Past Events

Warfare and the welfare state

International Seminar
2014-06-05

The aim of this lecture is to outline an agenda for a comparative analysis of the warfare -welfare state nexus. By distinguishing between three different phases (war preparation, warfare, and post-war period) it provides an overview of possible causal mechanisms linking war and the welfare state and provides preliminary empirical evidence for war waging, occupied and neutral countries in the age of mass warfare stretching from ca. the 1860s to the 1960s.

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Cleavages and conflicts in aging societies

International Seminar
2014-05-15

The ‘social question’ dominating the end of the 19th century was the integration of the industrial workers, in other words, the pacification of class conflict. At the beginning of the 21st century, class conflict seems to be defunct and its place taken over by generational conflict. It emerges from historical watersheds and from economic, demographic and cultural changes that create cleavages between generations.

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On actor- and system-security

International Seminar
2014-04-10

Social security policies and instruments are seen as parts of a wider social setting providing a (more or less) stable and viable socio-political and socio-economic context for citizens’ lives (‘system-security’). The interesting empirical questions this perspective leads to are twofold. Firstly, how secure do people actually feel when it comes to their socio-economic status? And secondly, to what degree do social security policies and instruments positively affect such feelings?

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Do business interests sustain the welfare state?

International Seminar
2014-03-20

This talk discusses the reasons for this exceptionally moderate role of Austrian employers. I suggest that the institutional setup of interest representation in Austria explains this stance better than alternative explanations that focus on competitive advantages. These institutional features are compulsory membership, equal voting rights and encompassing organization.

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Skills and inequality

International Seminar
2014-01-16

The first part of the presentation explains the emergence of these development paths by highlighting the role of partisan politics in interaction with different institutional contexts. The second part discusses how educational institutions affect contemporary patterns of social inequality and popular attitudes towards education policy and the welfare state.

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