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".

25.10.2018 - 26.10.2018 Conference

International Conference on Global Dynamics of Social Policy

Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Place
ATLANTIC Hotel Universum
Wiener Straße 4
28359 Bremen
Time
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.

More details can be found at the conference website.

Contact:
Judith M. Ebeling, E-Mail: socialpolicydynamics@uni-bremen.de

27.10.2018 Internal Workshop

Social Policy Dynamics in Post-Socialist Countries

Teilprojekt B06: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Place
Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen
Room: OEG 3790
Klagenfurter Straße 8
28359 Bremen
Time
9:15 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Contact Person
Lecture Series
Internal Events

At the workshop invited participants will discuss the CRC projects dealing with policy diffusion and policy learning in post-socialist countries, focusing on selected social policy fields (esp. health care). Additionally, there will be a thematic discussion about conceptual approaches to the international transfer of policy ideas.

In a separate panel Mitchel Orenstein will present his Social Impact of Transition (SIT) Index for discussion.

Finally, synergies between the CRC projects and the external experts' research will be discussed to define areas of future cooperation.

Participants

CRC project teams B06 – post-Soviet region, B05 – China, and B08 – Central Eastern Europe

External participants
Andrea Chandler (Carleton University, Political Science)
Tatiana Chubarova (Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Economy, Center for Social Studies)
Damir Esenaliev (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)
Natalia Grigorieva (Moscow State University named after Lomonosov, School of Public Administration)
Nazim Habibov (University of Windsor, School of Social Work)
Alexandra Kaasch (University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Sociology)
Elena Maltseva (University of Windsor, Political Science)
Mitchell Orenstein (University of Pennsylvania, Russian and East European Studies)

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

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.