Conferences - Lectures - Workshops

05.07.2018 Lecture and Discussion

Learning from global history! "King Cotton" as a Model - New Approaches to Social Policy Research

Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier; Dr. Dieter Wolf (SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen)
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Room: 3.3390
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Contact Person
Dr. Dieter Wolf (SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, University of Bremen)

"King Cotton" is a gripping narrative of the history of the global marketing and industrialisation of cotton and an alternative explanation for the phenomenon of global capitalism. But the book offers possibilities to think beyond the narrow focus of the topic.

Some of these possibilities with regard to the "other side" of capitalism, the (often missing or inadequate) social policy and the welfare state will be presented and discussed in this event.

Registration with Dr. Dieter Wolf, Email:

ATLANTIC Hotel Universum
Wiener Straße 4
28359 Bremen
9 a.m.

Social policy aims at protecting social rights and creating social security. In addition to the market and familial support networks, social policy is a key producer of welfare. However, welfare state research – at least in the context of advanced democracies – usually understands social policy as a matter for the nation state and explains its development almost exclusively in the context of domestic conditions and processes. Therefore, there is often a lack of systematic consideration of external influences on national social policies. Examples of external influences include the role of international organizations (e.g. ILO, WHO), or interdependencies between states and societies, such as cross-border information exchange (e.g. policy learning), migration, trade relations or violent conflicts.

In accordance with the central aim of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC), the main theme of the conference revolves around explaining the global dynamics of social policy from the last quarter of the 19th century to the present day. Participants seek to address how the interplay between domestic factors and inter-/transnational interdependencies has shaped the development of social policy.

We distinguish between two types of international interdependencies that may trigger the development of social policy across countries: (1) Horizontal interdependencies refer to cross-national interdependencies such as (de-)colonization, war, trade relations, capital movements, migration flows and transnational communication. (2) Vertical interdependencies denote relations between states and international organisations.

Since national policy-makers need to address these international influences, the thematic focus of the conference is on the interplay of national socio-economic and political frameworks with international interdependencies in order to explain the development of social policy in global and historical perspective.

14.11.2018 Workshop

The Global History of the New Deal

Prof. Dr. Kiran Klaus Patel (Universität Maastricht)
Unicom Building
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The historian Kiran Klaus Patel from the University of Maastricht presents his current book "The New Deal. A Global History". In preparation, the participants read parts of the book to discuss them with Kiran Klaus Patel in the workshop. The passages to be discussed and the guiding questions will be communicated in advance.