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Welcome to the Social Policy Indicators (SPIN) database

The Social Policy Indicators (SPIN) database provides the foundations for new comparative and longitudinal research on causes and consequences of welfare states. Building on T.H. Marshall’s ideas about social citizenship, SPIN makes available comparative data on social rights and duties of citizens, thereby moving research beyond analyses of welfare state expenditures. The SPIN database is instead oriented towards analyses of institutions as manifested in social policy legislation. Data are carefully collected in a coherent and consistent methodological manner to facilitate quantitative research of social policy across time and space. To date, SPIN covers 34 countries, of which several have data on core social policy programs from 1930 to 2013.


Recent publications

Arlotti, M. & Sabatinelli, S. (2017). Assessing income support where no national minimum income scheme exists. Is it possible to apply the model family method to the Italian case? International Review of Sociology, 27:1, 142-159.


Birnbaum, S., Ferrarini, T., Nelson, K. & Palme, J. (2017). The Generational Welfare Contract: Justice, Institutions and Outcomes. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.


Swedish Institute for Social Research