easily access the underlying data of these Covid policy responses and make the tremendous work of the Oxford team more accessible to everyone through simple colour-coded tables and graphs. Following the third lockdown and opening up of Ireland in April, the obvious question is how strict were Ireland’s rules compared to other EU countries? Out of 42 countries, Ireland had the 3rd most stringent restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic. Only Italy and the UK had enacted tougher rules since March 2020. Broken down by some key indicators, Ireland had closed workplaces and businesses much longer and tougher than any other European country. Similarly, on public transport restrictions Ireland is within the top 5 and for stay-at-home requirements and school closures within the top 10. Most noticeable is that Ireland’s rules on international travel were very lax throughout 2020 and were only tightened after the Christmas travel debacle.
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    Book Review: Making Markets in the Welfare State: The Politics of Varying Market Reforms by Jane Gingrich, Cambridge University Press
    (Sage Publications, 2012-09-19)
    Social policy scholars are very good in comparing welfare states, but little is known about the markets within these welfare states. Jane Gingrich addresses this vast research gap in her new book by comparing the welfare market creation in three countries (England, Sweden, the Netherlands) and three social services (primary health care, schools, long term care) since the 1980s.  
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    Editorial: Leistungsempfänger, Bürger oder Kunden? Nutzer in der Sozialpolitik
    Die Reformen des deutschen Sozialstaats der letzten beiden Jahrzehnte stellen Bürgerinnen und Bürger vor neue Anforderungen: Auf Wohlfahrtsmärkten sollen sie als Konsumenten agieren, Versicherte können zwischen verschiedenen öffentlichen, gemeinnützigen oder privatwirtschaftlichen Leistungserbringern wählen, Beschäftigte sollen eigenverantwortlich ihre soziale Sicherung gestalten, Arbeitsuchende müssen aktiv an ihrer Wiedereingliederung ins Erwerbsleben mitarbeiten.
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    Geographies of Assets and Debt
    In this paper we focus on the geographies of individual and household debt. Rising household debt has become an issue of increased concern across many nations. We consider two important contributing factors to this rise in debt; first, the global rise in financial services and institutions seeking to expand their market share of consumer credit. Second, the dismantling of public welfare provision and the shift towards individualization and personal asset-building.
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    Case Study on Intreo: The one-stop-shop for job seekers in Ireland. Case Studies on Innovation and Reform in the Irish Public Sector
    (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 2017-07) ;
    This case study analyses the implementation of Intreo, the one-stop shop for jobseekers in Ireland, between 2010 and 2016. The implementation followed an iterative and incremental process, where the Department of Social Protection displayed a high adaptive capacity. Prior to the establishment of Intreo, benefit payments and activation services were highly fragmented at the organisational and policy levels. During the fiscal and economic crisis several reform strands came together that led to an organisational merger, an integrated one-stop shop service model for jobseekers and innovative alignment of labour market activation measures. The key challenges highlighted in the study are change management with limited resources, complex industrial relations negotiations to redeploy staff and designing a new service, while catering for an existing and increasing client base. Throughout the implementation process senior management and the core change team found innovative and flexible solutions to overcome the challenges. First, a small and experienced management team served as a flexible coordination hub. It shaped the broad vision and could react flexibly to changing agendas, but also relied heavily on support from other central units and frontline staff. This delegation of core tasks gave ownership of the change process to frontline staff and increased their support for the new service model. Second, the redeployment of staff benefited from coherent communication to frontline staff, respectful and strong labour relations, flexible union positions in the context of the crisis and the arbitration process set out in framework Croke Park and Haddington Road agreements. Third, the design process benefited from a broad vision right from the beginning that had been fleshed out in detail over time in an iterative process with strong involvement of frontline staff. In addition, the national roll-out included frontline staff. This enabled the basic template for service delivery to be amended locally to suit staffing levels, client base and physical infrastructure. Additional information on the public sector reform process can be found here: