Since the late 19th century the field of social insurance/social security has been the object of intense national and international discussions as well the target of several organizations and associations that organize themselves specifically to shape and influence its trajectory. The research module Transnational social security experts, networks, and organizations, 1920-2000 aims at studying social security as a field of expertise and policy between the middle and the end of the 20th century. We investigate specifically how individual actors and experts produce knowledge on that matter in various institutional settings and how they eventually enforce new policies or standards in this domain.

Research projects

A1 – Social insurance universalism: The International Congress of Actuaries and the International Social Security Association, 1945-2000 (Milena Guthörl, Martin Lengwiler)

A2 – European social security actors during the Cold War: how West meets East, 1945-1973 (Sandrine Kott)

A3 – Postwar «social Europe» and its experts’ networks, 1960-1980 (Matthieu Leimgruber)

A4 – In between politics and academia? Social scientists in Germany and the United States during the interwar period (Roberto Sala)