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ESPA net / RECWOWE doctoral workshop 2010

The RECWOWE/ESPANET doctoral workshop


will be devoted to

research focusing on


"The politics of employment-friendly welfare


and organized by


Sciences-Po, Collège universitaire de
Menton (south of) France, on 28-30 October 2010
The call for applications is still open until 14th of May.

In 2010, the RECWOWE doctoral workshop is devoted to research focusing
on the politics of employment-friendly welfare reforms. Activation,
employability, employment rates have become key words of national and
European employment policies over the last decades. They have also
become goals for welfare reform aimed at increasing employment rates of
older workers, (re-)conciling work and family life, increasing female
labour force participation, investing in education and training,
reducing non–wage costs in order to favour job creation, etc. Accused in
the past of hindering job creation, welfare states are being reformed to
become “employment-friendly”. Even Continental European welfare states,
once well-known for their “labour shedding” strategy, have turned to
activation and employment-friendliness. In short, what might be called
“employment-friendly welfare reforms” have become central in the social
protection policy agendas over the last decades.

During this Doctoral workshop, we would like to gather PHD students
working on “employment-friendly” welfare reforms in Europe (at national
and European levels) to come and present their work, as well as discuss
senior papers also focussing on these topics. PhD-students with projects
related to the theme of the workshop, doing comparative work, and at
least in their third year and those close to finishing, are invited to
apply for participation in this three days workshop, where they will
present a research paper and discuss their scientific work, both within
small groups and in plenary discussions. The workshop brings together a
maximum of 20 PhD researchers and a team of 9 experts in all relevant
fields (labour market changes, employment policies, unemployment
protection, pension reforms, health care reforms, care policies,
conciliation policies, issues of work/life balance, education and
training in Europe). The workshop welcomes quantitative empirical
studies in the field, as well as qualitative case studies and policy
analyses, from all social sciences. We will favour comparative work. It
can be either focused on national reforms, or on the EU policies, or both.

The Experts who will be commenting PHD papers and give lectures are:

* Giuliano Bonoli, Professor of Social policy at IDHEAP, Lausanne.
* Jochen Clasen, Professor of Comparative Social Policy in the
University of Edinburgh.
* Daniel Clegg, Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of
* Ana Guillen, Professor of Sociology, University of Oviedo, Spain,
* Silja Häusermann, researcher in comparative politics at the
University of Zurich.
* Jon Kvist, Professor at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense.
* Nathalie Morel, PHD Researcher at the Institute for Futures
Studies, Stockholm.
* Wim Van Oorschot, Professor of Sociology Department of Sociology
Tilburg University.
* Bruno Palier, CNRS researcher in Centre d'études européennes of
Sciences Po, Paris.

You can find all the information about the workshop on the RECWOWE
website: www.recwowe.eu

Alexander Goerne
ESPA net secretary

School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh

Chrystal Macmillan Building, Room 3.01
15A George Square
EH8 9LD Edinburgh
Scotland, UK

phone: 0044 131 651 3180
mail: info@espanet.org






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