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

Kinderbetreuung im Cono Sur : Die Fälle Chile und Uruguay

Vera, William Daniel ; Barra, Carina de la

In:, 2016, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Forum: 1.2

Care-Arbeit für betreuungsbedürftige Personen spielt im Prozess der sozialen Reproduktion eine zentrale Rolle. Diese Betreuungsarbeit wird weltweit vor allem von Familien und insbesondere von Frauen geleistet, wobei Lateinamerika keine Ausnahme darstellt. In den letzten Jahren haben jedoch viele Regierungen in der Region politische Massnahmen entwickelt, um diese Bedürfnisse seitens der...

Université de Fribourg

Unter dem Einfluss einer Krise der Männlichkeit : Leonhard Ragaz und sein Netzwerk

Epple, Ruedi

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

1922 trat Leonhard Ragaz von seiner Professur für Theologie an der Universität Zürich zu-rück und zog mit seiner Familie nach Zürich Aussersihl, einem stark wachsenden Aussen-quartier mit Arbeiterbevölkerung. Er gründete dort ein sogenanntes Settlement, eine Siedlung wohlhabender oder gut gebildeter Leute in proletarischer Nachbarschaft. Seine Entscheidung, diesen aussergewöhnlichen...

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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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Household Wellbeing and Health in Two Types of Welfare Regimes : A Comparison of (Lower -) Middle Income Households in Chile and Costa Rica

Budowski, Monica ; Vera, Daniel

In:, 2016, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.3

Chile and Costa Rica’s health care systems fare well regarding health indicators. They vary corresponding to their welfare regimes: liberal-informal and social-democratic-informal. We compare how households in precarious prosperity, which are particularly dependent on institutional arrangements, deal with health. We ask: to what extent do health care systems, visible in household strategies,...

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The Political Economy of Universal Pensions in Bolivia

Müller, Katharina

In:, 2016, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.2

While non-contributory pensions are spreading around the globe, Bolivia is still the only Latin American country with a universal old-age pension scheme. Originally designed twenty years ago and contested more than once, the benefit survived a political regime change from neo-liberalism to new developmentalism and features an interesting political economy. With the commodities boom coming to an...

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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...