Social Policies and welfare systems in Southern Europe

July 15, 2019

Proposal for a monographic session of the Journal Autonomie Locali e Servizi Sociali ALSS

Call for Abstracts:

Social policies and welfare systems in Southern Europe

Monographic Session N. 3/2019

Editors: prof. Teresa Consoli, Università degli studi di Catania, Italy and  prof. Apostolos G. Papadopoulos, Harokopio University, Greece

This call for papers is launched in collaboration with the RES (the journal of the Spanish Federation of Sociology and Sociologia On Line-SOL (the journal of the Portuguese Association of Sociology). The idea of ​​a joint publication rises after the mid-term Conference of the Italian Association for Sociology (AIS) with ESA RN26 (Sociology of Social Policy and Social Welfare) and RN27 (Southern European Societies) held in Catania from 4 to 6 October 2018 on Social Structures, Culture and Institutions in Southern European Societies

The aims of the conference have crossed many of the thematic areas covered by the ALSS with specific reference to the transformations of the welfare systems and development models of Southern Europe. Southern Europe has gradually become, since the post-war period, an object of social research in itself. Several historical processes have shaped common characteristics including cultural frameworks, dynamics of the labor market, development processes, migration regimes and welfare models. The  definition of  Southern Europe is a theoretical exercise in which the geographical and sociological maps do not always coincide. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on the convergence and divergence processes of the region in comparative perspective and within specific countries along relevant sociological topics. 

This special issue will focus on social policies and welfare systems in countries and regions of the south of Europe. Some important questions that motivates the proposal are the following: what differences and similarities can be identified today? Are the characteristics of the "southern European model" still analytically relevant? Which kind of approaches let researchers to reconstruct the specificities of these territories and to grasp the actual transformations taking place?

Articles may relate to:

  • welfare policies (poverty, employment, housing) in a comparative perspective
  • migration policies in a comparative perspective
  • new approaches to the study of welfare models in Southern Europe
  • development and well-being in Southern Europe
  • organization of “innovative” social services to deal with major social problems 
  • specific cases of welfare policies with special implications for southern European countries and beyond.

Abstracts and papers can be submitted in Italian or in English.

We firstly ask to submit an abstract of 500 words by 15th of July 2019 to Autonomie Locali e Servizi sociali autonomielocalieservizisociali [at], to Teresa Consoli consoli [at] and Apostolos G. Papadopoulos apospapa [at] Authors of the selected abstracts will be contacted by the end of July and will be asked to developed manuscripts of 35-40.000 characters by 31st of October. Papers will undergo a double-blind peer-review process.

Key dates: 

-Abstract submission:  15th of July

-Notification of acceptance: 31st of July

-Full text submission: 31st of October