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Towards the Normative Reconstruction of the Welfare State

English title Towards the Normative Reconstruction of the Welfare State
Applicant Beckstein Martin
Number 174465
Funding scheme Return CH Advanced Postdoc.Mobility
Research institution Europainstitut der Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.10.2017 - 30.09.2018
Approved amount 66'291.00
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Discipline
Political science
Philosophy

Keywords (5)

welfare state; normative reconstruction; analytic conservatism; immanent critique; distributive justice

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Zur normativen Rekonstruktion des europäischen Wohlfahrtsstaats
Lay summary

Das Forschungsprojekt will die theoretischen und methodischen Grundlagen für eine normative Rekonstruktion des europäischen Wohlfahrtsstaats untersuchen. Es geht also darum, die wertmässigen und funktionalen Ansprüche herauszuarbeiten, die in den bereits etablierten wohlfahrtsstaatlichen Arrangements in Europa implizit verankert sind. Der dadurch gewonnene normativen Maßstab ermöglicht eine immanente Kritik der gegenwärtigen Sozialpolitik und zwar sowohl im Hinblick auf nicht realisierte - aber "selbstlegitimierte" - Optimierungspotenziale wie auch auf Versäumnisse, Erhaltungsreformen zur Verhinderung von institutioneller Verknöcherung aufgrund technologischer, demographischer oder ökonomischer Entwicklungen durchzuführen.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 29.08.2017

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Publications

Publication
Conservatism between theory and practice: The case of migration to EuropeCONSERVATISM BETWEEN THEORY AND PRACTICE
BECKSTEIN MARTIN, RAMPTON VANESSA (2018), Conservatism between theory and practice: The case of migration to EuropeCONSERVATISM BETWEEN THEORY AND PRACTICE, in European Journal of Political Research.
Eigentum verpflichtet: Joseph Radowitz und die intellektuelle Vorbereitung des Wohlfahrtsstaats
BecksteinMartin, Eigentum verpflichtet: Joseph Radowitz und die intellektuelle Vorbereitung des Wohlfahrtsstaats, in Jahrbuch für Politisches Denken.
Political Conservation, or How to Prevent Institutional Decay
BecksteinMartin, Political Conservation, or How to Prevent Institutional Decay, in Constellations.

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
161046 Traditions, Authenticity and Policy 01.11.2015 Advanced Postdoc.Mobility

Abstract

The purpose of the requested return grant is to elaborate a full-fledged research proposal for an entirely new research project until mid 2018 in order to submit highly competitive and promising applications for an ERC grant, SNSF professorship and Lichtenberg professorship. The envisioned research project itself is planned to provide a normative reconstruction of the European welfare state. It aims at eliciting the values, norms and functions that are embodied in the currently existing economic framework of European societies in order to develop a normative standard for immanent critique. On this basis, potentials for self-legitimized optimization as well as reform needs to prevent institutional decay can be identified. The envisioned research project thus differs substantially from existing scholarship, which usually articulated political desirabilities concerning the economic framework of society irrespectively of the status quo, which mostly confined itself to transcendent critique, and which disregarded the non-optimizing normative question of how institutions can be actualized in the face of changing circumstances.
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