The World Politics of Social Investment

Conference at LIEPP, Sciences  Po
Paris – June 29, 2018

Organized by:
Julian L. Garritzmann (University of Konstanz / University of Zurich)
Silja Häusermann (University of Zurich)
Bruno Palier (Sciences Po, Paris)

Important note: To use our joint time most effectively, we ask  all participants  to read all papers in advance. The papers will be presented only very briefly by the discussants. That is, we will go by the “Korpi-rule”: paper-givers will not (!) presented their own papers. Discussants will present and comment on the papers. Discussants have 15-20 min to present and discuss the paper. We assigned 50 mins for each paper so that we have plenty of time for discussion. The main idea for the workshop is not for authors to ‘defend’ their papers, but rather to get as much feedback as possible to further improve the papers and the coherence of the books.

(Download here the program of the conference)


THURSDAY, JUNE 28th 2018      

  •  Arrival of participants
  • Conference dinner at 19.00 at… (information to follow)


FRIDAY,  JUNE 29th 2018 

8.30 – 9.00     Welcome & Presentation of WOPSI frame & outline

9.00 – 9.50     Chapter 3: The Role of Public Opinion in the Politics of Social Investment in Western Europe 
Marius R. Busemeyer & Julian L. Garritzmann   
Chapter presented and discussed by Reto Bürgisser  

9.50 – 10.40     Chapter 4: Southern Europe: Childcare and Activation on the Social Policy Agendas
Reto Bürgisser
Chapter presented and discussed by Marius Busemeyer      

10.40 – 10.50     Coffee break 

10.50 – 11.40     Chapter 5: Southern Europe: The difficult Politics of Social Investment Reforms
Stefano Ronchi & Patrik Vesan
Chapter presented and discussed by Triin Lauri

11.40 – 12.30     Chapter 6: The Baltic States: Human Capital Investment as a New Element in the Social Policy Agenda and the Politics of Reform
Triin Lauri & Anu Toots
Chapter presented and discussed by Patrik Vesan

12.30 – 14.00     Lunch at… (information to follow)         

14.00 – 14.50     Chapter 7: Social Investment in the Visegrad Countries: Agendas and Politics
Dorota Szelewa & Michał Polakowski
Chapter presented and discussed by Sonja Avlijaš    

14.50 –  15.40     Chapter 8: Explaining the Constrasting Trajectories of Baltics and Visegrad Countries
Sonja Avlijaš 
Chapter presented and discussed by Dorota Szelewa   

15.40 – 16.00     Closing remarks  


  • Participants depart Friday evening or Saturday