Welfare States in industrialised countries have transformed considerably during the last decades. Although different in timing and degree, many countries have introduced reforms influenced by such ideas as activating welfare recipients, investive social policy, enhancing efficiency of welfare provision by market competition, furthering individual responsibility, choice, customer-orientation and autonomy. Against the backdrop of changing welfare state paradigms, we are interested in understanding what such kinds of policies actually do to people, and how people make use of new welfare state programmes implementing these ideas.
On May 28th and 29th, TransSoz invites young scholars to present their ongoing research on the interplay of welfare state programmes and the use of the same by the people under the title „What Welfare States do to People and how People use Welfare State Programmes“. The workshop organised by the German Section of the European Social Policy Network (ESPAnet). The venue for this event will be the University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf.