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Chiara Saraceno (Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Social Science Research Center Berlin WZB) Chiara Saraceno is currently honorary fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto. She was Professor of Sociology at the University of Turin until 2006 and until 2011 Research professor at the WZB , where she is still visiting researcher. Her research interests include intergenerational relationships in families and society, social policies and poverty, comparative family patterns and policies, gender inequalities, issues of reconciliation of family and work. Among her recent publications are: Conciliare famiglia e lavoro (with Manuela Naldini, 2011), Families, ageing and social policies (ed., 2008) and, Families and family policies (edited with Jane Lewis and Arnlaug Leira, 2012).

Peter A. Hall (Harvard University, Cambridge) is Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, a Faculty Associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and Co-Director of the Program on Successful Societies for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He has written widely on European politics, public policy-making, and comparative political economy. He is currently working on the methodology of political science, the political response to economic challenges in postwar Europe, and the impact of social institutions on inequalities in health. Hall is co-editor of Successful Societies: How Institutions and Culture Affect Health (edited with Michèle Lamont, 2009), Changing France: The Politics that Markets Make (edited with Pepper de Culpepper and Bruno Palier, 2006), Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage (edited with David Soskice, 2001), The Political Power of Economic Ideas: Keynesianism across Nations, Developments in French Politics I and II (with Alain Guyomarch, Jack Hayward and Howard Machin, 1989, 1990 and 2001,) and the author of Governing the Economy: The Politics of State Intervention in Britain and France (1986). His most recent book is Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era with Michèle Lamont, published in 2013.

Ann Orloff (Northwestern University, Evanston) is Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Board of Lady Managers of the Columbian Exposition Chair at Northwestern University. Orloff’s areas of interest include political sociology, social policy, sociology of gender, historical and comparative sociology, and social and feminist theory. Her research focuses on gendered social policies and feminist politics in the developed world. Orloff is, most recently, the co-editor of Remaking Modernity: Politics, History and Sociology (with Julia Adams and Elisabeth Clemens; Duke, 2005) and the author of States, Markets, Families: Gender, Liberalism and Social Policy in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the United States (with Julia O’Connor and Sheila Shaver; Cambridge, 1999). She is at work on a manuscript, Farewell to Maternalism? State Policies, Feminist Politics and Mothers’ Employment, that examines shifts in the gendered logics of welfare and employment policies in the U.S. and other capitalist democracies and the implications of those shifts for feminism. At Northwestern, in addition to Gender Studies, she works with the cluster in Historical and Comparative Social Science.

Bruno Palier (Sciences Po, Paris) is Research Professor at the Centre d’etudes européenes at Sciences Po in Paris. His research interests include welfare state reforms, from both French and comparative perspective, Social Policy, Public policy analysis, European Union, and Europeanisation. His recent publications include The age of dualization, the changing face of inequality in deindustrializing societies (2011, edited with Patrick Emmenegger, Silja Hausermann and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser); Towards a social investment welfare state? Ideas, policies and challenges (2011, edited with Nathalie Morel and Joakim Palme) and A long Good Bye to Bismarck? The Politics of Welfare reform in Continental Europe (2010).

Kimberly Morgan (George Washington University, Washington DC) is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University. Kimberly Morgan’s research focuses on comparative public policy in advanced industrialized countries, with particular interests in family policies, immigration, health care, and taxation. She is the author of Working Mothers and the Welfare State: Religion and the Politics of Work-Family Policies in Western Europe and the United States (Stanford University Press 2006) and, with Andrea Louise Campbell, The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of American Social Policy (Oxford University Press 2011).  She is also a co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy.

Joakim Palme (Uppsala University) is professor at the Department of Government where he also is one of the founding fellows of the Uppsala Centre for Labour Studies (UCLS). He has a background in sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University, where has been engaged in comparative welfare state research since 1980. He chaired the Swedish Welfare Commission 1999-2001 and headed the Institute for Futures Studies from 2002 to 2011. His current research interests include the study of the tension between population change and public policy, global economic crisis, institutions and inequality and, the European social model. He has recently co-edited Towards a Social Investment Welfare State? Ideas Policies and challenges (with Nathalie Morel, Bruno Palier and Joakim Palme, 2012).