Welcome to the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

The mission of the European Centre's work is to improve social inclusion in Europe by building bridges between policy, research and practice to foster evidence-based innovation in social welfare, between EU Member States and Accession countries as well as countries of the Eastern Partnership to facilitate the integration of welfare systems, but also between various sectors of social welfare to promote people-centred, inclusive and integrated provision of services and facilities.


Contribution to ‘The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare State Systems’

The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare Systems

This Handbook, edited by Christian Aspalter, contains an impressive overview of welfare state systems in 25 countries around the world. It contributes to the ideal-typical welfare regime theory, identifying now in total 10 worlds of welfare capitalism. Authors have focused on particular sectors of social policies in selected countries. Kai Leichsenring contributed a chapter on the Austrian welfare state with special reference to the long-term care system. More information and a discount offer can be found here. Contact: Kai Leichsenring

First Building Bridges Summer School on Social Welfare took place at the European Centre in Vienna

EESPN Summer School

Twelve participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine successfully completed the Summer School on Social Welfare (10 to 14 July 2017). The main outcomes of the Summer School include the learning from best practices, the exchange of experiences, and the development of collaborative work by strengthening the Eastern European Social Policy Network (EESPN). The Summer School’s key event, the EESPN Public Forum, was hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection. Together with approximately 45 people, the key note speakers Dr. Cartwright and Ms Marić approached the question of ‘Divided Society – Cohesive Europe?’ Contact: Anette Scoppetta

The European Centre in the Austrian newspapers


Related to the report “Simulation of an application of the Hartz-IV reform in Austria” commissioned by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finances, which presents the fiscal implications together with the distributional effects and the impact on risk of poverty of a similar reform in Austria, Michael Fuchs was interviewed on the potential fiscal, distributional and labour market related effects of Hartz IV in Austria, on consequences for current receivers of unemployment assistance and on the (dis)harmonisation of minimum income benefit in the Austrian Federal States.

Related to an analysis of the amount of monetary social benefits received by non-Austrian citizens compared to Austrian citizens and the respective amounts of social (insurance) contributions paid using the micro-simulation model EUROMOD/SORESI based on the policy system 2016 and EU-SILC 2015 data (incomes 2014), Michael Fuchs was interviewed on the current overall balance, potential developments in the future and on the balances in different policy sections like pensions, unemplyment insurance and family benefits.

Journal article: "Towards individual responsibilities: Interests affecting major alcohol policy changes in 1950s Austria"

Social History of Alcohol

Following the Depression, the Civil War and the transformation of the country into a German province in the late 1930s and the Second World War, Austria suffered economically. Austria was also politically diminished due to its status as an occupied country until 1955. As a result of a newly achieved political consensus within the country, production and retail of alcoholic beverages were finally released of the restrictions that had been raised for decades. Alcoholic beverages became “ordinary goods” with circumscribed, controllable risks, and responsibility for the consequences of alcohol consumption was delegated to the individual. Contact: Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl

Chapters in book “Concepts of addictive substances and behaviours across time and place"

Concepts of addictive substances and behaviours across time and place

In this book, Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl is a co-author of four chapters: ‘Concepts of addiction in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s: what does a long view tell us about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco?’, ‘The role of stakeholders in addictions policy and intervention’, ‘Exploring user groups as stakeholders in drug policy processes in four European countries’ and ‘External influences on national drug policies in four European countries at the turn of the twenty-first century’.