Conferences - Lectures - Workshops

Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.2210
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2 pm - 4 pm
Organiser
Contact Person
Organisation
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen; Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS), Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Semester
WiSe 2019/20

The Transnational & Area Studies-Colloquium is a new venue for interdisciplinary debate on pertinent questions of transnational scope and area studies relevance. Scholars and students meet on a monthly basis to discover new approaches and joint research interests. The colloquium is open to the interested public.

Subscribe to the mailing list for regular updates and pre-circulated readings: https://mailman.zfn.uni-bremen.de/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tas-colloquium

Place
Unicom building
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Time
9 am - 12.30 pm
Organiser
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Contact Person

The workshop will be given by Prof. John W. Meyer, who will be Hans-Koschnick-Professor at SOCIUM and the CRC 1342.

Prof. Meyer will introduce the topic. After a coffee break we will then have the opportunity to discuss up to 6 doctoral dissertation projects in which New Institutionalism as a theoretical approach may be important. 

Doctoral students are generally welcome to participate and to benefit from the discussions.

07.11.2019 - 08.11.2019 Conference

Causal Mechanisms in the Analysis of Social Policy Dynamics

Teilprojekt B01: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Place
Haus der Wissenschaft
Sandstraße 4/5
28195 Bremen
Time
8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Contact Person
Organisation

Recent theoretical and methodological developments in the social sciences converge into the approach of "mechanism-based explanation". Originating from different disciplines such as analytical sociology, political sociology, comparative historical analysis and qualitative research in political science, mechanism-based approaches stress that phenomena cannot fully be explained by correlations between variables: Causal mechanisms are the "cogs and wheels" that scholars come across when opening the "black box" of correlations.

Despite the expanding literature on this topic, two deficits have not been resolved so far:

  1. There is no convincing compilation of mechanisms that drive social and political processes. Previous proposals for a comprehensive list of mechanisms collect elements of very different scales and levels. There is no shared understanding on what level (micro, meso, macro) mechanisms should be allocated and what elements a mechanism should have to count as a mechanism.
  2. There is also a lack of systematic applications of mechanism-based approaches to an entire policy field. So far, mechanism-based approaches have primarily been used in single case studies or comparative case studies with a limited scope and range. Adopting a mechanism-based approach for studying the transnational dynamics of an entire policy field might be a decisive test for the fruitfulness of mechanism-based approaches.


This conference aims to stimulate discussion on the characteristics of causal mechanisms, and to establish a closer link between these concepts and the study of social policy dynamics.

PROGRAMME

Day 1

9.00-9.30
Registration and welcome coffee

9.30-10.30
Gary Goertz, University of Notre Dame
The veil of ignorance – causal mechanism – process tracing methodology

Coffee break

10.45-12.15
Session 1: Theorizing Mechanisms (Chair: Johanna Kuhlmann)

  1. Holger Straßheim, University of Bielefeld
    Transforming social policy (research): the mechanisms of micro-focusing (Discussant: Hubert Heinelt)
  2. Johannes Schmitt, Martin Noltze, German Institute for Development Evaluation Causal mechanisms in evaluation: conceptual confusion, practical application and the way forward (Discussant: Heinz Rothgang)
  3. Sebastian Haunss, University of Bremen
    Network mechanism driving the development of social policies (Discussant: Sarah Berens)

Lunch

13.30-14.30
Renate Mayntz, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Promise and limits of mechanism-based explanation

Coffee break

14.45-16.15
Session 2: Mechanisms of Social Policy Dynamics – Single Case Studies (Chair: Heiko Pleines)

  1. Olivier Burtin, LMU München/Princeton University
    Mechanisms of veterans’ policy in the United States: A comparative overview (Discussant: Teresa Huhle)
  2. Ellen van Reuler, Leiden University
    English hospices and palliative care policies as a model for the Netherlands? (Discussant: Anna Safuta)
  3. Tobias ten Brink1, Armin Müller1 , Tao Liu2, 1Jacobs University Bremen, 2 University Duisburg-Essen
    Policy experimentation and elite cooperation: Causal mechanisms in the making of China’s social insurance system (Discussant: Osmany Porto de Oliveira)
  4. Sarah Berens, Franziska Deeg, University of Cologne
    Moving North and coming back. Migration and social policy preferences in Mexico (Discussant: Cecilia Rossel/Florencia Antía)

Coffee break

16.45-17.45
James Mahoney, Northwestern University
Causal mechanisms and theories of causality: Three approaches

Coffee break

18.00-19.30
Session 3: Mechanisms of Social Policy Dynamics – Comparative Approaches (Chair: Klaus Schlichte)

  1. Traute Meyer, University of Southampton
    Industrialism revisited - Changing kinship systems and pension reform in China and Europe (Discussant: Tao Liu)
  2. Robert van Niekerk1, Reynaldo Jiménez Guethón2, 1 University of Witwatersrand, 2 University de La Habana
    Cultures of social solidarity and the public good: A reflection on South Africa and Cuba (Discussant: Armin Müller)
  3. Heinz Rothgang, Karin Gottschall, Anna Safuta, Kristin Noack, Marlene Seiffarth, Greta-Marleen Storath, University of Bremen
    Migrantization of long-term care in Europe. On search of causal mechanisms (Discussant: Friederike Römer)

Conference Dinner at Ratskeller

Day 2
9.30-11.00
Session 4: Mechanisms of Social Policy Dynamics – Transnational Interdependencies (Chair: Frank Nullmeier)

  1. Andreas Heinrich1, Gulnaz Isabekova1, Armin Müller2, Heiko Pleines1, Tobias ten Brink2, 1 University of Bremen, 2 Jacobs University Bremen
    Types of international policy-related knowledge transfer. From conditionality to elaborated autonomous policy learning (Discussant: Lutz Leisering)
  2. Monika Ewa Kaminska, Ertila Druga, Ante Malinar, Liva Stupele, University of Bremen
    Reforms from within or reforms from without? Defying international organizations’ agenda in healthcare reforms in Central Eastern Europe: in search of causal mechanisms (Discussant: Andreas Heinrich)
  3. Friederike Römer, Jakob Henninger, University of Bremen
    Effects of migration – Synthesizing literatures on labor markets, growth and the welfare state (Discussant: Sebastian Haunss)

Coffee break

11.15-12.30
Plenary Session: Could we hope to compile a list of basic causal mechanisms? (Chair: Karin Gottschall)

Peter Starke, University of Southern Denmark
Delia González de Reufels, Johanna Kuhlmann, Frank Nullmeier, Klaus Schlichte, University of Bremen

Lunch

13.45-15.15
Session 5: Mechanisms of Social Policy Dynamics in Latin America (Chair: Delia González de Reufels)

  1. Osmany Porto de Oliveira, Federal University of São Paulo
    Mechanisms for social policy diffusion: theory and evidences from the Brazilian case (Discussant: Tobias ten Brink)
  2. Cecilia Rossel1, Florencia Antía2, 1 Universidad Católica del Uruguay, 2 Universidad de la República
    The politics of sanctioning the poor: Revealing causal mechanisms in Uruguay’s CCT programs (Discussant: Reynaldo Jiménez Guethón)
  3. Sebastian Sirén, Stockholm University
    The Struggle over universalisation. Actors and institutions in the process towards health care reform in Bolivia (Discussant: Monika Ewa Kaminska)

Coffee break

15.30-16.30
Armando Barrientos, University of Manchester
The rise and fall of Bismarckian social policy in Latin America

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09.11.2019 Workshop

International Knowledge Transfer in Social Policy: The Case of the Post-Soviet Region

Teilprojekt B06: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Place
Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen
Klagenfurter Straße 8
28359 Bremen
Time
9 am - 5 pm
Contact Person

Call for Papers

For a combined, three-day event we invite proposals for papers on "International Knowledge Transfer in Social Policy: The Case of the Post-Soviet Region". The event takes place from 7-9 November 2019 in Bremen (Germany).

It begins with a two-day conference on "Causal Mechanisms in the Analysis of Social Policy Dynamics" in the House of Science in Bremen. Confirmed keynote speakers are: Renate Mayntz (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies), James Mahoney (Northwestern University), and Peter Starke (University of Southern Denmark).

On the third day there will be a workshop on "International knowledge transfer in social policy: The case of the post-Soviet region". Participants selected from this call are invited to join the conference and to present their papers at the third-day workshop, which takes place at the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen on 9 November 2019. It intends to complement the conference on causal mechanisms with the discussion of research on dynamics of international knowledge transfer in social policy in the post-Soviet region. Special emphasis is made on the policy fields of basic income security (alleviating poverty), health care and education.

The workshop aims to bring together approaches from political science, sociology and other relevant academic disciplines to get a more comprehensive picture of the influence of social policy concepts originating in the OECD world on reform processes in the post-Soviet region and of the role that international actors play in this knowledge transfer. The focus of invited papers should always be on the international knowledge transfer and on the domestic evaluation of these social policy concepts.

Deadline for proposals: 30 April 201

Deadline for the submission of paper proposals is 30 April 2019. In addition to a 300 word abstract, please include a brief biographical statement in your submission. Selected paper-givers will be invited by 31 May 2019. Full papers will be due 15 September 2019.

The workshop will involve around 15 scholars; early-career researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Travel expenses and accommodation costs of invited participants will be covered by the organiser. For further information on our research group, visit our website.

We plan to publish selected workshop papers in a special issue of Global Social Policy.

Paper proposals and any questions should be addressed to:
Dr Andreas Heinrich (heinrich@uni-bremen.de)

25.11.2019 Colloquium

Critical Theory in Times of Brexit and Trump

Prof. Beate Jahn, PhD (University of Sussex)
Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.2210
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2 pm - 4 pm
Organiser
Contact Person
Organisation
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen; Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS), Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Semester
WiSe 2019/20

The Transnational & Area Studies-Colloquium is a new venue for interdisciplinary debate on pertinent questions of transnational scope and area studies relevance. Scholars and students meet on a monthly basis to discover new approaches and joint research interests. The colloquium is open to the interested public.

Subscribe to the mailing list for regular updates and pre-circulated readings: https://mailman.zfn.uni-bremen.de/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tas-colloquium

Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.2210
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2 pm - 4 pm
Organiser
Contact Person
Organisation
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen; Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS), Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Semester
WiSe 2019/20

The Transnational & Area Studies-Colloquium is a new venue for interdisciplinary debate on pertinent questions of transnational scope and area studies relevance. Scholars and students meet on a monthly basis to discover new approaches and joint research interests. The colloquium is open to the interested public.

Subscribe to the mailing list for regular updates and pre-circulated readings: https://mailman.zfn.uni-bremen.de/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tas-colloquium

Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.2210
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2 pm - 4 pm
Organiser
Contact Person
Organisation
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen; Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS), Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Semester
WiSe 2019/20

The Transnational & Area Studies-Colloquium is a new venue for interdisciplinary debate on pertinent questions of transnational scope and area studies relevance. Scholars and students meet on a monthly basis to discover new approaches and joint research interests. The colloquium is open to the interested public.

Subscribe to the mailing list for regular updates and pre-circulated readings: https://mailman.zfn.uni-bremen.de/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/tas-colloquium