Shifting to Post-Crisis Welfare States in Europe? – Long Term and Short Term Perspectives
International conference, Berlin, June 4 - 5, 2013
New extended dealine: March 1, 2013
The conference brings together distinguished academics from across the world to discuss whether we are going through a tough time – as a phase in the normal development and adaptation of welfare states – or whether we are facing a complete transformation or even a decline of the welfare state as we know it.
Key note speakers: Peter Hall (Harvard University, US), Kimberly Morgan (George Washington University, US), Ann Orloff (Northwestern University, US), Bruno Palier (Director of Research, CNRS, Sciences Po, FR), Joakim Palme (University of Uppsala, SE), Chiara Saraceno (Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), DE & Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, IT)
Welfare states develop, change and adapt to changing circumstances. Long-term incremental transformations, short-term ruptures and crises have been intertwined in the making and changing of welfare states. Over the last five years welfare states have been hit by a severe financial crisis. Its effects are in various ways related to structural changes associated with globalization, immigration, generational structures, and old and new social risks. The financial
crisis has demonstrated international interdependencies and made the problems concerning the democratic legitimacy of national welfare states and European integration visible.
We open up for papers on a variety of topics related to the long- and short-term transformations of welfare states:
- Current crisis and its background, response and experience across Europe
- Relationships between trust, legitimacy and the welfare state
- Poverty and social exclusion in times of crisis
- Public pensions in hard times
- Immigration and the welfare state
- Changing demography, care and gender relations
- Challenges of comparative welfare state research
- The politics of social policy – old and new actors
- Social policy concepts, classifications and language
- Life courses, intergenerational and gender relations interacting with welfare policies
- Crises and restructuring of labour markets
- EU: the problem or the solution of the welfare state in crisis
The format of the conference is a combination of plenary keynotes given by some of the most central welfare researchers of today and paper sessions where the work of well-established researchers, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students are discussed.
Abstracts are submitted to the coordinator Heidi Haggrén (email@example.com). Abstracts should be about 200 words and sent as a Word or PDF attachment.
Deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2013 (new extended dead-line). Successful applicants will be informed by March 15, 2013. Deadline for full papers is May 10, 2013.
Participation in the conference is free of charge, including conference dinner, lunches and coffees. A limited number of travel grants will be available.
Venue: The Nordic Embassies, Rauchstr. 1, D-10787 Berlin
For further information please visit conference website
http://blogs.helsinki.fi/nord-wel/iwec2013/ or contact coordinator Heidi Haggrén (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The conference takes place at the closing phase of the Nordic Centre of Excellence Programme on Welfare Research funded by NordForsk and is organized in collaboration between NordForsk and the two Centres of Excellence NordWel and REASSESS.
NordWel, The Nordic Welfare State – Historical Foundations and Future Challenges, http://blogs.helsinki.fi/nord-wel/
REASSESS, Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model, http://www.reassess.no
Nordic Centre of Excellence NordWel
Department of Political and Economic Studies
University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 54 (Snellmaninkatu 14A)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
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