Social Policy by Other Means

Theorizing Unconventional Forms of Welfare Production

Laura Seelkopf, Peter Starke

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Abstract

The goal of this special issue is to highlight the importance of unconventional social policies, theorize their development in comparison with traditional welfare state accounts and outline a new research agenda. In this introduction to the special issue, the editors present the concept of social policy by other means as encompassing two kinds of unconventional social policy (from the point of view of mainstream comparative research): First, functional equivalents to formal systems of social protection and, second, non-state provision of benefits. The concept builds upon a sizeable, but fragmented literature in comparative welfare state research. While numerous examples demonstrate that social policy by other means is more pervasive in both OECD and non-OECD countries than often acknowledged, a brief survey of the top 20 articles in the field reveals that this fact is not sufficiently reflected in the academic literature. With reference to both existing studies and the contributions to this special issue, the editors go on to explore (1) the different forms of social policy by other means, (2) explanatory theories and (3) their effectiveness in terms of social outcomes. They close by outlining a research agenda
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis
Volume21
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)219-234
ISSN1387-6988
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27. May 2019

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Keywords

  • social policy by other means
  • comparative welfare state research
  • social policy
  • welfare state
  • regulation
  • forbearance
  • state capacity

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Social Policy by Other Means : Theorizing Unconventional Forms of Welfare Production. / Seelkopf, Laura; Starke, Peter.

In: Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Vol. 21, No. 3, 27.05.2019, p. 219-234.

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