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by David Imbert last modified 23-04-2009 11:42

Jochen Clasen

Address / Contact:

Telephone: 0044 (0)131 650 9922


Recent and current positions:

Professor of Comparative Social Policy in the University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Studies, since January 2007.

Previously he held a Chair in Comparative Social Research at the University of Stirling, and visiting research positions at the Universities of Roskilde, EUI Florence and Tübingen University.

Fields of research and interests (key words):

Comparative social policy research, labour market and social security policy and welfare reform.


Some recent/important publications:

Reforming European Welfare States. Germany and the United Kingdom compared, Oxford University Press (2005). ( ).

Investigating welfare state change – the dependent variable problem in comparative analysis, (with N.A. Siegel) (eds) Edward Elgar (2007).

'Changing Principles in European Social Security', (with W. van Oorschot), European Journal of Social Security, 4, 2, 89-115, 2002.

'Non-employment and the welfare state: the UK and Germany compared', (with J. Davidson, H. Ganssmann and A. Mauer), Journal of European Social Policy, 16, 2, 134-154, 2006.


'Das Genter System der Arbeitslosenversicherung – immer noch gewerkschaftliches Rekrutierungsinstrument oder sozialpolitisches Auslaufmodell? Dänemark und Schweden im Vergleich', (with E. Viebrock) Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 52, 3, 351-371 , 2006.

'Beyond activation: reforming European unemployment protection systems in post-industrial labour markets', (with D Clegg), European Societies, 8, 4, 555-581, 2006.

'The economic value of social policy and the active role of passive benefits', in Social Security, number 68, 9-25 (in Hebrew), 2005.

'Unemployment protection and labour market reform in France and Great Britain in the 1990s: solidarity versus activation?', (with D. Clegg), Journal of Social Policy, 32, 2, 361-381, 2003.

'Towards a new welfare state or reverting to type? Some major trends in British social policy since the early 1980s', European Legacy, 8, 5, 573-586, 2003.



Involvement in other recent or current research projects, current grants:

Co-founder and co-chairman (with Wim van Oorschot) of ESPAnet, the European Social Policy Analysis network ( )

Major research grants awarded by the ESRC, European Commission, Anglo-German Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and smaller awards from the DWP, the Hans-Böckler Foundation and the Carnegie Trust.

2006-2009: Sustainable welfare and sustainable growth - towards a new social settlement in Germany and the United Kingdom?, Anglo-German Foundation, I coordinate 3 projects on family policy (M. Daly, S. Leitner, M.Seeleib-Kaiser); pension policy (P. Bridgen, T. Meyer, B. Riedmüller) and social justice (S. Mau and P. Taylor-Gooby), (total budget of £575,000).


Teaching / PhD students:

Superviser of postgraduate research theses in comparative social policy, particularly in the areas of labour markets, social security and welfare reform.

Recent PhD theses on the delivery of social assistance in the UK and the Netherlands and trust in public and private pensions in the UK and Denmark.







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