Social Structure, Social Security, and the Social Position of the Public Service Sector: European Models and National Case Studies

Research question/goal: 

The research project investigates the social category of the public employees under three perspectives: internal social structure, social security and socio-economic position. International comparisons for the countries of the European Union are combined with detailed national case studies. A core question of the project concerns the effects for the socio-economic position of public employees resulting from job reduction in the public sector and adaptation in the social security regulations for public employees that derive from increasing state expenditures and a growing pension load.

Fact sheet

Thyssen Stiftung
2001 to 2005
Data Sources: 
Official statistics, legislative sources, social surveys
Geographic Space: 
European Union (for comparison); Germany, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland (for case studies)



Ballendowitsch, Jens (2005): Der öffentliche Dienst in den Niederlanden und der Schweiz: Sozialstruktur und soziale Sicherung im Wandel. Göttingen: Cuvillier Verlag. more