La revue "" ( a été fondée en 2016 au domaine d’études Sociologie, politique sociale et travail social de l’Université de Fribourg où se trouve également la rédaction. Elle est publiée deux fois par année en ligne et contient des contributions en allemand, anglais, français et italien. "" se comprend comme une revue scientifique qui traite tous les domaines de la politique et de l’état social tout en soulignant l’aspect d’échange entre la recherche et la pratique. Dans ce sens, la revue fait appel à des chercheuses et chercheurs ainsi qu’à toute personne active dans ce domaine. Dans le cadre de la revue, des discussions scientifiques concernant les développements et les concepts socio-politiques en Suisse et dans d’autres pays ainsi qu’en comparaison internationale peuvent être menées. La revue publie des recherches quantitatives, qualitatives, et comparatives concernant la politique sociale, mais aussi des traités théoriques. A part les articles scientifiques, des contributions mineures peuvent être publiées dans la revue. Pour atteindre un niveau élevé des articles, toutes les contributions sont soumises à un processus de validation par des pairs.
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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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A social revolution in the name of a religion? : The Islamic Revolution of 1978/79 in Iran

Sheikhzadegan, Amir

In:, 2018, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.6

The year 1979 witnessed an event that was to impact the world for decades to come. The Western-friendly monarchic regime of Iran that had pushed through a rapid modernization program by leaning on a repressive security apparatus was toppled by a nationwide protest movement and replaced by an Islamist regime. This study delivers, from a historical sociological perspective, an analysis of the major...

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Towards the Solution of the Economic Problem? – On the Non-Revolutionary Relationship between Working Time and Productivity

Schief, Sebastian

In:, 2018, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.5

The increase of productivity we faced in the last hundred years was the basis for fundamental predictions on how a rising standard of living would reduce working time in the long run. Keynes predicted in 1930 that the economic problem would be solved and “mankind will be deprived of its traditional purpose” (Keynes 1931[1930]: 366). It is quite obvious that Keynes prediction is wrong when it...

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The discourse of dependency and the agrarian roots of welfare doctrines in Africa : The case of Botswana

Seekings, Jeremy

In:, 2017, vol. 2, no. 2, p. Article: 2.4

Political elites across much of Africa have criticized welfare programmes and the idea of a welfare state for fostering dependency. Anxiety over dependency is not unique to East or Southern Africa, but the discourse of dependency in countries such as Botswana differs in important respects to the discourses of dependency articulated in some industrialised societies (notably the USA). This paper...

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Contested claims to social welfare : Basic income grants in Namibia

Klocke-Daffa, Sabine

In:, 2017, vol. 2, no. 2, p. Article: 2.3

In many parts of the world, income transfers to underprivileged groups have long been part of social welfare programmes. However, the conditionality of such grants has recently been challenged on a global scale, arguing that income grants should serve as a mechanism to redistribute national resources rather than filling the social gap, and be conceded to all members of the population. The only...

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Social policy and welfare regimes typologies : Any relevance to South Africa?

Noyoo, Ndangwa

In:, 2017, vol. 2, no. 2, p. Article: 2.2

This paper revisits Esping-Andersen’s welfare regimes typology and applies it to the South African context. To argue its case, it refers to and uses the construct of colonialism of a special type. The paper notes that unlike other African coun- tries, Esping-Andersen’s framework resonates with South Africa’s social policy and welfare regime because of its unique history that partly stems...

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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 impact of supplementary short rest breaks on task performance : A meta-analysis

Wendsche, Johannes ; Lohmann-Haislah, Andrea ; Wegge, Jürgen

In:, 2016, vol. 2, no. 2, p. Article: 2.3

Within-shift rest breaks are important to prevent an accumulation of impairing short-term effects of strain over working time. In this meta-analysis (k = 11, N = 705), we investigated how supplementary, frequent short rest breaks affect task performance and strain. We found positive effects on quality (g = 0.23) and quantity (g = 0.12) measures of task performance. The mean reduction of working...

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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...