Privatization and Marketization of Social Services
and Social Programs

Third Doctoral Workshop of the German Section of the European Network for Social Policy Analysis
November 14-15, 2013 | Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne


Introduction to the Workshop

Welfare state restructuring has resulted in a significant re-calibration of the nexus between the state and the market and has been accompanied by the introduction of welfare markets in many policy fields. On the one hand privatization and marketization can be considered as reflecting the decreasing capacities and resources for nation-state governance and on the other as flexible responses to the problems of growth and changing social risks, responses that are often expected to increase efficiency in welfare production. In the European context, the Services Directive of the European Commission was conceived in 2006 to promote a cross-border market in services. While this directive explicitly excludes certain social services and health care, as a legal framework it alone cannot explain the differences that exist between welfare states and policy fields on the extent of the privatization and marketization of social services: for example, the level of marketization in most European welfare states appears to be higher for health and elderly care than for child care services.
This workshop brings together PhD students from German and international universities and research institutions to discuss research projects on these topics. The workshop is organised by the German Section of the European Network for Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet), an interdisciplinary organization of social policy research at European level, and supported by the social policy sections of the German sociology and political science associations. The workshop is jointly organized on behalf of its partner organizations by Annette Henninger (Universität Marburg), Simone Leiber (Fachhochschule Düsseldorf), Sascha Münnich (Universität Göttingen) and Thomas Paster (MPIfG).


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