Events of Project B09

Place


online
Time
2.15 pm - 3.45 pm
Organiser

This lecture is part of the series "Internationalised Politics" and takes place online via Zoom.

To get acces to this or one of the next lectures, please get in touch with Anna Wolkenhauer (wolkenhauer@bigsss.uni-bremen.de).

Place


Bremen
Time
2.15 pm - 3.45 pm
Lecture Series
Internal Events

The presentation is part of the colloquium "Internationalised Politics" and will take online via zoom.

The link will be shared before the session. 

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

In this colloquium Ricardo Bormann will discuss his paper "New Directions in Latin American Film History: The Intellectual Network of the Brazilian Film Critic Salles Gomes". Participants are expected to read Ricardo's paper in advance. Please contact Alex Veit (veit@uni-bremen.de) to get hold of the paper.

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.

Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.1050
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
1.15 pm - 2.45 pm
Contact Person

Keonhi Son (project A06) will present and discus her paper "The Influence of ILO conventions on the Adoption of Maternity Protection Policies in the World".

Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.2210
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2.15 pm - 3.45 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

In this TASC-Colloquium, Teresa Huhle's paper "The Transnational Formation of a Healthy Nation: Travelling Reformers in Uruguay (1903-1933)" will be discussed. Participants are expected to read Teresa's paper in advance. Please contact Alex Veit (veit@uni-bremen.de) to get hold of the paper.

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, but please sign up with tas-colloquium@mailman.zfn.uni-bremen.de.

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, 2University 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, 1University of Witwatersrand, 2University 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, 1University of Bremen, 2Jacobs 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
    Democracy and immigrant rights - Conflicting mechanisms at play (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, 1Universidad Católica del Uruguay, 2Universidad 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

Download Programmme

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: 7.3280
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2.15 pm - 3.45 pm
Organiser
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS); Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS), Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen

Alex Nadège Ouedraogo (InIIS) discusses her dissertation proposal:
Analysis of food social policies in Senegal

Place
Unicom Building
Room: 7.4500
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2.30 pm - 4 pm
Contact Person

Ndangwa Noyoo examines global social policy in the current global climate which is typified by, inter alia, increasing unilateralism, narrow nationalism and xenophobia. The former negative forces are not just confined within countries but are rapidly transcending nation-states and regions of the world, with far-reaching consequences. Global social policy is therefore juxtaposed against these cited trends whilst considering the progress that has been made in this area in past decades. Noyoo also advances his position which sees global social policy as a transformative force which needs to be harnessed and specifically directed by various role players in this era. Arguably, one major force that triggered the cited negative forces is the push factor of uncontrolled and illegal migrations of vulnerable groups from conflict and poverty-ridden parts of the world to the developed northern countries. Drawing on secondary literature and other empirical researches, Noyoo argues for a consolidation of global social policy, despite the deteriorating global situation, through the forging of stronger North – South networks. Also, he calls for a more robust global social policy as it could help to stem the tide of not only the cited migrations, but other social ills, at their source, by raising the quality of life of vulnerable groups in stressed countries. Nevertheless, the aforementioned needs to be predicated on a foundation of international solidarity which, at present, seems to be waning.

Place
Unicom
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Time
2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Organiser

What were the consequences of the Arab Spring and the subsequent regime changes for Tunisia's and Egypt's social policy? What are the similarities and differences between the two countries? InIIS Managing Director Dr. Roy Karadag will address these questions in a lecture at the InIIS BIGSSS Colloquium.