Interview: Emanuele Ferragina

New assistant professor in sociology
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Emanuele Ferragina joined Sciences po in January 2015 as an Assistant Professor at the Observatoire sociologique du changement (OSC) and the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP).

We gave him an interview.


LIEPP: You joined Sciences Po and OSC in January 2015. Can you tell us about your main topics of interest ?

Emanuele Ferragina: My research mainly focuses on two overarching themes: the study of the welfare state from a comparative perspective and the study of social participation and social capital.
I have published articles on welfare regime typologies (analysing institutional structures and their outcomes) and on the transformation of family and labour market policy. For what concerns social participation, I have proposed a new analysis of the determinants of social capital in the European regions, and used social participation to measure poverty in the United Kingdom. All my studies are based on ‘the comparative method’, with a mixture of quantitative, historical and qualitative analyses.

LIEPP: How will your projects connect with other LIEPP researchers’ ones? In which way are you planning to use the interdisciplinarity of the laboratory?

E.F.: I have an undergraduate degree in political science, a masters’ degree in economics and a PhD in social policy (driven by a sociological approach), for this reason I feel all my academic career is based on interdisciplinarity. I am very happy to join the LIEPP and have the possibility to collaborate with economists (especially with those interested in social capital), political scientists (especially those engaged in the study of the Welfare state and European governance), and of course sociologists in my department.

LIEPP: You worked on social capital. What does this concept bring to the analysis of the European Welfare States?

E.F.: The relation between the welfare state and social capital has intrigued scholars from different disicplines. Neoclassical theorists postulated that the welfare state distorts the markets by providing excessive coverage against risks and contributes to the creation of dependence among individuals. In a similar vein, communitarians suggested that large welfare states rule out private control over the small things of life. Diverging from neoclassical and communitarian theorists, the institutionalists highlighted that welfare state policies can contribute to the creation of social capital. In this respect, universal welfare states would tend to increase social trust, while means-testing social programs would undermine social capital reproduction.
In response to this theoretical debate, an expansive body of empirical literature developed. Economists used experimental design and micro tax data to investigate whether public support to charities crowds out the propensity to donate. Sociologists, on the other hand, employed qualitative case studies or large-N comparative designs based on survey data to analyze much broader questions.
For  these reasons I think the debate on the link between the welfare state and social capital has the potential to draw the attention of scholars from every social science discipline. I have already discussed with scholars at the LIEPP about potential research collaborations on the welfare state and social capital at the crossroad between political science, sociology and economics.

LIEPP: You created a think tank with a team of Italian researchers, and often intervene in media. What is the link between research and action for you?

E.F.: I use my research to inform the public debate, through the think tank I have founded with other researchers (the Fonderia Oxford), my books for the general public (I have published two works in 2013 and 2014  that have been commented by the main Italian newspapers and political talk shows), and my newspaper articles (on il Fatto quotidiano). My vocation is to bring my empirical findings into the public arena. The nature of the political debate is often oversimplified (especially in Italy), it is our duty as academics to use our research to make a positive contribution to the debate.

 

To know more about Emanuele Ferragina's work, take a look at his online profile.

LIEPP column in Les Echos

Comment soutenir les travailleurs modestes ?
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LIEPP researchers have a column in Les Echos. This week, Nicolas Duvoux gives insights into the upcoming creation of a « prime d'activité », announced by the Council of Ministers in November. Intended for low-income workers, the « prime d'activité » will replace the present "PPE" (tax credit) and "RSA" (social security benefits).

Read his article online (in French).

Extract :

"La complexité du RSA, la méconnaissance dont il fait l'objet et la crainte de stigmatisation de l'assistanat produisent un non-recours massif qui limite fortement sa capacité à réduire la pauvreté laborieuse. De son côté, la PPE, dont le barème a été gelé, est distribuée largement, souffrant de « saupoudrage » et d'une faible réactivité. Prenant acte des faiblesses des deux dispositifs destinés à soutenir les travailleurs modestes, le rapport remis par le député Christophe Sirugue au Premier ministre Jean-Marc Ayrault, à l'été 2013, a proposé une « prime d'activité » fusionnant la PPE et le volet soutien à l'activité du RSA. [...] La création d'une « prime d'activité » pour les travailleurs dont les revenus sont inférieurs à 1,2 SMIC a enfin été annoncée au Conseil des ministres en novembre. Elle entrera en vigueur le 1er janvier 2016. Elle exclura les « ménages aisés » et ciblera l'effort redistributif sur les travailleurs modestes, en incluant les moins de 25 ans.

Cette réforme est-elle susceptible de répondre aux défis, d'une part, de la faiblesse des salaires, et, d'autre part, de l'incohérence et des échecs des politiques publiques ?"

To learn more:

 

Contribution au débat public

Refonder le système de protection sociale, Bernard Gazier, Bruno Palier et Hélène Périvier
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Bruno Palier, co-directeur du LIEPP, signait en novembre 2014 un ouvrage de contribution au débat public, avec Bernard Gazier (Université Paris-1) et Hélène Périvier (OFCE). Prenant acte des limites du système, l'ouvrage propose une nouvelle architecture pour la protection sociale en France.

Pour plus d'information sur l'ouvrage:

 

L'ouvrage sera discuté en présence des auteurs lors d'un petit déjeuner presse, jeudi 5 février 2015, 8 h 30 - 10 h, Sciences Po, Salle à manger de la Direction, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume,  75007 Paris.

Un article du Monde revient sur l'ouvrage : Pour de nouveaux droits sociaux, article de Margherita Nasi, 08.01.2015.

Commission d’évaluation de la loi pour la croissance et l’activité

Publication des notes issues des travaux de la commission
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Le Professeur Etienne Wasmer, co-directeur du LIEPP, est nommé comme membre de la commission d’évaluation de la loi pour la croissance et l’activité.

Emmanuel Macron, Ministre de l’Economie, de l’Industrie et du Numérique a demandé à Jean Pisani-Ferry et à France Stratégie de composer cette commission pour évaluer l’impact que pourraient avoir les différents volets de la loi pour la croissance et l’activité en France. La commission mettra prochainement à la disposition du public parlementaire et du grand public des notes de synthèse sur les points les plus marquants de la loi.

Cette commission, dont les membres siègent en toute indépendance, sera composée de 10 personnes et présidée par Anne Perrot, ancienne vice-présidente de l’Autorité de la concurrence.

Au sein du LIEPP, une équipe de 7 personnes s'investit dans cette mission : quatre chercheurs - Matthieu Chemin, Roberto Galbiati et Arnaud Philippe aux côtés d'Etienne Wasmer - et trois étudiants du Master Economics and Public Policy mobilisés pour l'occasion.


Pour plus de renseignements sur la commission d’évaluation de la loi pour la croissance et l’activité :
http://www.strategie.gouv.fr/presse/communiques-de-presse/installation-de-commission-devaluation-de-loi-croissance-lactivite

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Doctoral Fellowship

Call for applications
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Doctoral Fellowship at the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP)

Application deadline: 15 March 2015

 

The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) invites applications for doctoral positions. The recipients of the PhD fellowship will be formally enrolled through the doctoral programs of Sciences Po in Economics or Sociology or Political Science.

As an interdisciplinary project, LIEPP welcomes applications for doctoral positions in Economics, Sociology or Political Science, as long as the thesis projects are linked to the LIEPP’s research agenda on Public Policy Evaluation. We invite applications from a wide range of fields, including, inter alia, educational policies, fiscal policies, employment policies, social policies, housing & urban policies, higher education, public health policies or the public perceptions of policies.


Eligibility
: We are seeking strong candidates open to interdisciplinary dialogue. The candidate will hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) with a strong research component and have received at least some training in one or more of these disciplines: sociology, economics, political science. S/he must have good command of quantitative and/or qualitative methods. There is no nationality requirement, however a firm command of English is required.

Fellowship amount : € 1777 / month (gross salary, about 1,300€ net); 3-year contract starting on October 2015.

Application Procedure :

  • a CV/resume ;
  • a transcript of records ;
  • a cover letter in English, briefly describing your intellectual trajectory so far and your interest with the LIEPP’s project (2 pages maximum) ;
  • a thesis project in English (7,500 words maximum) ;
  • an abstract summarizing the thesis project (250 words maximum) ;
  • a writing sample (article, thesis, term paper, ...) ;
  • if possible, we strongly encourage you to obtain one or two letters of recommendation.

Please email the complete file to liepp@sciencespo.fr by the deadline of 15 March 2015 (write “LIEPP PhD positions 2015” in the subject line). Incomplete files will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview.

Please also note that successful candidates will need to apply for admission through the online procedure of the Doctoral School of Sciences Po. All the details will be forwarded to the selected candidates as soon as the decision will be given.


Find the whole call for application in the attached document:

- Call for applications (pdf)

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