Bruno Palier

CNRS Research Director

Bruno Palier is CNRS Research Director at Sciences Po, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics. Trained in social science, he has a PHD in Political science, and is a former student of Ecole Normale Superieure. He co-directed then directed the LIEPP (Laboratory for interdisciplinary Evaluaiton of Public Policies) between October 2014 and July 2020. He works on the comparative political economy of welfare state reforms. He is currently co-leading a project on the world politics of social Investment and another one on Growth and Welfare in Global Capitalism.

He was Guest Professor at the University of Stockholm (Spring 2009 and 2010), Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University (Spring quarter 2007), at Center for European Studies from Harvard University in 2001 and Jean Monnet Fellow in the European University Institute in Florence in 1998-1999. He is Member of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Executive Council.

Between 2007 and 2011, he was the scientific coordinator of an European Network of excellence RECWOWE (Reconciling Work and Welfare, involving 30 European research institutions or Universities, 190 researchers from 19 European countries). In Sciences po, he is the director of a joint programme Sciences Po Northwestern University : “Health Policy in Europe ». Between 1994 and 1998, he has organised for the French Ministry of Social Affairs a programme called “Comparing Wlefare systems in Europe”. Between 1999 and 2005, he launched and took part of the management of an European Cost programme (Cost A15) : « reforming social protection systems in Europe ».

He has published numerous articles on welfare reforms in France and in Europe in Global Social Policy, Governance, Journal of European Social Policy, New Political Economy, Politics and Society, Socio-Economic Review, West European Politics, Social Policy and administration, Social Politics and various books. In 2018, he co-edited Welfare Democracies and Party Politics with Philip Manow and Hanna Schwander, Oxford University Press. In 2012, he co-edited The Age of Dualization: The Changing Face of Inequality in Deindustrializing Societies. (with Emmenegger, Patrick, Häusermann, Silja, and Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin), Oxford University Press, and Towards a social investment welfare state? Ideas, Policies and Challenges, (with Morel, Nathalie and Palme, Joakim), Bristol: Policy Press. In 2010, he edited A long Good Bye to Bismarck? The Politics of Welfare Reforms in Continental Europe, Amsterdam university Press, in 2007, he co-edited a special issue of Social Policy and Administration, on “Comparing welfare  reforms in Continental Europe”, in 2006, Changing France, Co-edited with Pepper Culpepper et Peter Hall, Palgrave ; 2010, La réforme des systèmes de santé, Paris, PUF, Collection Que sais-je ? (5th edition) ; 2010, La réforme des retraites, Paris PUF, Collection Que sais-je ? (3rd edition) ; 2002, Gouverner la Sécurité sociale, Paris, PUF, coll . le lien social (second upadated edition in 2005) ; 2001, Globalization and European Welfare states : challenges and changes, co-edited with Rob S. Sykes and Pauline Prior, London : Palgrave.

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Research Topics

Welfare system ; Public policies ; European Union

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