Esther Schüring and Markus Loewe

Handbook on Social Protection Systems

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This exciting and innovative handbook offers a comprehensive and globally relevant overview of the instruments, actors and design features of social protection systems, as well as their application and impacts in practice.
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This exciting and innovative handbook offers a comprehensive and globally relevant overview of the instruments, actors and design features of social protection systems, as well as their application and impacts in practice.
  • Part I: Instruments
  • Part II: System Design
  • Part III: Policy Coordination
  • Part IV: Groups in Focus
  • Part V: Administration
  • Part VI: Political Economy
  • Part VII: Effects
  • Part VIII: Major Challenges and Reform Options
Esther Schüring and Markus Loewe
Esther Schüring and Markus Loewe

Esther Schüring
Professor of Social Protection Systems, Department of Social Policy and Social Security Studies, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, University of Applied Sciences

Esther Schüring is a social scientist, specialising in the area of social protection policy. She is the academic head of an international master’s programme in social protection. Her main research interests focus on eliciting public preferences in social policy and in studying the role, acceptance and effects of targeting and conditionality in social protection design.



Markus Loewe
Head of the Middle East and North Africa Research Team, Research Programme “Transformation of Economic and Social Systems“, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

Markus Loewe studied development economics and political science in Tübingen, Erlangen and Damascus and got his PhD from Heidelberg University for a thesis on micro insurance. In 2015, he was offered a chair at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg but rejected it. His research foci include social protection, poverty, small enterprise development, investment promotion and the notion of the social contract.