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Daniel Clegg

Daniel Clegg
Dr Daniel Clegg
Director of the Graduate School of Social and Political Science; Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
3.23 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 3998
Research Interests
Unemployment, comparative social policy, welfare reform, welfare systems, Labour Market, European social policy, social security, Comparative Political Economy, French political economy, French politics

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Mondays 1.30 - 3 (during semester)


MA (Edin) PhD (EUI Florence)

Biographical Statement

I joined the School of Social and Political Science in 2007, having previously held research and teaching positions at the University of Stirling, the University of Oxford and Sciences Po in Paris.

My principal research area is comparative social and labour market policy. I am particularly interested in the socio-political and institutional dynamics of the development and reform of benefits, regulations and servcies for people experiencing labour market risks such as unemployment, precarious work and low pay across European countries. I have also worked on methodological challenges in the comparative analysis of social and labour market policies. My empirical work is primarily qualitative and historical in nature, and much of it has focused on the French case in comparative perspective.

I was a member of the executive committee of the Network of Excellence 'Reconciling Work and Welfare' (RECWOWE) (2006-2011), funded under the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme. I have recently directed part of a 3 year (2012-2015) research project entitled 'Combating Poverty in Europe: Re-organising Active Inclusion through Participatory and Integrated Forms of Multilevel Governance' (COPE), financed by the European Community's 7th Framework Programme. I have also participated in research projects financed by UK ESRC and the Research Mission of the French Ministry of Social Affairs.

External Positions Held

Board Member, European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet)

Review Editor and Editorial Board Member, Journal of European Social Policy

Editorial Board Member, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy

Series Co-Editor, Work and Welfare in Europe (Palgrave Macmillan)

Member of the Scientific Council of the French Public Employment Service, Pôle Emploi

PhD students


Alessio Bertolini: The well-being of disadvantaged workers in Italy and the UK (ESRC funded)

Rodrigo Lozado: Effectiveness of Alternative Conditional Cash Transfer Designs

Sarah Weakley: Neighbourhood Impacts on Youth Transitions in the UK and the USA (University of Edinburgh PCDS funded)


Ying Cui: Media representation of social issues in China

Alexander Goerne: Labour market policies in the UK and Germany

Dan Heap: Working-age benefits, activation and non-employment in comparative perspective (ESRC-CASE funded)

Elize Massard da Fonseca: Politics of Pharmaceutical Regulation in Brazil (School of Social and Political Science funded)

Jochen Meyer: Scientific Knowledge and Unemployment Policy


Journal Articles

Comparative social policy analysis and active labour market policy: Putting quality before quantity, Journal of Social Policy, 45(1), 2016, 21-38 (with Jochen Clasen and Alexander Goerne)

The demise of tax credits, Political Quarterly, 86(4), 2015, 493-499

Convergence from below? The reform of minimum income protection in France and the UK, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 30(2), 2014, 147-164

Soziale Sicherung bei Arbeitslosigkeit - auf dem Weg in den Dualismus? Die Hartz-Reformen in historisch-komparitver Perspektive, WSI Mitteilungen 3/2014, 2014, pp. 192-198 (with Jochen Clasen)

Welfare institutions and the mobilization of consent: Union responses to labour market activation policies in France and the Netherlands, European Journal of Industrial Relations, 17(4), 2011, pp. 333-348 (with Christa van Wijnbergen)

Les reformes de l'indemnisation du chomage en Europe continentale, Revue Belge de Securite Sociale,  03/2011, pp. 483-509

Labour market policy and the crisis: Britain in Comparative Perspective, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 18(1), 2010, pp. 5-17

Continental Drift: On unemployment policy change in Bismarckian welfare states, in Social Policy & Administration, Volume 41(6), 2007, pp. 597-617

Beyond activation: reforming unemployment protection systems in post-industrial labour markets, in European Societies, Volume 8(4), 2006, pp. 555-581 (with Jochen Clasen)

Unemployment protection and labour market reform in France and Great Britain: solidarity versus activation?, in Journal of Social Policy, Volume 32(3), 2003, pp. 361-81 (with Jochen Clasen)

Worlds apart? Unemployment policies and politics in Britain and France, in Revue Francaise de Civilisation Britannique, Volume XII(2) 2003, pp. 131-43 (with Jochen Clasen)

The political status of social assistance benefits in European welfare states: lessons from reforms to provisions for the unemployed in France and Great Britain, European Journal of Social Security, Volume 4(3), 2002, pp. 201-25


Regulating the Risk of Unemployment: National Adaptation to Post-Industrial Labour Markets in Europe, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011 (ed., with Jochen Clasen)

Journal Special Issues/Themed Sections

Reforming Minimim Income Protection in Europe, themed section in Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 30(2), 2014

Book Chapters

Institutional arrangements and policy coordination in national anti-poverty regimes, in Halvorsen, R. and Hvinden, B. (eds.) Combating Poverty in Europe: Active Inclusion in a Multi-Level and Multi-Actor Context, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2016, 85-108

Labour market policy, in Wright, J. (editor in chief) International Encyclopaedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences (2nd edition), Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2015, 183-189

Implementing a myth: The evolution of conditionality in French minimum income protection, in Lodemel, I. and Moreira, A. (eds.) Activation or Workfrare? Governance and Neo-Liberal Convergence, New York, Oxford University Press, 2014, 203-228 (with Bruno Palier)

Politiques d'activation récentes au Royaume-Uni: application étendue d'une approche restrictive, in Hazouard, S. et al. (eds.) L'Aide au retour à l'emploi: politiques françaises, allemandes et internationales, Paris: CIRAC, 2013, pp. 331-350

Central European Welfare States, in Greve, B. (ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of the Welfare State, London, Routledge, 2013, pp. 161-170

Adapting labour market policy to a transformed employment structure: The politics of 'triple integration', in Bonoli, G. and Natali, D. (eds.) The Politics of the New Welfare State, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 135-157 (with Jochen Clasen)

Solidarity or dualization? Social governance, union preferences and unemployment benefit adjustment in Belgium and France, in Emmenegger, P. et al (eds.) The Age of Dualization: The Changing Face of Inequality in Deindustrializing Societies, New York, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 253-276

France: integration versus dualization, in Clasen, J. and Clegg, D. (eds.) Regulating the Risk of Unemployment: National Adaptations to Post-Industrial Labour Markets in Europe, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 34-54

From insurance or insertion to rights and responsibilities: the shifting logics of unemployment policy in France, in Nevile, A. (ed.) Rights and Social Policy: A Comparative Analysis of Values and Citizenship in OECD countries, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2010, pp. 83-100

From liberal statism to statist liberalism; the transformation of unemployment policy in Europe, in Seeleib-Kaiser, M. (ed.) Welfare State Transformations, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2008, pp. 147-163

Levels and levers of conditionality: measuring change within welfare states, in J. Clasen and N. Siegel (eds.) Investigating welfare state change: The 'dependent variable problem' in comparative analysis, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007, pp. 166-197 (with Jochen Clasen)

New labour market risks and the revision of unemployment protection systems in Europe, in Armingeon, K. and Bonoli, G. (eds.) The Politics of the Post-Industrial Welfare State, London, Routledge, 2006, pp. 192-210 (with Jochen Clasen)

A rootless third way: a continental European perspective on New Labour's welfare state, revisited, in Powell, M. et al. (eds.) Social Policy Review 17; Analysis and Debate in Social Policy 2005, Bristol, The Policy Press/Social Policy Association, 2005, pp. 233-53

Does the third way work? The left and labour market policy in Britain, France and Germany, in Surrender, R. and Lewis, J. (eds.) Welfare States and the Third Way: Comparative Developments and Debates, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 89-110 (with Jochen Clasen)

Other Publications

Welfare: The proposed restrictions to benefits for migrants and the referendum debate, in Jeffery, C. and Perman, R. (eds.) Britain's Decision: Facts and Impartial Analysis for the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016, The David Hume Institute/Centre on Constitutional Change/The Hunter Foundation, pp. 100-104

Europe, in Labour Market Megatrends and Social Security, Geneva, International Social Security Association, September 2013, pp. 47-56

In the eye of the storm: Europe's new model of unemployment protection and the economic crisis, The European Financial Review, August-September 2013, pp. 3-6

European labour market policies in (the) crisis, ETUI Working Paper 2012.12 (with Jochen Clasen and Jon Kvist)

Between sectionalism and revitalisation: Trade unions and Activation Policies in Europe (with Paolo Graziano and Christa van Wijnbergen), RECWOWE Working Paper REC-WP 07/2010

Topics interested in supervising

I am able to offer supervision on a wide range of topics in social and public policy and political economy, particularly in comparative and international perspective. I especially welcome enquiries about supervision of research on aspects of unemployment and labour market policy and the politics of welfare reform in rich democracies.

If you are interested in being supervised by Daniel Clegg, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Policy; MSc (R) Social Policy