Events

Events of the department "Political Economy of the Welfare State".

Place:
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Time:
01:30 P.M.
Contact Person:
Dr. Valentin Schröder

22.11.2018Lecture

Recent Advances in Quantitative Text Analysis

Prof. Kenneth Benoit, PhD (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))
Place:
Unicom Building
Room: 7.3280
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time:
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Organizer:
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), Universität Bremen; SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen
Contact Person:

Kenneth Benoit is Professor of Quantitative Social Research Methods and head of the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Politics Science and part-time professor at Trinity College Dublin. His contribution to text analysis in political science should not be underestimated, where his development of computer-assisted estimation of policy positions from political texts remains a cornerstone in the literature. He maintains and created the QUANTEDA package for managing and analysing text data, and therefore is well placed to offer insights into the "big picture" of QTA, and what to expect in the future.

Place:
Unicom Building
Room: 7.3280
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time:
9 - 12 a.m.
Contact Person:
Partic. Organization:

As the programme of choice for many QTA scholars, the event series begins with a brief introduction/recap to R for text analysis on November 21, 2018. This short session with Holger Döring (SOCIUM) and Nico Blocker (SOCIUM) should refresh our memories about R, and provide an overview of the useful functions particularly for Text Analysis. Therefore, we recommend attending this session even if you are a seasoned R user.

Registration: Nils Düpont, E-Mail: duepont@uni-bremen.de

Place:
Guesthouse "Teerhof", University of Bremen
Teerhof 59
28199 Bremen
Time:
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sc. Administration:
Organization:
Semester:
SoSe 2018

Social protection is crucial for human development. However, the great majority of the global population is not or only partly covered by social protection (ILO 2014: xxi). In developing countries, in particular, it is often the very poorest and most vulnerable in a society who do not receive essential social benefits (Holliday 2000). Although the people’s need for social protection in developing countries is obvious, countries perform very differently in this respect. In some countries the reach of social protection is very limited despite high needs, while others have comprehensive social protection systems with both contributory and non-contributory components (Devereux et al. 2015). Accordingly, whereas some countries are successfully tackling poverty and inequality through a broad provision of social protection, others continue to prioritize the rights and needs of small elites over those of the broad mass of the population. This is highly problematic given that inclusive social protection is assumed to be a key factor for national productivity, global economic growth and domestic stability (Rudra 2015), and also considering that access to social protection is a human right.

How can these vast differences in the provision of social protection be explained? Elucidating the policy mix, coverage and generosity of contemporary social protection requires a deep understanding of its historical roots and specific trajectories. As most of the research continues to focus on the OECD world, however, little is known about the origins, characteristics and outcomes of social protection beyond the OECD. The narrative of welfare state emergence in rich democracies with its emphasis on domestic factors, such as industrialization and urbanization, provides only limited insight into the emergence and structure of social protection systems in other regions of the world. Several studies analyzing social protection in the Global South have emphasized that social protection has been strongly shaped by external influences and international actors over the course of the last 120 years (e.g. Gough et al. 2004; Deacon 2007; Niño‐Zarazúa et al. 2012; Midgley and Piachaud 2011; Brooks 2015; Rudra, 2015).

In order to systematically analyze alternative routes to early and contemporary social protection in low- and middle-income countries, the focus of this workshop will hence be on three of the most important external influences in the building of social protection systems in the Global South, namely colonial ties, the Cold War, as well as international donors and organizations.

In sum, this workshop brings together scholars from different disciplines with expertise in different policy areas and/or regions in order to create a larger picture of the role of external influences in the building of social protection systems in the Global South in the last 120 years. The aim is to identify alternatives routes to welfare regime building and, in consequence, to explain the differences in the policy mix, coverage, and generosity of early and contemporary social protection provision beyond the OECD.

Download: Programme

09.02.2018Conference

Party Competition in Democracy

Norddeutsches Kolloquium Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Bremen und Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Place:
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
Time:
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Organization:
Dr. Valentin Schröder; Prof. Dr. Markus Tepe (Center for Social Science Methodology, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)
Semester:
WiSe 2017/18

Download: Programme of the conference

Place:
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Time:
2 p.m.
Partic. Organization:
Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Bremen

Place:
Parliament House (Haus der Bürgerschaft)
Room: 2. Stock
Am Markt 20
28195 Bremen
Time:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Contact Person:

06.04.2016Lecture

Interessengruppen und die vergleichende Politik sozialer Dienstleistungen

Dr. Peter Starke (University of Southern Denmark)
Place:
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
Time:
4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Cooperation:
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), Universität Bremen; Forschungsverbund "Welfare Societies", Universität Bremen
Lecture Series:
Jour Fixe
Semester:
SoSe 2016

31.07.2014 - 02.08.2014Workshop

Tax and Welfare States beyond the OECD

Dr. Hanna Lierse (Collaborative Research Center "Transformations of the State" (CRC 597), University of Bremen); Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt; Dr. Laura Seelkopf
Place:
Gästehaus Teerhof
Auf dem Teerhof 58
28199 Bremen
Time:
31.7.: 9 am - 6 pm; 01. Aug. 9 am - 5 pm; 2. Aug.: 9 am - 1 pm
Partic. Organization:
Sonderforschungsbereich "Staatlichkeit im Wandel" (SFB 597), Universität Bremen

The major share of the public and academic debate on the revenue and the spending side of the welfare state is directed towards the level and composition of the welfare state in advanced Western democracies. Our workshop aims at expanding the discussion in two respects: First, we address the welfare state beyond the OECD by explicitly analyzing developing countries or emerging markets. Second, we invited scholars focusing on the spending and the revenue side of the welfare state to get a more comprehensive picture of the welfare state. Until now, both coins of the welfare state have been discussed separately.

Download: Programm

Place:
Collaborative Research Center 597
Room: Großer Vortragssaal (1. Stock)
Linzer Straße 9a
28359 Bremen
Time:
16:15 - 17:45
Organization:
Dr. Steffen Schneider