Emanuele Ferragina

Full Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po
  • Emanuele Ferragina (CRIS)Emanuele Ferragina (CRIS)

contact: emanuele.ferragina(at)sciencespo.fr
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 49 54 56 - office: B.215

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Emanuele Ferragina (HDR) is Full Professor of Sociology and member of the CRIS and LIEPP. Prior to joining Sciences Po in January 2015 he was a lecturer at University of Oxford, where he also obtained his doctorate. His fields of interest include international political economy, comparative social policy, labour market and family policy, the political economy of care and social reproduction, and the political economy of Italy.

Currently his research is focused on two broad topics. A first stream of research relates to the development of the ‘rising invisible majority’ concept and the liberalization of European labour markets. This work explores the connection between international political economy and the changing composition of European (and Italian) society, and illustrates how labour market and welfare state dynamics are key institutional channels that mediate this association in different countries. A second stream of research investigates how family policy expansion is related to the political economy of welfare state retrenchment, social reproduction and female employment/wages.

His contribution to the public debate has taken various forms. He was one of the founding members of the Think Tank Fonderia Oxford. He has published several articles in national newspapers and academic blogs, and popularized his research by participating to several talk shows in Italy and France. He published also two books for the general public. The first, Chi Troppo, Chi Niente (trans. Who Gets Too Much, Who Gets Nothing) argued that a stronger redistributive process is the best way to make Italy more efficient, and was awarded the Medal of the Italian Parliament. The second volume, La Maggioranza Invisible (trans. The Invisible Majority), discussed the transformations of Italian society and the rise of a majoritarian social group unheard from within politics and underrepresented at the institutional level.

He is also Associate Member of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford.

Directions de thèses - PhD Students

  • Andrew ZolaWelfare Attitudes and Common Sense through Crises: The Sociological Basis of the Political Economy

Emanuele Ferragina welcomes perspective students willing to propose projects related to his research interests

main publications


  • 2014, La Maggioranza Invisibile, BUR/Rizzoli.
  • 2013, Chi Troppo, Chi Niente, BUR/Rizzoli.
  • 2012, Social Capital in Europe: A Comparative Regional Analysis, Edward Elgar.


  • 2024 (avec Federico Filetti), « Protection du marché du travail dans l’espace et dans le temps. Une typologie et une taxonomie des trajectoires de changement dans les pays de l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE) », Revue des politiques sociales et familiales, 2024/2, n°151, p. 39-58. En ligne sur CAIRN
  • 2024 (with Alessandro Arrigoni), "I «lunghi anni Ottanta» come fase di transizione dell’economia politica italiana", Rivista italiana di storia internazionale, n° 1/2024, p. 29-48. Abstract
  • 2024 (with Alessandro Arrigoni), "The social and political bases of political economy: interpreting and periodising Italian developments since WWII", New Political Economy, Published Online April 25th. Available on Taylor & Francis Online
  • 2024, "The ‘two lives’ of Esping-Andersen and the revival of a research programme: Gender equality, employment and redistribution in contemporary social policy", Social Policy & Administration, Early View, 23rd March. Open Access on Wiley Online Library 
  • 2023 (with Andrew Zola, Marta Pasqualini & Ettore Recchi), "Understanding public attitudes during Covid-19 in France with Polanyi and Gramsci: a political economy of an epidemiological and economic disaster", Comparative European Politics, Published 20 November. Available on Springer Link
  • 2023 (with Edoardo Magalini), "Maternal Employment and Childcare Use from an Intersectional Perspective: Stratification along Class, Contractual and Gender Lines in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK", Social Politics, vol. 30, n° 3, p. 871-902. Available on Oxford Academic
  • 2022 (with Christopher Deeming), "Comparative mainstreaming? Mapping the uses of the comparative method in social policy, sociology and political science since the 1970s", Journal of European Social Policy, First Published, October 25. Paper available on Sage Journals [also in Post print version]
  • 2022 (with Marta Pasqualini, Marta Dominguez Folgueras, Ettore Recchi, Olivier Godechot & Mirna Safi), "Who took care of what? The gender division of unpaid work during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in France", Demographic Research, vol. 46, art. 34, p. 1007-1036. Open access paper
  • 2022 (with Alessandro Arrigoni & Thees Spreckelsen), "The Rising Invisible Majority: Bringing Society back into International Political Economy", Review of International Political Economy, vol. 29, n° 1, p. 114-151.  Paper available on Taylor & Francis Online
  • 2022, "Welfare state change as a double movement: Four decades of retrenchment and expansion in compensatory and employment-oriented policies across 21 high-income countries", Social Policy & Administration, vol. 56, n° 5, p. 705-725. Paper available on Wiley Online Library
  • 2022 (with Federico Danilo Filetti), "Labour market protection across space and time: A revised typology and a taxonomy of countries’ trajectories of change", Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 32, n° 2, p. 148-165. Paper available online on Sage Journals
  • 2022 (with Zachary Parolin), "Care earnings in the United States and 24 European countries: The role of social policy and labour market institutions", Social Policy & Administration, vol. 56, n° 1, p. 118-137. Available on Wiley Online Library
  • 2022 (with Andrew Zola), "The End of Austerity as Common Sense?: An Experimental Analysis of Public Opinion Shifts and Class Dynamics During the Covid-19 Crisis", New Political Economy, vol. 27, n° 2, p. 329-346. Available on Taylor & Francis Online
  • 2021 (with Alessandro Arrigoni), "Selective Neoliberalism: How Italy Went from Dualization to Liberalisation in Labour Market and Pension Reforms", New Political Economy, vol. 26, n° 6, p. 964-984. Paper available on Taylor & Francis
  • 2021 (with Zachary Van Winkle and Ettore Recchi), "The Unexpected Decline in Feelings of Depression among Adults Ages 50 and Older in 11 European Countries amid the COVID-19 Pandemic", Socius, vol. 7, First Published 10 August.Available in Open Access on Sage Journals
  • 2021 (with Ettore Recchi), "Leggere la società attraverso il welfare: la lezione di Achille Ardigò", Autonomie locali e servizi sociali, Quadrimestrale di studi e ricerche sul welfare, 1/2021, pp. 79-86. Available on Rivisteweb
  • 2020, "Family policy and women's employment outcomes in 45 high‐income countries: A systematic qualitative review of 238 comparative and national studies", Social Policy & Administration, vol. 54, n° 7, p. 1016-1066. See the paper on Wiley Online Library
  • 2020 (with Ettore Recchi, Emily Helmeid, Stefan Pauly, Mirna Safi, Nicolas Sauger & Jen Schradie), "The 'Eye of the Hurricane' Paradox: An Unexpected and Unequal Rise of Well-Being During the Covid-19 Lockdown in France", Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, vol. 68, 100508. Paper available on Science Direct
  • 2019, "The political economy of family policy expansion: Fostering neoliberal capitalism or promoting gender equality supporting social reproduction?", Review of International Political Economy, vol. 26, n° 6, p. 1238-1265. Paper available on Taylor & Francis Online 
  • 2019, "Does Family Policy Influence Women’s Employment?: Reviewing the Evidence in the Field", Political Studies Review, vol. 17, n° 1, p. 65-80, published online November 10, 2017.  Paper available on SAGE Journals
  • 2018 « L'essor paradoxal des politiques familiales », L'Année sociologique, vol. 68, n° 2018/2, p. 423-454. Article consultable sur Cairn
  • 2018 (with Mary Daly), "Family policy in high-income countries: Five decades of development", Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 28, n° 3, p. 255-270, published online December 21, 2017.  Paper available on SAGE Journals
  • 2017, "The welfare state and social capital in Europe: Reassessing a complex relationship", International Journal of Comparative Sociology (IJCS), vol. 58, n° 1, p. 55-90. Paper available on SAGE Journals 
  • 2017 (with Mark Tomlinson and Robert Walker), "Poverty and Participation in Twenty-First Century Multicultural Britain", Social Policy & Society, vol. 16, n° 4, p. 535-559, published online September 27, 2016. Paper available on Cambridge University Press
  • 2017 (with Alessandro Arrigoni), "The Rise and Fall of Social Capital: Requiem for a Theory?", Political Studies Review, vol. 15, n° 3, p. 355-367, published online April 19, 2016. Paper available on SAGE Journals
  • 2016 (with Joseph Feyertag and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser), "Outsiderness and Participation in Liberal and Coodinated Market Economies", PArtecipazione e COnflitto, The Open Journal of Sociological Studies, vol. 9, n° 3, p. 986-1014.
  • 2016, « Comprendre le développement de la politique familiale dans les pays riches de l'OCDE », Informations sociales, n° 193, janvier - mars, p. 24-33.
  • 2015 (with Francesco Grisolia), "Social Innovation on the Rise: yet another buzzword in time of austerity?", Salute e Società, vol. 1, p. 169-179. Paper online on Franco Angeli Edizioni   
  • 2015 (with Martin Seeleib-Kaiser and Thees Spreckelsen), "The Four Worlds of ‘Welfare Reality’ – Social Risks and Outcomes in Europe", Social Policy and Society, vol. 14, n° 2, p. 287-307, published online December 30, 2014. Paper online on Cambridge University Press 
  • 2015 (with Martin Seeleib-Kaiser), "Determinants of a Silent (R)evolution: Understanding the Expansion of Family Policy in Rich OECD Countries", Social Politics, vol. 22, n ° 1, p. 1-37, published online December 12, 2014. Paper online on Oxford Academic
  • 2013 (with Martin Seeleib-Kaiser and Mark Tomlinson), “Unemployment Protection and Family Policy at the turn of the 21st Century: A Dynamic Approach to Welfare Regime Theory”, Social Policy & Administration, vol. 47, n° 6, p. 783-805. Paper available on SPIRE HAL
  • 2013, “The Socio-Economic Determinants of Social Capital and the Mediating Effect of History. Making Democracy Work Revisited”, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, vol. 54, p. 48-73. Paper available on SPIRE HAL
  • 2011 (with Martin Seeleib-Kaiser), “Welfare Regime Debate: Past Present, Futures”, Policy & Politics, vol. 39, p. 583-611. Paper available on SPIRE HAL
  • 2011, "Confrontandosi con il fantasma di Banfield: una verifica empirica della teoria del familismo amorale", Stato e Marcato, vol. 31, pp. 283-312. Paper available on SPIRE HAL
  • 2010, “Social Capital and Equality: Tocqueville's legacy”, The Tocqueville Review, Vol. XXXI, pp. 73-98. Paper available on SPIRE HAL
  • 2009, “Le Teorie che Non Muoiono mai sono Quelle che Confermano le nostre Ipotesi di Base: Cinquant’Anni di Familismo Amorale”, Meridiana, vol. 65, pp. 265-287. Paper available on SPIRE HAL
  • 2009, “The Never-Ending debate about The Moral Basis of a Backward Society: Banfield and Amoral Familism”, Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, Vol. 2, pp. 141-160. Paper available on SPIRE HAL

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