Emanuele Ferragina

Associate Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po
  • Emanuele Ferragina (OSC)Emanuele Ferragina (OSC)

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

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Emanuele Ferragina is Associate Professor at Sciences Po. He is affiliated with the OSC and the LIEPP, since January 2015.
He is also Associate Member of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford.
Habilitation Thesis (HDR) « Comprendre l’évolution des régimes d’Etat‑providence » (defence 27th of March 2017, dir. Olivier GODECHOT. Committee: Fran BENNETT, Bernhard EBBINGHAUS, Olivier GIRAUD, Colin HAY, Serge PAUGAM).

Research topics

Emanuele’s research interests lie at the crossroad between social structural arrangements and everyday lives.
His work has mainly focus on two big themes:

  • Comparative Social Policy
    • Welfare regime theory
    • the use of comparative method
    • family and labour market policies
  • The Determinants of Social Participation and Social Capital
    • the socio-economic and historical factors affecting social capital in European regions
    • the relation between social capital and inequality
    • the determinants of participation in the United Kingdom
    • the amoral familism theory

Latest publications


  • 2020 (with M. Safi (coord.), P. Coulangeon, O. Godechot, E. Helmeid, S. Pauly, E. Recchi, N. Sauger, J. Schradie), "When life revolves around the home: Work and sociability during the lockdown", Coping with Covid-19, Social distancing, cohesion and inequality in 2020 France, Policy brief n° 3, 22 May.
    [French version] « La vie entre quatre murs : travail et sociabilité en temps de confinement », Faire face au Covid-19. Distanciation sociale, cohésion et inégalité dans la France de 2020, Policy brief n° 3, 22 mai.
  • 2020 (coord.) (with C. Barone, E. Helmeid, S. Pauly, E. Recchi, M. Safi, N. Sauger, J. Schradie), "In the eye of the hurricane. French society a month into the lockdown", Coping with Covid-19, Social distancing, cohesion and inequality in 2020 France, Policy brief n° 2, 4 May.
    [French version] « Dans l'oeil du cyclone. La société française après un mois de confinement », Faire face au Covid-19. Distanciation sociale, cohésion et inégalité dans la France de 2020, Policy brief n° 2, 4 mai.
  • 2020 (with E. Recchi (coord.), E. Helmeid, S. Pauly, M. Safi, N. Sauger, J. Schradie), "Lockdown for All, Hardship for Some. Insights from the First Wave of the CoCo Project", Coping with Covid-19, Social distancing, cohesion and inequality in 2020 France, Policy brief n° 1, 20 April.
    [French version] « Confinement pour tous, épreuve pour certains Les résultats de la première vague d'enquête du projet CoCo », Faire face au Covid-19. Distanciation sociale, cohésion et inégalité dans la France de 2020, Policy brief n° 1, 20 avril.
  • 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, Early view, 24 February. Wiley Online Library
  • 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. 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.  SAGE Journals link
  • 2018 « L'essor paradoxal des politiques familiales », L'Année sociologique, vol. 68, n° 2018/2, p. 423-454. En ligne 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.  SAGE Journals link 
  • 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. SAGE Journals link
  • 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. Cambridge University Press Link
  • 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. SAGE Journals link
  • 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. PaCo - Online
  • 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 Alessandro Arrigoni), “L’Europa della Maggioranza Invisibile”, Micromega 7/2015, p. 102-114.  
  • 2015 (with Francesco Grisolia), "Social Innovation on the Rise: yet another buzzword in time of austerity?", Salute e Società, vol. 1, p. 169-179. 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. Cambridge University Press Link
  • 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. Oxford Academic Link


  • 2018 (with Alessandro Arrigoni), "Are young people outsiders and does it matter ?", In: Jacqueline O'Reilly, Mark Smith, Tiziana Nazio, Clémentine Moyart (ed.), Youth employment (STYLE Handbook), p. 30-32.
  • 2016, "The social capital of European regions", In: Hans Westlund and Johan P. Larsson (ed.), Handbook of Social Capital and Regional Development, Edward Elgar, p. 257-295.  
  • 2016, "Social Capital", In: John Stone et al., The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism, 1st ed. 


Editorial Boards

Besides academia

Friuli Progetto Future Forum 2016 (1-5 February, Udine), "Scenari Di Ricostruzione Economica", scientific coordinator & speaker.

Emanuele Ferragina has established (with a group of Italian researchers) the think tank Fonderia Oxford, which has the objective of raising public awareness about important societal issues, such as the rigidity of the Italian labour market, the lack of social cohesion in the Mezzogiorno, and the Italian brain drain.

He also regularly writes for Il FattoQuotidiano about equality, labour market issues, party politics, the welfare state and lower league football. His research has attracted the attention of the Italian media and his work has been discussed in TV, Radio programs, and by the main Italian newspapers.

His books Chi Troppo, Chi Niente (trans. Who gets too much, who gets nothing, 2013) and La Maggioranza Invisibile (trans. The Invisible Majority, 2014) are national best sellers.

Article mis à jour le 23-05-2020
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