Conferences - Lectures - Workshops

House of Science (Haus der Wissenschaft)
Sandstraße 4/5
28195 Bremen
3:30 p.m.

About 70 scientists from 11 institutions are involved in the Collaborative Research Centre, which is headed by the University of Bremen. In 15 subprojects they explore the global dynamics of public social policy. Social policy is defined more comprehensively and also includes education policy as an elementary instrument for promoting equal opportunities.

The analyses which also include the countries of the Global South, focus on cross-border interdependencies: How do trade relations, migration flows, international agreements and capital movements affect social policy actors and their decisions? Only by studying the interplay of national framework conditions and these international interdependencies can socio-political development processes be adequately explained. The CRC will develop a global information system with which the socio-political dynamics can be visualised like an atlas of the world.

Course of the event

3:30 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Eva Quante-Brandt, Senator for Science, Health and Consumer Protection of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

3:30 p.m.
Welcome on behalf of the University of Bremen
Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter, Vice President Research of the University of Bremen

4 p.m.
Introducing SFB 1342: our team, our goals
Prof. Dr. Herbert Obinger, Spokesperson of SFB 1342: Global Dynamics of Social Policy

4:30 p.m.
Conversations over drinks and finger food

04.07.2018 Internal Workshop

Workshop of project area B

Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

This internal workshop of project area B serves to ensure the exchange of information between the case study centred projects and to develop a common language which makes it possible to make generalising statements.

05.07.2018 Lecture and Discussion

Von der Globalgeschichte lernen! "King Cotton" als Modell - Neue Wege der Sozialpolitikforschung

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.
Dr. Dieter Wolf (SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen)

Registration by Dr. Dieter Wolf, E-Mail:

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.