Social equity in Europe

posted Feb 8, 2020, 6:08 AM by Eva Thomann   [ updated Feb 9, 2020, 7:04 AM ]
As Richard E. Matland has famously put it, it is rarely possible to separate politics from administration. Indeed, bureaucratic discretion, while inevitable, has broader implications for societal outcomes and social equity. My ongoing research deals with the issue of bureaucratic discrimination of clients and citizens particularly in a European context, characterized by a diversity of cultures, nationalities, and languages, as well as free movement within the European Union. Beyond just describing the discrimination of certain target groups in policy implementation (e.g. in the contexts of Swiss welfare policy or freedom of movement in the European Union), my coauthors and I seek to understand what can be done to tackle bureaucratic discrimination through diverse policy and organizational interventions. I am part of an international team of researchers pursuing a project called "Overcoming Bureaucratic Discrimination Against Mobile EU Citizens" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation through a NCCR seed money grant.

Current projects
Adam, C., James, O., Manatschal, A., Rapp, C. and E. Thomann. Bureaucratic Discrimination against Mobile EU citizens. In progress.
Deruelle, T., Thomann, E. and O. James. Interventions on frontline discrimination: a review of behavioural research. In progress.

Related publications
Thomann, E. and C. Rapp. 2018. Who Deserves Solidarity? Unequal Treatment of Immigrants in Swiss Welfare Policy Delivery. Policy Studies Journal 46(3): 531-552