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Read more // 14.02.2024

New website for project "Causes of Inclusion and Exclusion: Immigrant Welfare Rights in Global Comparison"

The website "The Immigrant Social Rights Project (ImmigSR)" provides the latest version of the ImmigSR dataset which includes a number of indicators of immigrant access to state provided welfare benefits in 39 countries in five world regions for the years 1980-2018. Resources also include a technical report with codebook and country and benefit coverage details, as well as updates on expansions.

Read more // 14.02.2024

GATT/WTO and the Social Clause: Between Protectionism and Social Welfare

The controversy between free trade and labor standards was the central field of tension in Lucia Coppolaro’s Jour Fixe lecture on Wednesday, January 31. In her presentation she addressed the role of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Prof. Coppolaro gave a historical overview of the interplay between trade liberalization on the one hand and social welfare on the other hand.

Read more // 05.02.2024

Prof. Lucia Coppolaro (University of Padova, Italy)
Prof. Lucia Coppolaro (University of Padova, Italy)

Call for Papers for the 13th International NordWel Summer School in Bremen

The 13th NordWel Summer School "State, Society & Citizen - Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Welfare State Development" will take place at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen from 19 to 23 August 2024. Here you will find the Call for Papers.

Read more // 01.02.2024

Job offer: Student assistant in project A06

Project "Pathways to Family Policy Universalism: Inclusiveness and Scope of Family Policies in Global Perspective" is looking for a student assistant with up to 30 hrs/month. Tasks: Database and literature research, collecting statistical data from text documents, editing previously collected data and support in data analysis.

Read more // 31.01.2024

Diffusion of Disability Policies as Social Right: Cases of South Korea and Brazil

Dr. Jun-gi Heo, researcher at the GwangJu Public Agency for Social Service (PASS) in South Korea, gave a talk as part of the CRC 1342 Jour Fixe lecture series on Wednesday, January 23. Key questions were: What determines the progress of disability policy? How can social rights be strengthened within disability policy? Heo presented the two case studies of South Korea and Brazil.

Read more // 31.01.2024

Dr. Jun-gi Heo, GwangJu Public Agency for Social Service (PASS), South Korea
Dr. Jun-gi Heo, GwangJu Public Agency for Social Service (PASS), South Korea

Cooperation Between Colleges and Companies: Vocational Education, Skill Mismatches and China's Turnover Problem

Dr. Armin Müller, postdoctoral researcher in the project B05: "Inclusion and Benefit Dynamics in the Chinese Welfare Regime", wrote an article for "The China Quarterly" published online by Cambridge University Press.

Read more // 24.01.2024

Job offer: Student assistants in project A04

The project "Global developments in health care systems" is looking for new student assistants (up to 37 hours/month). Tasks include database and literature research, annotating of legal documents and supporting on administrative tasks.

Read more // 19.01.2024

Visit from the Far East: Social Security Reform in Transitional China

The first event of the new year was a lecture by Prof. Yuegen Xiong from Peking University, China. As part of the CRC 1342 Jour Fixe he gave a talk on "Social Security Reform in Transitional China. Post-pandemic Challenges and Policy Reformulations" on January 10, 2024.

Read more // 16.01.2024

Prof. Yuegen Xiong sorrounded by CRC colleagues
Prof. Yuegen Xiong sorrounded by CRC colleagues

Gabriella Skitalinska successfully defends her PhD thesis

Being a member of both the former A01, now INF project and working in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Gabriella obtained her PhD from the Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science (FB 03) with a "summa cum laude".

Read more // 20.12.2023

Long-term care policy challenges in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic and opportunities for cross-national learning

As the last event of our Jour Fixe lecture series in 2023, Adelina Comas-Herrera from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) hold a lecture on Friday, December 15. Among others, she presented the Global Observatory of Long-Term Care (GOLTC).

Read more // 18.12.2023

Adelina Comas-Herrera (LSE) and Prof. Heinz Rothgang (CRC 1342)
Adelina Comas-Herrera (LSE) and Prof. Heinz Rothgang (CRC 1342)

Social Policy Dynamics in Iran

Dr. Yaser Bagheri, Assistant Professor of Social Policy at the University of Tehran, is currently on a seven-month study program in Germany. As part of the CRC 1342 Jour Fixe lecture series, he gave a talk on "Social Policy Dynamics in Iran" on December 6, 2023.

Read more // 08.12.2023

Dr. Yaser Bagheri, University of Tehran
Dr. Yaser Bagheri, University of Tehran

The opportunity to make a real contribution to research at the CRC 1342

In the framework of their mandatory internships Hüma Nauroozi and Ed Miller are part of the project A04 "Global Developments in Health Care Systems" from October to December, 2023. Hüma is a Bachelor student of Public Health in the 5th semester. Ed is a Master student of "Sozialpolitik" (Political Science) in the 3rd semester.

Read more // 01.12.2023

Hüma Nauroozi, Dr. Achim Schmid and Ed Miller, PhD
Hüma Nauroozi, Dr. Achim Schmid and Ed Miller, PhD

Global Varieties of Dualization – Historical Dynamics of Inclusion & Generosity in Social Policy

The workshop on "Global Varieties of Dualization – Historical Dynamics of Inclusion & Generosity in Social Policy" took place on November 13 and 14, 2023, at Bremen University. It was organized by Dr. Aline Grünewald, Dr. Tobias Böger (both from Bremen University and CRC 1342), Dr. Armin Müller (Constructor University and CRC 1342), and Prof. Dr. Paul Marx (University of Bonn).

Read more // 28.11.2023

How aid relationships may affect the sustainability of health programs in developing countries

Gulnaz Isabekova, research fellow in project B06 "Resource Boom and Social Policy in Authoritarian Regimes. A Means of Securing Regime Stability?", presented her book "Stakeholder Relationships and Sustainability. The Case of Health Aid to the Kyrgyz Republic" on November 24, 2023.

Read more // 27.11.2023

Dr. Gulnaz Isabekova, Prof. Heiko Pleines and MD Ohanna Kirakosyan
Dr. Gulnaz Isabekova, Prof. Heiko Pleines and MD Ohanna Kirakosyan

Reflexivity in Global Social Policy

John Berten and Anna Wolkenhauer have edited a special issue about "Reflexivity in Global Social Policy" which has just been published in the journal Global Social Policy. In the issue, which consists of an introduction, five papers, five forum contributions, and a Digest, the editors and authors explore the meaning, relevance, and difficulties of taking a reflexive look at Global Social Policy.

Read more // 17.11.2023

De-facto coverage and generosity of labor law in South Africa

Andrea Schäfer, researcher in the A03 project "Worlds of Labour: Coverage and Generosity of Employment Law", was on a research stay in Pretoria, Rosslyn, Johannesburg and Silverton from 27.02.2023 to 25.03.2023. On site she cooperated among others with the South African trade union "National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa" (NUMSA) and the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.

Read more // 16.11.2023

Puleng Phaka (NUMSA 2nd Deputy President), Andrea Schäfer (CRC 1342)
Puleng Phaka (NUMSA 2nd Deputy President), Andrea Schäfer (CRC 1342)

Immigrant social rights in Malaysia

In August and September 2023, Jakob Henninger completed a visiting researcher stay at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang. As part of the CRC project B04 "Causes of Inclusion and Exclusion. Welfare State Rights of Immigrants in Global Comparison", he worked on a case study on immigrant social rights in Malaysia.

Read more // 15.11.2023

Exploring healthcare system introductions and historical developments in Kenya and Nigeria within the context of nation-building and post-colonialism

The workshop of the project A04 "Global Developments in Healthcare Systems" took place from 1.11.2023 to 3.11.2023 at the Haus der Wissenschaft, Bremen, and was organized by Lorraine Frisina-Doetter and Julian Götsch.

Read more // 13.11.2023

Effects of a social pension in Bangladesh

The doctoral researcher Heiner Salomon from the project A02 "Global Dynamics of Coverage and Generosity in Work-Injury Compensation, Unemployment and Old-Age Pensions" recently returned to Germany from his research trip to Bangladesh.

Read more // 07.11.2023

Effects of measurement errors in popular DMSP night-time lights in empirical political economy

John Gibson, Professor of Economics at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, visited the CRC 1342 on Thursday, October 26, 2023, for a Jour Fixe in the winter term 2023/24. In his talk he spoke about the uses and abuses of night-time light satellite data in the social sciences to measure economic activity and assess local inequality.

Read more // 03.11.2023

The Politics of Social Protection During Times of Crisis

To kick off the Jour Fixe in the winter term 2023/24, Prof. Merike Blofield (University of Hamburg) visited the CRC 1342 on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. During her lecture, she presented her current book "The Politics of Social Protection During Times of Crisis" published by Cambridge University Press in July 2023.

Read more // 17.10.2023

Prof. Merike Blofield, University of Hamburg
Prof. Merike Blofield, University of Hamburg

Labor regulations of socialist states in open-access

In the summer of 2023, three CRC 1342 sub-projects - namely project A03, A04 and B06 - jointly extracted the relevant information on the Soviet Union and the German Democratic Republic into two separate Excel files and published them on the Discuss Data platform.

Read more // 04.10.2023