The journal "" ( was founded in 2016 in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Work of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and has its editorial offices there. It appears online twice yearly and includes contributions in German, English, French, or Italian. "" is a scholarly journal concerned with all areas of social policy and the welfare state. It strives to be a go-between linking academia and practice. Thus it is aimed at both scholars and all those actively practicing in the area. The journal should facilitate academic discourse about developments and concepts in social policy – in the widest sense of that term – in Switzerland, in other countries, and in international comparison. The journal publishes quantitative, qualitative, and comparative research on social policy, as well as theoretical pieces. In addition to academic articles, the journal can also publish shorter pieces (reviews of significant books and brief research notes). To achieve a high quality in the articles, all submissions will be put through a peer review process.
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Nationalsozialistische und protofaschistische Sympathien an der Universität Freiburg i. Ü. : Die Ausweisung von Josef Spieler und die Neubesetzung des Lehrstuhls für Heilpädagogik durch Eduard Montalta

Künzler, Daniel ; Tschanz, Christoph

In:, 2019, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Forum: 1,1

Der aus Deutschland stammende Josef Spieler hatte an der Universität Freiburg in der Schweiz von 1933 bis 1945 eine Professur in „Psychologie, Pädagogik und Heilpädagogik“ inne. Diese wurde ihm 1945 entzogen und er musste wegen nationalsozialistischen Sympa-thien 1947 die Schweiz verlassen. Die Forschung hat diese Vorkommnisse teilweise aufgear-beitet und sich, wenngleich zögerlich, auch...

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The “socialist revolution” in the Seychelles : continuities and discontinuities in economic and social policies

Künzler, Daniel

In:, 2018, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.7

After the “socialist revolution” in 1977, the Seychelles introduced a universal social pension, free education and free health care. This path of the Seychelles to universal social policies is unique in several regards. On the one hand, the policies were financed by economic growth triggered by a non-dogmatic economic policy that focused on three partly state-led, partly privately driven key...

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Editorial : Revolution?!

Künzler, Daniel ; Schief, Sebastian

In:, 2018, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.1

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Varieties and drivers of social welfare in sub-Saharan Africa : A critical assessment of current research

Künzler, Daniel ; Nollert, Michael

In:, 2017, vol. 2, no. 2, p. Article: 2.1

How can we conceptually grasp social policies on the macro level in sub-Saharan Africa? Decommodification and defamilialisation, two key concepts of Esping-Andersen’s seminal typology, are not very helpful to distinguish welfare regimes in sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, typologies that have been developed for the Global South hardly consider social stratification. In conclusion, there is no...

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The Politics of Health Care Reforms in Kenya and their Failure

Künzler, Daniel

In:, 2016, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.4

The current literature on the politics of social policy has two major shortcomings: health care reforms are undertheoretized and research on Anglophone Africa tends to neglect health reforms. To tackle this, a case study on Kenya presents (failed) re-forms such as universal or categorical free health care or the introduction of health insurance and the expansion of its coverage. The case study...

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Health and Old Age in Latin America and Africa : Introdution to the Issue

Künzler, Daniel

In:, 2016, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.1

The remarkable dynamism of government welfare provision in Africa and in Latin America and the Caribbean is embedded in a broader context. As a legacy of the colonial past, social protection for old age and health care was generally the privilege of the rather small group of formal sector workers. French colonialism emphasized an active role of the state in social protection and had a quite...