Josh Abey

Josh Abey

I was drawn to the MSc in Comparative Social Policy because of experiences in both my academic and extracurricular backgrounds. As part of my bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Warwick, I undertook a dissertation which attempted to explain the reasons for persistently higher generosity in the German unemployment insurance system relative to the UK system. I have also been an active Labour Party member for the past three years, during which time I campaigned around many of the issues that concern social policy scholars, such as social security retrenchment and housing policy failures.

My research interests include:

  • the relationship between corporate governance models (particularly worker representation on company boards) and income inequality;
  • public attitudes towards inequality, poverty and redistributive social policy;
  • the impact of automation and increased insecurity in post-industrial labour markets on income inequality, and social policy responses; and
  • conceptualising welfare state generosity.