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We are happy to announce that several project-related papers and panels have been admitted to the following conferences:

26th International Conference of Europeanists (CES), Madrid, June 20-22, 2019:

9th Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association (EPSA), Belfast, June 20-22, 2019:

115th American Political Science Assiciation's Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Washington DC, August 29-September 1, 2019:

  • Friday, August 30th, 8:00 - 9:30
    "The Limits of Solidarity. Political coalitions around distributive priorities", Silja Häusermann, Macarena Ares, Matthias Enggist, and Michael Pinggera
  • Saturday, August 31st, 16:00 - 17:30
    "Cross-pressured Parties. Position Blurring in Two-dimensional Welfare Politics", Matthias Enggist and Michael Pinggera
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Please do not hesitate to approach us for additional information.

Today, Prof. Silja Häusermann holds a talk at the University of Cologne. Her presentation titled "Rethinking social policy conflict as politics
of priorities" introduces the general argument of the welfare priorities project saying that welfare state growth and cultural realignment have transformed welfare politics. Analysing actors' priorities rather than only positions reveals new divides, such as investment-consumption and welfare chauvinism, in today's welfare politics.

We have started elite interviews with German political parties and social partners. We aim to gather information about their welfare positions and priorities in order to understand what political parties and social partners think about how social policy should be reformed and to whose needs it should respond in times of increasing demands and finite resources. We are very grateful to each representative who devotes time to our survey and shares his/her point of view with us.

Silja Häusermann has been interviewed for the German Newspaper "Tagesspiegel". She talked about social democracy, the new middle class, and multidimensional welfare politics:

"Es gibt einen neuen Konflikt über die Prioritäten des Sozialstaates, der aber weniger ökonomisch, sondern vielmehr gesellschaftspolitisch bedeutsam ist. Es geht nicht einfach um mehr oder weniger Sozialstaat, sondern um die Form des Sozialstaates, um die Frage, welche Gesellschaft von diesem Sozialstaat unterstützt und auch gestaltet werden soll."

>> read interview (in German)

Prof. Silja Häusermann was invited to hold a talk at the University of Vienna this week. Her presentation titled "Rethinking social policy conflict as politics
of priorities" introduced the general argument of the welfare priorities project saying that welfare state growth and cultural realignment have transformed welfare politics. Analysing actors' priorities rather than only positions reveals new divides, such as investment-consumption and welfare chauvinism, in today's welfare politics.

Silja Häusermann today had the chance to present her research and the first findings from the project in the Tuesday Colloquium workshop at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (WIKO). Currently staying at WIKO as a fellow, she has held a talk on “The Transformation of Welfare Politics in Western Europe”. Find an abstract of the talk and more information about Silja Häusermann at the Wissenschaftskolleg here.

Matthias Enggist and Michael Pinggera presented their papers "Who Prioritizes Welfare Entitlements for Immigrants?" and "Which Policies to Emphasise? Partisan Welfare Politics in Advanced Capitalism" at the Conference of the Research Section „Comparative Politics“ of the German Political Science Association in Munich last week.

Both would like to thank their discussants Eva-Maria Euchner (discussing Matthias' paper) and Mikko Kuisma (discussing Michael's paper) for the excellent comments. The papers will benefit greatly from the inputs they received.

March 22, 14h00, Panel 10: European Welfare States after Crisis: Actor Centred Approaches to the Politics of Exclusive Solidarity, Room H.003:
"The importance of welfare chauvinism", Matthias Enggist

March 22, 15h45, Panel 10: European Welfare States after Crisis: Actor Centred Approaches to the Politics of Exclusive Solidarity, Room H.003:
"Which Policies to Emphasise? Partisan Welfare Politics in Advanced Capitalism", Michael Pinggera

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We are happy to announce that several project-related papers and panels have been admitted to the following conferences:

  • 26th International Conference of Europeanists (CES), Madrid, June 20-22, 2019
  • 9th Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association (EPSA), Belfast, June 20-22, 2019
  • 115th American Political Science Assiciation's Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Washington DC, August 29-September 1, 2019

We will keep you updated about the exact day and time of our presentations. Please do not hesitate to approach us for additional information.

Today, Prof. Silja Häusermann has held a talk at the Berlin Social Science Center. Under the title "Rethinking social policy conflict as politics of priorities" she presented the general argument of the welfare priorities project and talked about the politics of welfare reform today and particularly about the 2nd dimension politics of welfare and the implications for social democratic parties.

We are happy to announce that our papers "Class and social policy in the knowledge society" and "Who Prioritizes Welfare Entitlements for Immigrants?" have been admitted to the SPSA annual conference in Zurich.

February 15, 10h30, Session 3: Priorities and Preferences towards Fiscal Policies and the Welfare State in the Aftermath of the Great Recession, Room HG D 7.2:
"Class and social policy in the knowledge society", Silja Häusermann, Michael Pinggera, Macarena Ares, and Matthias Enggist

February 15, 14h30, Session 4a: Politics, Media and Class Voting, Room HG D 3.2:
"Who Prioritizes Welfare Entitlements for Immigrants?", Matthias Enggist

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Our public opinion survey, which is one of the main data sources in this project, is completed now. After having fielded our survey in Germany and the UK in October 2018, we continued in Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands in November and December 2018. We have obtained replies from about 1’500 respondents in each of our eight countries leaving us with a total sample of 12’506 observations.
We would like to thank the survey company “bilendi” and its staff for an efficient and uncomplicated collaboration.
Now, we are very excited to delve into our data, to explore the welfare priorities of Western European publics and to run some first analyses.

Today we have sent out an invitation to all MPs of the Danish Folketing to take part in our survey of parliamentarians. We ask MPs about their welfare positions and priorities in order to understand what policy-makers and different political parties think about how social policy should be reformed and to whose needs it should respond in times of increasing demands and finite resources. Furthermore, we are also interested in how MPs evaluate the welfare priorities of their voters.
We hope for an active participation of the MPs and are very grateful to each parliamentarian who devotes time to our survey and shares his/her point of view with us.

The two PhD candidates within the project, Michael Pinggera and Matthias Enggist, have successfully presented their respective proposals for their PhD projects in the PhD Colloquium jointly organized by the Department of Political Science (University of Zürich) and the Center for Comparative and International Studies (ETH Zürich).

...continue reading "Two PhD Projects Successfully Presented"

Our project had the chance to participate at the Fifth International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Social Sciences (IMEBESS 2018) in Florence this week. We presented a paper on the measurement of citizens’ social policy priorities (read here) and could benefit greatly from feedback and discussion. Especially, we would like to thank Juan Fernández for his very helpful comments.