Events

In a number of event formats, the SFB "Global Development Dynamics of Social Policy" presents and discusses new findings in social policy research. Usually these events are public.
The internal events of CRC 1342 are aimed to facilitate the exchange between the participating researchers and to promote their work on the research questions of their projects. Occasionally we report on the results of these internal events on the page "News".

14.11.2018 Workshop

The Global History of the New Deal

Prof. Dr. Kiran Klaus Patel (Universität Maastricht)
Place
Unicom Building
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Time
2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Organiser
Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Organisation
Cooperation

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.

Registration: The number of places in this workshop are restricted. Please register by sending a short email to Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels at dgr@uni-bremen.de.

21.11.2018 Internal Workshop

Workshop Project Area B

Projektbereich B: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Place
Unicom Building
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Time
2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Contact Person
Lecture Series
Internal Events

This internal workshop of project area B serves to ensure the exchange of information between the case study centred projects and to apply and further develop the theoretical concepts of causal chains and causal mechanisms.

21.11.2018 Workshop

R Refresher for Text Analysis

Nico Blokker; Dr. Holger Döring
Place
Unicom Building
Room: 7.3280
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Contact Person
Eloisa Harris (Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)); Dr. Mandi M. Larsen (Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS))
Partic. Organisation
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS); SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen

This short session should refresh the participants' memories about R and provide an overview of the useful functions particularly for text analysis.

Registration with Nils Düpont, duepont@uni-bremen.de

22.11.2018 Lecture

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.
Organisation

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.

Open to all, no registration necessary.

22.11.2018 - 23.11.2018 Workshop

Introduction to Quantitative Text Analysis using R

Stefan Müller (Trinity College Dublin)
Place
Unicom Building
Room: 9.3120
Mary-Somerville-Straße 9
28359 Bremen
Time
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Thursday); 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (Friday)
Contact Person
Dr. Mandi M. Larsen (Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS))
Partic. Organisation
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS); SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen

This workshop with Stefan Müller from Trinity College Dublin offers a hands-on introduction to extracting data from text, and applying various methods to analyse the data. Topics included involve:

  • From Raw Text to Corpus – how to collect textual data and prepare it for analysis.
  • Classification techniques - the first steps in translating text to usable data; supervised and unsupervised learning; dictionary approaches and topic modelling.
  • Scaling – Supervised and Unsupervised techniques.
  • An overview of more advanced topics.


The applied elements of the workshop will make use of the programming language R. Therefore, a basic familiarity with R is a prerequisite for attending the course.

Registration: BIGSSS fellows register via CampusNet, SOCIUM and CRC 1342 members please send a short email to mlarsen@bigsss-bremen.de

Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.4500
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Organiser
Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Lecture Series
CRC colloquium

In the last 25 years, hospital services in East-Central Europe (ECE) have been undergoing profound transformation as a result of the parallel processes of post-communist transition, globalisation and Europeanisation. In this context, the hospital sector in ECE has been affected by privatisation and liberalisation, which has resulted in an emergence of public-private constellations of financing, provision and governance, and has significantly influenced sectoral labour relations and employment conditions (Kaminska and Kahancova 2017). In addition to these processes, with their entry into the European Union, ECE countries have been facing the task of implementing EU regulation in the sector, among others the Working Time Directive (WTD).

Drawing on the work on institutional change by Streeck and Thelen (2005) and Mahoney and Thelen (2010) our study analyses the policy-making processes related to compliance with WTD in the hospital sector in ECE. In particular, the paper points to the importance of the availability of resources whereby ‘struggles over the meaning, application, and enforcement of institutional rules are inextricably intertwined with the resource allocations they entail’ (Mahoney and Thelen 2010:11). Given the scarcity of financial and human resources, especially doctors and nurses, and faced with a potential collapse of the hospital sector should the WTD be duly implemented, the state in ECE countries has often reacted to the regulatory challenge of WTD implementation by decoupling formal and behavioural compliance (Zhelyazkova et al. 2016; Börzel et al. 2017).

While WTD has been correctly transposed into national law across the region, in a number of countries the practices of intentional non-application on the ground have ranged from lack of effective monitoring of implementation, through tacit acceptance of non-compliance to active circumvention, pointing to the existence of a ‘world of dead letters’ (Falkner et al. 2008). Thus, rather than adjusting the level of financial and human resources in the hospital sector to the EU social policy requirements, the state in ECE has opted for policy drift (see Hacker 2010; Streeck and Thelen 2010) which has led to a deterioration of employment and working conditions and demise of sectoral labour relations. The paper relies on qualitative methods and comparatively analyses case studies of four ECE countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Poland).

03.12.2018 Lecture

Islamising Knowledge and the Challenge of Liberal Education

Dr. Sanen Marshall (Universiti Malaysia Sabah)
Place
Unicom Building
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Time
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Contact Person
Semester
WiSe 2018/19

Malaysia has been generally considered to be a moderate Muslim country. There are however recent instances towards radicalism and predispositions towards liberalism remain ambivalent. There are however think tanks in Malaysia that are sufficiently open in their thinking to assist with the liberal education agenda. These contradictory developments are indications that it is high time to pursue an agenda of genuine liberal education for the holistic development of not just the intellect but the very soul of Malaysian society.

Sanen Marshall argues that - general Malaysian conservatism apart - the education agenda loosely known as the "Islamisation of Knowledge" is actually noticeable in Malaysian school history textbooks and even in some of the ideas being promoted at the university level. The lack of an attempt at an alternative history in school text books is perhaps something that people should be concerned about in Malaysia. Sanen Marshall also considers the idea of "Islamic science" as an enlightened but sometimes misguided approach to Islamising knowledge.

16.01.2019 Internal Workshop

Workshop Project Area B

Projektbereich B: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Place
Unicom Building
Room: N.N.
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Contact Person
Lecture Series
Internal Events

This internal workshop of project area B serves to ensure the exchange of information between the case study centred projects and to apply and further develop the theoretical concepts of causal chains and causal mechanisms.