ZHGK – Lecture Prof Dr Matthieu Leimgruber ||| Spaces and Scales of Swiss Social Policy in the 20th Century

Dienstag, 26. September 2017, 16:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr

The history of Swiss social policy presents several tricky challenges for scholars used to neat welfare state typologies and focusing their interest on the development of state-centered national social provision. Based on an extensive public-private welfare mix (notably in the key domains of old age and health provision) as well as on fragmented and decentralized social policy institutions and programs, the Swiss social security architecture thus often defies easy classification.
This presentation will briefly sketch key characteristics of the century-long trajectory of Swiss social policy. It will in particular focus on the spaces and scales of this trajectory, highlighting for example the importance of sub-national social institutions as well as the often overlooked importance of transnational dynamics in Swiss social policy development. The examples chosen might help us in fine to better situate Switzerland in the worlds of welfare capitalism.

MitProf Dr Matthieu Leimgruber is associate professor for modern history (19th and 20th century) at the University of Zurich since 2015. He leads the master program in social and economic history. He has published widely on the history of social security and the welfare state and is curating the website:
(English version available in the Fall of 2017).
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