1 - History, Religion, and Social Policy

Description: Although much has been written about secularization, religion remains a key issue in many social policy areas, such as, for example, education, family policy, health care, and abortion policy. When paying attention to the relationship between religion and social policy, scholars typically adopt an historical perspective, which is necessary to grasp the evolution of religious beliefs and institutions over time, as they interact with changing social policy issues. This stream aims at improving our knowledge of the role of religion in social policy and, more generally, to promote the development of historically-informed approaches to welfare state stability and change that take into account the changing role of major social institutions such as religion and the family over time. We are particularly interested in paper that focus on faith-based organizations, political parties, family values and structures, and issues of path-dependency and incremental yet transformative social and policy change.   

Comparative papers and in-depth country studies of one or more the issues listed above are especially welcomed. Moreover, the stream organizers are interested in papers reconstructing the history of social policy in Europe, but also in the role of religion and other historically-constructed social institutions in contemporary social policy, given the fact that there are new dynamics and trends at stake. The organizers also welcome papers studying the history-religion-social policy nexus outside of Europe.


Daniel Béland, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Saskatoon, SK, Canada;

Rana Jawad, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK;

Emmanuele Pavolini, Macerata University, Via Don Minzoni, 22a – 62100, Macerata, Italy;

2 - Central-Local Tensions in European Welfare Systems
3 - Employment Equality at the Intersection of Organizations and Social Policy
4 - What Can We Learn from the „East“? Comparative Analysis of Former Communist Welfare States
5 - Migrant and Transnational Families’ Access to Formal and Informal Welfare
6 - EU Social Policies in the Context of Multiple Crises
7 - Reforming Pension Systems – Employment, Retirement and Wellbeing in Later Life
8 - Social Policy in Multitiered Polities
9 - Experiments in Social Policy Research
10 - The Rise of (Radical) Right Parties. Old and New Challenges to European Welfare States
11 - BREXIT and European Social Policy: Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects
12 - New Policies of Care, Old Inequalities? Reforming Long-Term Care for Older People and their Impact on Inequalities
13 - Precarious Employment and In-Work Poverty in the EU and Beyond
14 - Housing Policy
15 - The Political Economy of Basic Income: Opportunities, Constraints, Trajectories
16 - Separated Parents and Gender Equity
17 - Welfare States and Technological Change
18 - The Governance of “Marginal Living”: (In)Effectiveness of Policy Responses to Marginal Populations
19 - Social Workers and Social Policy: Bottom-up and Top-down Perspectives
20 - Baltic States at the Crossroad – a Search for a Sustainable Welfare State System
21 - Health Care Organization and Funding. European Policy and National Ongoing Reforms in the Member States
22 - Labour Market Segmentation and Labour Market Mobility in Europe – New Approaches, New Insights
23 - Family Policy Changes in Europe and Family Wellbeing: Drivers, Patterns and Outcomes
24 - The Politics of Migration and Social Protection in the EU
25 - Comparative Methodology: Causal Inference in Social Policy Analysis
26 - Open Stream

Responsibilities of Stream Convenors

– Stream convenors are responsible for one or more sessions organised within a particular stream. The total number of sessions per stream will depend on the number of abstracts accepted.
– Stream convenors participate in the selection of abstracts, ranking all abstracts submitted for their respective stream. Stream convenors may not submit abstracts to their own stream. The review of abstracts will be organised after the closure of the call for abstracts, 19th March. Only two abstract submissions per researcher are allowed.
– Final decisions on the number of sessions per stream and the acceptance of abstracts will be made by the local organising committee after full information concerning streams is available.
– In the run-up to the Conference, stream convenors together with local organisers supervise the deadlines for paper submission and review the situation concerning contributed papers in case deadlines are not met.

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Faculty of Philosophy
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