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Portrait Jan Mewes. Photo.

Jan Mewes

Associate professor

Portrait Jan Mewes. Photo.

Die Produktion sozialer Sicherheit Beschäftigungssicherheit, Einkommenssicherung und gesundheitliche Versorgung in ländervergleichender Perspektive

The production of social security. Employment security, income maintenance, and health provision in cross-national perspective


  • Steffen Mau
  • Jan Mewes
  • Nadine M. Schöneck

Summary, in English

In the current public discourse the phenomenon of insecurity is widely discussed since various kinds of social risks are becoming more widespread throughout European societies threatening biographical stability and status security. Given this there is a quest for a realignment of statEinterventions aiming at the (re-)production of stability and security. It is assumed that institutional arrangements and interventions such as employment protection, income maintenance schemes and healthcare provision not only contribute to objective but also to subjective security. Using data from the European Social Survey 2008 for the labor forcEin 20 European nations, we test this assumption by scrutinizing three kinds of perceived social risks: the risk of job loss, the risk of lack of monetary means and the risk of insufficient healthcare provision. We take on a cross-national perspective and conduct ordinal multi-level regression analyses in order to measure the extent to which different levels of social policy interventions can be accounted for differences in subjectivEinsecurity. We find that a high degree of employment protection- astonishingly-does not enhance the perceived employment security significantly, whereas higher levels of social security spending and healthcare expenditurEindeed go along with higher levels of subjective security. This relationship is moderated by the general level of economic development.

Publishing year







Berliner Journal fur Soziologie





Document type

Journal article


VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften


  • Sociology


  • Employment
  • Health
  • Income
  • Social security
  • Subjective security
  • SubjectivEinsecurity




  • ISSN: 0863-1808