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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Université de Fribourg

Permanent Night Work in Germany

Brauner, Corinna ; Müller, Grit ; Wöhrmann, Anne M

In:, 2018, vol. 2, no. 2, p. Article: 2.2

Research on night work focuses almost solely on night work as part of rotating shift schedules. Thus, little is known about permanent night workers, their working conditions and health. The aim of this study is to give insight on characteristics of permanent night workers, their health status and their work–life balance. Data from the BAuA-Working Time Survey 2015 were used and 189 employees in...

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Arbeitszeitentwicklungen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz

Arlinghaus, Anna ; Gärtner, Johannes ; Rabstein, Sylvia ; Schief, Sebastian ; Vetter, Céline

In:, 2018, vol. 2, no. 2, p. Article: 2.1

Editorial des Schwerpunktheftes "Arbeitszeitentwicklungen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz

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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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TINA und die technologische Revolution

Flecker, Jörg

In:, 2018, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.4

Right now we are experiencing an extensive public debate about the radical change of economy and society due to digitalization. Within this debate, technical determinism - identifying technology as the reason for social change- and neoliberalism interconnect. The guiding question is not about the how of development and application of technology, but the sheer demand of fast digitalization to...

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Die Energiewende in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1974-2017) – Reform, Revolution, oder Restauration? : Makroperspektive auf einen Dauerkonflikt

Neukirch, Mario

In:, 2018, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.3

The paper understands the transformation of the German energy system between 1974-2017 as a conflict between two grand coalitions: The established coalition that defends the status quo and challengers who are advocating for the transition of the system. The timespan of the analysis will be divided in three phases. In the first phases of discursive confrontation, a grassroots coalition is...

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Big Data-Revolution, Überwachung und soziale Medien : Gefahr für die Demokratie?

Kahl, Martin

In:, 2018, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.2

Companies, security agencies and political organizations use big data analyses in many ways to improve the forecasting and control of behavior. If one relates these developments to core elements of democratic decision-making, such as forming opinions on the basis of personal autonomy, the self-determined demarcation between the private and public spheres and the role of the public media,...