Dr Enrico Reuter

Dipl.-Soz.wiss. (Muenster), Diploma Sciences Po (Lille), PGCAP (York), PhD (Muenster)

  • Programme Director - Online MA in Public Policy and Management
  • Lecturer in Public and Social Policy


Areas of expertise

  • Politics of social policy
  • Public service reform
  • Social exclusion and vulnerability
  • Critical social theory
  • French politics and public policy


I have worked at the University of York since 2010, teaching postgraduate students on our online programmes in Public Policy and Management, with a particular focus on social policy, public management and policy analysis.

My research interests, drawing on critical social theory, evolve around the conflictual nature of social policies and public services, to analyse the political drivers behind the transformations of welfare systems and to assess how these changes impact on social integration and democratic government.

Before joining the University of York, I worked on a temporary contract as Lecturer and Programme Director in Public Policy and Management at Birkbeck College London (where I continue to work as Associate Lecturer), after having spent 18 months as Visiting Scholar in the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York to undertake research for my doctoral thesis on social policies against poverty and exclusion in France and the United Kingdom.

My academic background is in Political Science and Sociology, subjects I studied on a bi-national programme at the Institut d'Etudes politiques in Lille (France) and at the University of Muenster (Germany).

PhD supervision interests

  • social exclusion, poverty and vulnerability
  • public service and welfare reform
  • politics of social policy
  • British, French and German public policy and politics
  • European social policy
  • comparative social and public policy
  • qualitative methods

Professional activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of the Social Policy Association (SPA)
  • Member of the Political Studies Association (PSA)
  • Member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA)


Research and publications

Current research interests and projects

  • Self-employment and vulnerability: Transforming social protection systems (with Kevin Caraher) - International Development Network research project
  • The politics of public service reform: The role of power relations, interests and governmentality in transforming the public sector
  • Social policies against exclusion in France: The French left and ambiguities of social protection systems

Recent publications

​Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (2017): 'Vulnerability of the 'Entrepreneurial Self': Analysing the Interplay between Labour Markets and Social Policy', Social Policy and Society, available on first view online.

Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (2015). Work, vulnerability and social policy: Towards an analysis of Ecuadorian social policies since 2007. Presentation at the ESPAnet Annual Conference, Odense.

Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (2015). Work, vulnerability and social policy: Developing an actionable analytical framework. Paper presented at the Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Belfast.

Reuter, E. (2014). Politics of Public Service Reforms and their Legacy: The Role of Power, Coalitions and Ideas. Paper presented at the International Political Science Association World Congress, Montreal.

Reuter, E. (2014). Armuts- und Integrationspolitik im aktivierenden Sozialstaat, Frankreich und Grossbritannien im Vergleich. PhD thesis, Graduate School of Politics at the University of Muenster. Available at http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-71309404839

Reuter, E. (2014). In our Out: Political Strategies of the radical left in France and Europe. Paper presented at the Political Studies Association annual conference, Manchester. Available at http://www.psa.ac.uk/sites/default/files/conference/papers/2014/Radical%20left%20in%20France_E%20Reuter_PSA%20conference%202014_0.pdf

Reuter, E. (2013). Analysing the ambivalences of social policy: Sociological perspectives on the social impact of welfare state interventions. Presentation at the British Sociological Association annual conference, London.

Reuter, E. (2012). Idées et politiques sociales contre l’exclusion en Grande-Bretagne et en France. In: S. Martens & J.P. Révauger, eds. Vers un modèle social européen?, Bordeaux: Presses Universitaires, pp. 285-303.

Reuter, E. (2012). Les politiques sociales contre l’inégalité: Des limitations et contradictions de l’action publique. Paper presented at the Sciences Po Paris Colloque ‘Les frontières des inégalités’, Paris.

Reuter, E. (2011). Policy-making and social relations: Arguments for a sociological perspective on policy analysis. Presentation at the eMasters Conference, York.

Reuter, E. (2010). Democratic integration by social policies? The ambivalent nature of welfare systems. Paper presented at the British Sociological Association annual conference, Glasgow.

Reuter, E. (2010). Social policies against exclusion and their democratic quality in France and the UK. Paper presented at the Political Studies Association annual conference, Edinburgh.

Reuter, E. (2008). The interrelation between ‘activation’ and social policy against exclusion in Great Britain and France. Paper presented at Institute for Employment Research conference, Nuremberg. Available at http://doku.iab.de/veranstaltungen/2008/activation_2008_reuter.pdf

Reuter, E. (2008). Weniger ist mehr – Plädoyer für einen ‚exklusiven’ Exklusionsbegriff. In: R. Eickelpasch, C. Rademacher and P.R. Lobato, eds. Metamorphosen des Kapitalismus – und seiner Kritik, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, pp. 171-190.

For information on earlier publications and presentations at conferences, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Degree programmes:

  • Masters in Public Policy and Management
  • Masters of Public Administration
  • Masters of Public Administration in International Development


  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Public Service Reform: Economical and Political Perspectives
  • Labour Markets, Work and Welfare
  • Globalisation and Social Policy
  • Policy Analysis and Process 
  • Public Finance
  • Public Management and Delivery 
  • Social and Political Issues in Development 
  • Theories and Policies of Development Governance 
  • Understanding Governance
  • Using Evidence in Social Policy


Contact details

Dr Enrico Reuter
Lecturer in Public and Social Policy
Skype: Enrico.G.Reuter

Tel: +44 (0) 7876626870