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

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,...

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Editorial : Revolution?!

Künzler, Daniel ; Schief, Sebastian

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

Université de Fribourg

Das türkische Welfare-Regime unter der AKP : Vom konservativen südeuropäischen zum muslimischen Typus?

Trucco, Noemi

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

Due to two distinct historical features – a strong state and rigid laicism – the Turkish welfare state used to be strongly fragmented, hierarchical and corporatist. As such, it assigned a central role to the social institution of the family. With Turkey’s increasing integration into the global economy in the 1980s, new forms of poverty developed, and the welfare state’s funding came...

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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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Liberale Demokratien und der Zwang zum Dienst an der Waffe

Schief, Sebastian

In:, 2017, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Forum: 1.2

In Bezug auf den Zwangsdienst von (zumeist) Männern im Militär einer liberalen Demokratie existiert eine Konfliktlinie zwischen einerseits der Interpretation, dass der Staat in liberalen Gesellschaften den Bürger und die Bürgerin nicht zu Zwangsdiensten jeglicher Art zwingen könne, weil dies ein unbilliger Eingriff in die Freiheit des Citoyens sei. Andererseits verteidigen die...