WSF Newsletter #2/2017

Dear <<Full Name>>,
the WSF newsletter keeps you up to date with all the news from the WSF research network, recent and upcoming events and publications.

This month's newsletter will inform you about the WSF Thematic Workshop on Welfare State Attitudes currently running in Gothenburg, the EXCELC Team and Advisory Group Meeting in Vienna, the new Lecture Series on “Migration and social security in the EU: Theoretical approaches and empirical findings” inititated by the TRANSWEL Project as well as two new working papers by 4Is and TransJudFare.

Your WSF Coordination Office

WSF Thematic Workshops

WSF Thematic Workshop on Welfare State Attitudes –
“The Social Legitimacy of Our Future Welfare State” currently running in Gothenburg, Sweden

From February 22 until today, 45 researchers from 10 different projects inside the Welfare State Futures Network have come together at the University of Gothenburg to present their theories, methods and findings of recent studies on welfare relevant attitudes, opinions and preferences at the NORFACE WSF Thematic Workshop “The Social Legitimacy of Our Future Welfare State”.

Within 24 paper presentations, members of the projects 4Is, FACSK, FPRWS, GiWES, HEALTHDOX, HESTIA, HiNEWS, MIFARE, MobileWelfare and WelfSOC discussed the latest developments to advance globally excellent theoretical and methodological disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and comparative research on Welfare State Futures and develop understanding and promote research-based knowledge and insight into Welfare State Futures for issues of societal, practical and policy relevance, with theoretical foundations. A full program with all topics covered at the ongoing workshop can be downloaded here.

The program has started on Wednesday, February 22 with a short introduction by Prof. Ellen Immergut, Scientific Program Coordinator of the NORFACE Welfare State Futures Program and a project presentation session to fascilitate pan-european networking between the different WSF Projects and inform about their latest developments.

In-depth information about the contents of the workshop, comments by participants and  impressions will soon be availaible via the WSF Website and Social Media.

EXCELC Team Meeting and Advisory Group
in Vienna 2017
by Laurie Batchelder, Research officer at PSSRU Kent

The EXCELC team met in Vienna last week (8 – 10 February) to catch up and share our ideas and progress to date with the EXCELC policy and scientific advisory group.

On Thursday, the EXCELC team discussed the great progress we’ve made since we last met in September. Juliette Malley, Laurie Batchelder and Eirini Saloniki updated us on progress with the preference study and presented some preliminary results, including basic preference models for Austria, England and Finland for both the ASCOT service user measure and the ASCOT carer measure, as well as mode and temporal comparisons with the ASCOT service user measure. Birgit Trukeschitz, Assma Hajji, Judith Kieninger and Judith Litschauer updated us on progress with the Austrian fieldwork. They also presented some preliminary descriptive results. Ismo Linnosmaa, Lien Nguyen and Hanna Jokimaki similarly updated us on progress with the Finnish fieldwork and presented some preliminary descriptive results. We all discussed the challenges conducting fieldwork and strategies we can use to improve recruitment of carers. Following the meeting, the team got the chance to marvel at the beautiful sites of Vienna and try some traditional Viennese food.

On Friday, the EXCELC team shared their work with the EXCELC advisory group. Birgit Trukeschitz and Juliette Malley kicked off the meeting with an introduction to the EXCELC project and its various workpackages. Ismo Linnosmaa and Birgit Trukeschitz then presented reflections on the process of translating ASCOT into Finnish and German. Laurie Batchelder and Eirini Saloniki also presented preliminary findings from the preference study from the ASCOT service user measure and the ASCOT carer measure. Birgit Trukeschitz and Assma Hajji then presented their progress with the Austrian fieldwork, and Hanna Jokimaki presented progress with the Finnish fieldwork. We discussed the similar challenges both Austria and Finland have faced during the fieldwork stage. We had good discussions following each presentation with lots of ideas about how to present and build on the work we are doing. The meeting closed with tea and coffee, more engaging discussions, and Krapfen!
Further project information and

Lecture Series Kick-off by TRANSWEL Project in the Upcoming Summer Semester - “Migration and social security in the EU: Theoretical approaches and empirical findings”
In the context of the lecture series "Lectures in Sociology" at the Universität Wien, the TRANSWEL team will present part of its project results to the public. For this purpose, we have started a new category (Lectures) in the event section at the end of this newsletter.

The series will start on March 28 with a presentation by Anna Amelina. Anna Amelina is a professor at Goethe University Frankfurt and the project manager of the WSF TRANSWEL project. Her talk will deal with the "European Portability of Social Security Rights as a Paradigmatic Example of Transnational Social Citizenship".

The nexus between migration and welfare has been one of the most contested issues of the European welfare state politics since the end of the Second World War. At the beginning of the 21st century, the question of what categories of mobile EU citizens ‘deserve’ social membership is, once again, at the heart of debates around intra-European mobility. What is peculiar about current academic and political discourses on this issue is that scholars need to address the access to social rights of mobile EU-citizens in the context of the emergence of a supranational formation: the right to free movement and the equal treatments of mobile EU-citizens in terms of access to social rights as fundamental principles of the cross-border space of the Union. Building on the large-scale comparative project (TRANSWEL,, this paper provides a detailed conceptual basis for the analysis of the current interplay between intra-EU mobility and welfare within the European Union. The main conceptual innovation which the paper provides is that it addresses the European social coordination system as a paradigmatic example for the emergence of the transnational social citizenship in Europe and its contestation. Building on the Foucauldian reading of citizenship, it introduces the concept of portability regime(s) that offers a broader understanding of cross-border membership patterns.

Event Date and Location: March 28, 2017, 5pm, Department of Sociology, Seminar Room 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1090 Vienna, Austria
“Demand for Redistribution: Individuals’ Response to Economic Setbacks” – New Working Paper by 4Is Researcher Linne Marten

With ongoing fiscal retrenchment, it is important to understand the consequences of welfare reform for the most vulnerable members of society. Therefore the 4Is project takes a look at how the welfare state protects households from adverse shocks, as well as how it affects the relationship between material circumstances and well-being. The project assesses the role of past changes in policy and in the socio-demographic and labour market conditions in explaining recent changes in income inequality and evaluates the ability of current welfare states to reduce inequalities in the future, measuring not only income inequality at a point in time, but also income mobility through the lifetime and between generations.

The latest working paper contribution by Linne Marten deals with the “Demand for Redistribution: Individuals’ Response to Economic Setbacks”


Although economic circumstances have been argued to be a major determining factor of attitudes to redistribution, there is little well identified evidence at the individual level. Utilizing a unique dataset with detailed individual information provides new and convincing evidence on the link between economic circumstances and demand for redistribution (in the form of benefits and support). The Swedish National Election Studies are constructed as a rotating survey panel, which makes it possible to estimate the causal effect of economic changes. The empirical analysis shows that individuals who experience a job loss become considerably more supportive of redistribution. Yet, attitudes to redistribution return to their initial level as economic prospects improve, suggesting that the effect is only temporary. Despite the fact that a job loss also changes attitudes to the political parties, the probability to vote for the left-wing is not affected.

More WSF working papers at
"Migrant Union Citizensand Social Assistance: Trying to Be Reasonable About Self-Sufficiency" - Gareth Davies of the TransJudFare Project on the Functioning of EU Law on Migration and Social Assistance

TransJudFare deals with two challenges for welfare states in the European Union (EU): the transnationalization of citizenship and welfare rights and the judicialization of politics. Teams of political scientists and lawyers in Austria, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands are mapping responses to these challenges in five western EU member states.

In his latest working paper, Gareth Davies, Prinicpal Investigator of the Dutch research team looks at how EU law on migration and social assistance actually works, and compares that with its stated goals and implicit premises. There is clearly a disparity, to be resolved either by changing the law or by accepting that the premises of free movement deserve updating in the direction of greater transnational solidarity. The whole paper can be accessed via



February 22-24, 2017 
WSF Thematic Workshop on "Welfare State Attitudes"
Gothenburg, Sweden
Organization: Wim van Oorschot (WelfSOC Partner), Maria Oskarsson and Björn Rönnerstrand (HEALTHDOX)

March 16-17 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop & Masterclass on "Migration and Welfare"
The Hague, The Netherlands
Organization: Helga de Valk (MobileWelfare)

August 12-16, 2017 
WSF Thematic Workshop & Summer School on "The Future of Child and Family Welfare Policy"
Groningen, The Netherlands
Oragnization: Mónica López López (HESTIA), Lennart Nygren (FACSK)

19-21 April 2017
17th European Conference for Social Work Research
Aalborg, Denmark

14-17 June 2017
31th Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics
Glasgow, Scotland

3-5 July 2017
Regulating Decent Work (RDW) 2017 Conference
Geneva, Switzerland

12-15 August  2017
Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
Montreal, Canada
14-16 September 2017
ESPAnet 2017 Conference - New Horizons of European Social Policy: Risks, Opportunities and Challenges
Lisbon, Portugal
+++ Deadline for Abstract Submission: 15 March 2017 +++
Stream Convenors from or affiliated with WSF Network
Stream 14: Health, Employment Status and Disability: A Comparative and Institutional Perspective (Verle Buffel and Kristian Heggebo, HiNEWS)
Stream 24: The Achilles' Heel of Health Care Futures (Maria Asensio, HEALTHDOX and Beatriz Padilla, UPWEB)

TRANSWEL Lecture Series “Migration and social security in the EU: Theoretical approaches and empirical findings”
Universität Wien, Department of Sociology, 5pm, Seminar Room 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1090 Vienna, Austria

28 March 2017
Anna Amelina, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
European Portability of Social Security Rights as a Paradigmatic Example of Transnational Social Citizenship

4 April 2017
Yuri Kazepov, Universität Wien
European ideas national implementations: social investment rhetoric and the importance of the context

30 May 2017
Emma Carmel, University of Bath
What is the European Union anyway? How the governance of social security and free movement can illuminate our understanding of the European Union

13 June 2017
Elisabeth Scheibelhofer, Nora Regös, Clara Holzinger, Universität Wien

Im Labyrinth europäischer Systeme sozialer Sicherung. (Transnationale) Erfahrungen ungarischer MigrantInnen in Österreich

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