Research Cluster: OISP
Start Date: 01.04.2010
End Date: 30.09.2012
Integrating macro and micro perspectives in cross-national comparison: Dynamic policy structures and individual outcomes
Funded by: Economic & Social Research Council
Comparative research exploits variation in the attributes of macro-social units to understand the characteristics of, and relationships between, micro units nested within them. In the case of welfare state theory and social policy analysis, the macro units are usually either national jurisdictions or policy regimes; explanations concerning the nature and effectiveness of welfare state structures in terms of their outcomes for individuals and communities necessarily depend on systematic cross-national comparison.
The approach adopted in this research project is to combine comparisons of institutional social policy arrangements in a sizeable number (18) of countries with a rigorous analysis of the interaction between institutional arrangements, individuals' behaviour and policy outcomes in a small number of disparate countries.
Ferragina, Emanuele; Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin (2015) "Determinants of a Silent (R)evolution: Understanding the Expansion of Family Policy in Rich OECD Countries", Social Politics 22: 1 1-37. URL: sp.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/1/1.full.pdf+html
Ferragina, Emanuele, Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin and Tomlinson, Mark (2013) "Unemployment Protection and Family Policy at the Turn of the 21st Century: A Dynamic Approach to Welfare Regime Theory", Social Policy & Administration 47: 7 783-805. URL: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2012.00855.x/suppinfo