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Sebastian Sirén


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Arbetar vid Institutet för social forskning
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Besöksadress Universitetsvägen 10 F
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Postadress Institutet för social forskning 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

Jag är doktorand i sociologi vid Institutet för social forskning (SOFI), med en magisterexamen i statsvetenskap från Uppsala Universitet. Tillsammans med en forskargrupp vid institutets socialpolitiska avdelning deltar jag i det kontinuerliga arbetet med att bygga upp Social Policy Indicator Database (SPIN), en komparativ och longitudinell databas över socialpolitiska institutioner i olika länder. Jag har särkilt arbetat med utvecklingen av databasens familjepolitiska indikatorer, rörande rättigheter kopplade till föräldrapenning och barnomsorg, på senare tid inom ramen för det europeiska nätverket "InGRID-2: Integrating Research Infrastructure for European expertise on Inclusive Growth from data to policy". Jag är också affilierad med Stockholm University Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE). Ordförande för Arbetarrörelsen forskarnätverk.


Komparativ sociologi: makt, klass och genus i välfärdsstaten (specialkurs Sociologi I & II)


Med mitt avahdlingsprojekt vill jag bredda perpektivet för jämförande socialpolitisk forskning bortom den lilla grupp industrialiserade länder som har utgort underlag för de allra flesta tidigare studier på området. Syftet är att studera de socialpolitiska institutionernas drivkrafter och kensekvenser i en utvecklingskontext. Den första studien utforskar drivkrafterna bakom staters skiftande sociala utgifer i ett globalt urval av demokratiska utvecklingsländer, med särskilt fokus på de politiska partiernas roll. Senare studier kommer att närmare studera konsekvenserna av socialpolitikens utformning i en utvecklingskontext.


I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
  • 2020. Sebastian Sirén (et al.). The Palgrave Handbook of Family Policy, 627-655

    This chapter argues for the importance of developing theoretically grounded family policy indicators, with emphasis on childcare/ECEC indicators. The chapter critically introduces the conceptual frameworks underpinning the most prevalent currents in comparative research, and then presents the most prominent empirical approaches utilized in existing studies. Next, it maps the availability of comparative data on the most widely used indicators and discusses the main sources from which this data originates. The final section concludes by pointing toward some challenges for the current research agenda, along with some tentative solutions. In particular, we argue for the need to engage in a research agenda that integrates family policies, including social care services, as essential components of social citizenship.

  • 2020. Sebastian Sirén. Governance. An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions

    The evolution of public social expenditures displays divergent patterns across non-western countries. This exploratory article argues that in order to understand the domestic sources of this divergence, institutional and structural explanations should be complemented with an actor-oriented perspective. Analyses of the role of party politics in non-OECD democracies, through multivariate fixed-effect regressions using data from 46 countries between 1995 and 2015, reveals a robust positive association between shifts towards Left party government and increases in total public social expenditures, also when controlling for structural and institutional factors. This association however seems potentially conditional on sufficient levels of economic growth. While indicating an impact of partisanship, further research is arguably needed regarding the origins, organization and policy outputs of parties in more recently democratized countries, as well as regarding the conditions under which the ideological orientation of parties in government are actually consequential.

  • 2019. Sebastian Sirén.
  • 2017. Laure Doctrinal (et al.).

    This InGRID deliverable is part of Work Package 22 on ‘Innovative solutions for comparative policy indicators and analysis'. The purpose is to provide an inventory of core social policy databases and indicators for comparative research. We map 26 databases and infrastructures that fruitfully can be used in comparative research to analyse the causes and consequences of social policy. Each database is compared according to a set of characteristics, including type of data (expenditures, institutional indicators, beneficiary statistics, socio-economic/income surveys, microsimulation), policy areas included (cash benefits: family benefits, unemployment benefits, sickness benefits, pensions, work-accidents, social assistance, and disability/invalidity/survivors benefits; publicservices: child care, health care, elder care, and active labour market policy), countries and years covered, as well as interval for updating of data. Nearly all databases specialise on distinct parts of social policy, and data on cash benefits are some what more frequent than data on public services, particularly when institutional indicators are in focus. Compared with data on social expenditures and beneficiaries, institutional indicators are based on social policy legislation and thus independent of changes in social needs and population characteristics.

  • 2015. Laure Doctrinal, Kenneth Nelson, Sebastian Sirén.

    In this InGRID deliverable we develop a new approach to the measurement of income replacement in out-of-work benefits. We present the Out-of-Work Benefits (OUTWB) dataset, which is part of the SPIN database at the Swedish institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University. The OUTWB dataset includes new synthesise d measures on overall net replacement rates and progres-siveness of income replacement in out-of-work benefits. Our synthesised measures of income replacement are based on data from the OECD Benefits and Wages project

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Senast uppdaterad: 9 februari 2021

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