Call for Papers | Biannual Regulatory Governance Conference

Call for Papers | Biannual Regulatory Governance Conference (24-26 June), Exeter
Panel(s) on Regulatory Governance and the Welfare State

Philipp Trein, University of Lausanne
Avishai Benish, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

During the last two decades, policymakers have used regulatory instruments to change the governance of welfare states. Decisionmakers have put in place measures aiming at regulating private welfare providers, which increasingly deliver social services that were previously provided by public or semi-public organizations, for example regarding pensions and health care. Furthermore, governments created new types of social regulations aiming at influencing the behavior of individuals, for example through smoking bans. Yet another series of reforms have changed and amended existing regulatory elements of the welfare state, for example, job security regulations. Against this background, scholars have pointed out that regulatory governance has become an important instrument for dealing with problems regarding social policy and the welfare state. Nevertheless, important research questions concerning the link between regulation and welfare have remained open and need to be answered. Therefore, we invite papers that conduct research in relation to the regulatory governance of welfare state services.

Possible themes are:
1. How did the regulatory dimension of the welfare state evolve during the last decades and how does the nature of regulatory policy instruments change in the welfare state?
2. How does the evolution of capitalist economies, such as financialization, affect the regulatory dimension of the welfare state?
3. How do social changes, such as migration or ageing, influence the regulatory dimension of the welfare state?
4. Which are the political conflicts and coalitions that succumb the regulatory dimension of the welfare state and how have conflicts and coalitions evolved during recent years?
5. What are the practices and challenges of the inspection of public and private social services?
6. What are the implications of the new forms of welfare state governance on redistribution, the rights of citizens, the practices of business and third-sector service providers as well as the commitments of street-level professionals?

We invite papers that analyze these questions either from a theoretical or empirical perspective. We are open to different research designs, such as case studies or comparative analyses, as well as to different methods of analysis.

If you are interested, please send an abstract (200 words; including title and contact details) to Philipp Trein ( before December 10th.