School of Social and Political Science

Daniel Clegg

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Senior Lecturer in Social Policy


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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

I conduct research in the broad area of comparative social policy. My main interests are in the social regulation of labour markets in rich democracies, with a particular focus on working-age social security and labour market policies/institutions. I have specific expertise on French social and labour market policy.

I am co-editor of the Work and Welfare in Europe book series (Palgrave Macmillan) and a member of the scientific council of the French public employment service. I was on the board of the European Social Policy Analysis network (ESPAnet) from 2012 to 2018.

Topics interested in supervising

I welcome projects investigating the causes and/or effects of the social regulation of labour markets, especially in comparative perspective.

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




Recent (since 2020) articles and chapters

European labour markets and social policy: Recent research and future directions (with J. Clasen), in Nelson, K. et al (eds.) Changing European Societies: The Role for Social Policy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2022

Unemployment benefit governance, trade unions and outsider protection in Conservative welfare states (with E. Heins and P. Rathgeb), Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, online first (13 May 2022)

A more liberal France, a more social Europe? Macron, two-level reformism and the Covid-19 crisis, Comparative European Politics, 20, 184-200, 2022

Social Policy in Europe, in Alcock, P. et al (eds.) The Students Companion to Social Policy (6th edition), Chichester, Wiley Blackwell, 2022

Leaving 'the old broken model' behind? (with H. Bennett, J. Eichhorn and E. Heins), IPPR Progressive Review, 28(3), 260-269, 2021

Less dualisation, more segmentation: France's labour market model in the early 21st century, Sociologia del Lavoro, 59(1), 50-70, 2021

Access to social protection by immigrants, emigrants and resident nationals in the UK (with A. Bertolini), in Lafleur, J-M. and Vintila, D. (eds.), Migration and Social Protection in Europe and Beyond (vol. 3), IMISCOE research series, Berlin: Springer, 419-432, 2020

Edited Books and Special Issues

Handbook of Labour Market Policy in Rich Democracies (ed. with N. Durazzi), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (forthcoming 2023)

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

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


PhD supervision

I have co-supervised 10 PhD students to successful completion, 5 as principal supervisor.

I currently co-supervise the following five projects

  • Bianca Luna Fabris: The left and labour market policy in Conservative welfare states (ABS funded)
  • Emily Kenway: Exploring poor labour experiences of hyper-precarious people (EDCS funded)
  • Larissa Nenning: The moral economy of part-time work and welfare states (ABS funded)
  • Ewan Robertson: The politics of supplementing wages (ESRC funded)
  • Nutrawee Sungthanu: Business engagement in social policy: A case study of Thailand

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Staff Hours and Guidance

Mondays 10-12 (during semester)