Swiss Social Policy Dictionary

The NCCR LIVES furthers the publication of a new edition of the Dictionary of Swiss Social Policy with the support of the Swiss Conference of the Cantonal Directors for Social Affairs and in collaboration with the Swiss Association for Social Policy, the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, and the School of Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. This new completely revised and newly conceptualized edition aims at:

  • Creating a new reference tool in Swiss social policy for both the wider public and professionals, educators and students dealing with social policy issues
  • Providing a comprehensive and authoritative overview on new developments in Swiss social policy based on concise and accessible entries penned by recognized experts from the field and research
  • Shedding light on Switzerland’s complex federal welfare system assessing critically the turn towards activation

The NCCR LIVES KTT officer, as part of the editorial team including Jean-Michel Bonvin, Carlo Knöpfel, Valérie Hugentober, and Ueli Tecklenburg, leads the coordination and day-to-day operations for this new edition of the dictionary. The editorial team plans to publish both an electronic (E-Book) and paper version by the end of 2018.

In all, this new dictionary will include around 250 to 300 articles, each between 5000 and 8000 characters (2-2.5 pages). They will be published in German and French with a possibility for later English and Italian translations. Representatives from major Swiss institutions involved in social policy have been invited to form an advisory board. Moreover, for each of the 20 themes of the dictionary, recognized academic and professional experts have been appointed to help draft a list of entries and peer-review articles.

For further information, please do not hesitate to get in contact with:

Dr. Pascal Maeder
T. 021 692 38 32
79 362 45 17

For authorized people only: access to the dictionary’s repository