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April 2020

POSTPONED: Dorota Szelewa (University College Dublin)

April 2 @ 14:00 - 15:30
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March 2020


March 19 @ 14:00 - 15:30
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POSTPONED: Clemens Kroneberg (University of Cologne)

March 12 @ 14:00 - 15:30
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POSTPONED: Elena Esposito (University of Bielefeld)

March 5 @ 14:00 - 15:30
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POSTPONED: Gemma Dipoppa (University of Pennsylvania)

March 3 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"How Criminal Organizations Expand to Strong States: Migrants' Exploitation and Vote Buying in Northern Italy"

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February 2020

POSTPONED: Belinda Hewitt (University of Melbourne)

February 27 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Stability and change in household composition and the general health of Australian Indigenous children and mothers: Evidence from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)"

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Zoltan Fazekas (Copenhagen Business School)

February 20 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Similar Citizen Portrayals? Exclusionary Media Populism in Tabloids and Broadsheets"

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Giulia Andrighetto (ISCT, Rome)

February 19 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Norm Emergence and Change in a Collective-risk Social Dilemma"

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Moti Michaeli (The Univeristy of Haifa)

February 17 @ 12:45 - 13:45

"The Vanishing Trial: a Dynamic Model with Adaptive Agents"

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Davide Barrera (University of Turin)

February 6 @ 14:00

"The effects of framing and incentives on prosocial behavior

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December 2019

Ludovica Gambaro (DIW Berlin)

5 December 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"The effect of early childhood care services on the social integration of refugee families"

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November 2019

Michel André Maréchal (University of Zurich)

28 November 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Civic Honesty Around the Globe"

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Anselm Hager (Humboldt University of Berlin)

14 November 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Protestant Missionaries and Social Capital: Experimental Evidence from South Sudan"

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October 2019

Samuel Bazzi (Boston University)

24 October 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Deterring Illegal Entry: Migrant Sanctions and Recidivism in Border Apprehensions"
jointly organised by Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano and Collegio Carlo Alberto within the Migration Observatory

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“Crises of democracy”

21 October 2019 @ 11:00 - 13:00

A graduate workshop with Adam Przeworski

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Ozan Aksoy (University College London)

10 October 2019 @ 17:00

"Some causes and consequences of Turkey’s political Islam: three natural experiments"

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June 2019

Dan Breznitz (University of Toronto)

13 June 2019 @ 15:00 - 16:30

"Innovation Agencies: Pragmatism, Strategic Logic and the Political Economy of Success"

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Kathleen Gerson (New York University) and Jerry Jacobs (University of Pennsylvania)

"Work and  Family, the New Challenges: Insights from Familialist and Liberal Welfare Regimes"

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May 2019

Sergio Lo Iacono (European University Institute)

30 May 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"The effect of trusting and trustworthy environments on the provision of public goods"

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Agnieszka Wykowska (Italian Institute for Technology, Genova)

23 May 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Social cognition in human-robot interaction"

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Marco Tosi (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

16 May 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Boomerang Kids and Parents’ Well-Being: Adaptation, Stressors and Social Norms"

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Lucas Ronconi (Centro de Investigación y Acción Social (CIAS))

9 May 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"From citizens' rights to civic responsibilities"

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April 2019

Jennifer Hook (University of Southern California – WZB Berlin)

11 April 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Explaining Women’s Employment Trajectories across Countries, 1992-2016: What Matters and for Whom?"

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Myra Hamilton (University of New South Wales)

4 April 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Migration regulation, grandparent childcare and transnational family life in Australia and Canada"

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March 2019

Petteri Eerola (University of Tampere | UTA · School of Social Sciences and Humanities)

21 March 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

“Ordinary” and “Diverse” Families? Two Discourses on Family by Finnish Childcare Administrators

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Francesca Giardini (ICS/University of Groningen)

14 March 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Gossip, reputation and sustainable cooperation"

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Sarah Carol (University of Cologne)

12 March 2019 @ 12:00 - 13:30

"Sex composition of children: Evidence from Germany"

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CANCELLED: Ludovica Gambaro (DIW Berlin – German Institute for Economic Research)

7 March 2019 @ 14:00

"Early childhood care services and refugee children: Differences in attendance and consequences for integration"

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January 2019

Sönke Matthewes (WZB Berlin, DIW Berlin & Freie Universität Berlin)

24 January 2019 @ 10:00 - 12:00

"De-Tracking at the Margin – A County-Level Difference-in-Differences Analysis of Comprehensive Schools in Germany"

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December 2018

Annabelle Berthiaume (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)

6 December 2018 @ 14:00

"The "Activation" Funnel: Mother's Involvement in Anti-Poverty Intervention in the Era of Social Investment" Abstract How anti-poverty interventions are involving mothers ? Recent redefinition of policies and programs in the social sector has been concomitant with a reconfiguration of responsibilities and responses to poverty from the state, the private sector, community organizations, families and individuals. Therefore, researchers have observed an increase of burden into two levels, namely community organizations, on the one hand, and families, in which women continue to…

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November 2018

Fabien Accominotti (London School of Economics)

22 November 2018 @ 14:00

How the Reification of Merit Breeds Inequality: Theory and Experimental Evidence Abstract: In a variety of social contexts, measuring merit and performance are crucial steps toward enforcing meritocratic ideals. At the same time, workable measures are bound to obfuscate the fuzziness and ambiguity of merit, i.e. to reify performance into an artificially crisp and clear-cut thing, such as a rating for example. This paper explores how the reification of employee performance in organizations contributes to legitimize inequality in employee compensation.…

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Camilla Gaiaschi (Univesrità di Milano)

15 November 2018 @ 14:00

"Women’s progression in medical careers parallel worsening work-conditions. A case of  gender paradox? Findings from Italy"

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Pedro Ferreira Marques (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia)

8 November 2018 @ 14:00

"Innovation in less developed regions"

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David Nicolas Hopmann (University of Southern Denmark, SDU)

5 November 2018 @ 12:00

"Comparing Political Journalism" at Campus Luigi Einaudi (Aula 3d233)

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May 2018

Camilla Borgna (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

24 May 2018 @ 14:00

"Old habits die hard? Educational inequalities in Germany after the rise of comprehensive schools" abstract Comparative research has shown that in Germany the level of intergenerational mobility in educational attainment is one of the lowest of the industrialized world. This negative record has often been attributed to the country’s rigidly tracked secondary school system. At the age of ten, students have traditionally been channeled into one of three distinct tracks that largely determine the boundaries of their future educational pathways. While…

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Andreas Schedler (Center for Economic Research and Teaching, Mexico)

17 May 2018 @ 14:30

"A Threat to Democracy? Donald Trump in Comparative Perspective" at Campus Luigi Einaudi (Sala Lauree Rossa piccola) abstract Since his irruption into the 2016 presidential contest, Donald Trump has engendered intense public debate about him representing a “threat to democracy” and herewith forming part of a wider international trend of democratic subversion by illiberal leaders. In and by itself, this debate has been momentous, as it implied the end of democratic consolidation in the US. Despite its earthshaking nature, though, its…

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Glyn Morgan (Maxwell Syracuse University)

10 May 2018 @ 14:00

"Is the European Union Imperialist?" abstract A common charge of Eurosceptics is that the project of European Integration constitutes a form of imperialism. In recent years, this charge appeared during the Eurozone Crisis, it was reiterated by “Leavers” both during and after the Brexit campaign, and it can be heard today in Hungary and Poland in the face of the EU’s efforts to enforce judicial independence and the rule of law.  The charge of imperialism has particular potency in the European…

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April 2018

Rhonda Breitkreuz (University of Alberta)

19 April 2018

"Closing the gap? Making sense of mothers’ employment in Canada" Abstract In international comparison, Canadian mothers have exceptional educational attainment and above average employment rates. However, Canadian mothers have lower employment rates and lower earnings than their male counterparts. In this lecture, I first provide an overview of the conceptualizations of mothers’ employment. I then examine the hours of employment of mothers and fathers in Canada by age of child, providing a nuanced, point-in-time empirical analysis of the labour-force configurations…

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Mara Yerkes (Utrecht University)

12 April 2018 @ 14:00

"Creating capabilities: Childcare policies in comparative perspective" Abstract This paper analyses childcare services in six countries, assessing this policy instrument’s potential to facilitate parents’ real opportunities to arrange childcare. It draws on Sen’s capability approach to investigate cross-national varieties of defamilialism and gender assumptions in a regime perspective. We seek to conceptualise and assess five key aspects of childcare provision (accessibility, availability, affordability, quality and flexibility) within the social, political and economic contexts in which parents’ real opportunities are embedded.…

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March 2018

Virginie Guiraudon (Science Po Paris)

15 March 2018 @ 14:00

"EU borders policies and its effects on migrants" abstract The “state monopolization of the legitimate control of movement” to use John Torpey’s phrase is a recent phenomenon, that can be dated back to the nineteenth century in Europe. Since the 1990s, scholars have sought to analyze the shift of policy-making to supranational venues such as Schengen and later to the EU, the enlisting of non-state actors such as transport and security companies, and third countries South of the Mediterranean. As…

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Gilles Pinson (Science Po Bordeaux)

8 March 2018 @ 14:00

"Beyond neoliberal imposition: State-local cooperation and the blending of social and economic objectives in French urban development corporations" Abstract For more than 15 years, the French central State created Etablissements publics d’aménagement in a series of major cities. These EPAs are in charge of large urban development projects mixing infrastructure, office development and housing projects and have been given formal authority over land use regulation. The similarities between French EPAs and British Urban Development Corporations created in the 1980s are…

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February 2018

Ana Marta Guillen Rodriguez (University of Oviedo, Spain)

22 February 2018 @ 14:00

"Walking in others’ shoes? Welfare reform in Germany and Southern Europe" Abstract The study analyses comparatively the trajectories of social policy reform in the four Southern European countries and Germany since the turn of the millennium. For those countries in the periphery of the Eurozone, the crisis has brought about austerity in public expenditure as well as hasty and harsh institutional reshaping of the labour market and welfare provisions. Conversely, in Germany, the crisis has provided a test for the…

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Ben Stanley (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities)

8 February 2018 @ 14:00

"Voting Populist or Just Voting for Populists? A Comparative Analysis of Populist Attitudes and Vote Choice in Central and Eastern Europe" Abstract This paper uses data from a new survey on populism and voting behaviour in eight countries of Central and Eastern Europe to examine the relationship between populist attitudes, ideological attitudes, and voting behaviour. In keeping with the 'pathological normalcy' theory of populism (Mudde 2010), we find that populist attitudes are commonplace rather than ‘niche’ in character, and that…

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Simona Guerra (University of Leicester)

1 February 2018 @ 14:00

"Public Euroscepticism after the 2016 British referendum: Unleashing emotion" abstract What is Euroscepticism? This presentation will explore how the study of public Euroscepticism has changed since the EU fifth enlargement (2004-07) and the recent British referendum. It is widely accepted that social learning, interaction and political communication have a significant impact on individual political opinions and behaviours. Emotion can influence cognitive capacities of citizens when challenged with a choice that intersect their position in both the personal and public domains…

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December 2017

Karoly Takacs (Corvinus, University of Budapest)

18 December 2017 @ 14:15

"Dynamics of Multiplex Networks in Schools" abstract Previous research has looked at the dynamics of social networks mainly in the context of friendship relations. In this seminar, the benefits of studying social network dynamics in multiplex dimensions are illustrated using social network panel data from Hungarian schools. By taking into account positive as well as negative relations between pupils in the classroom, we demonstrate how social relations evolve towards structural balance. Status attributions modify balance-related processes, but direct status attributions…

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Sandro Cattacin (Université de Genève)

14 December 2017 @ 14:00

"Unexpected Inclusions: Migration, Mobility and the Open City" abstract Self-organisation of migrant association, independent civil society initiatives and established ritualised practices of inclusion in the city occur outside formal migration and integration policies and improve the dynamics of belonging and peaceful coexistence between the established and newcomers. Rather than crisis discourses, we are interested in routinised and spontaneous inclusion processes. With our understanding of the city as a continuously recomposing place of inclusive histories where mobility is the motor of transformation,…

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November 2017

Luc Boltanski (EHESS Paris)

30 November 2017 @ 09:30

"ENRICHISSEMENT. Une critique de la marchandise" at CLE

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Pekka Sulkunen (Università of Helsinki)

16 November 2017 @ 14:00

"Common Good, Common Interest – Public Good, Public Interest. What Do We Promote (and Prevent) with Lifestyle Regulation Policies?" abstract Lifestyle risks account for a major part of the global burden on health as well as on welfare and security. The oldest part of welfare state institutions and policies have been directed at lifestyle issues: sexuality and the family, consumption (sumptuary laws, substance use and smoking regulations, nutrition policies, youth work), and security at work, traffic and home. Four target…

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Daniela Debono (European University Institute)

9 November 2017 @ 14:00

"Twisting and turning: Moral deliberations of borderworkers on the EU’s Mediterranean external border" ABSTRACT Borderworkers challenge the dominant notion of the ‘humanitarian border’ and in so doing, their portrayal as ‘cogs in the wheel’. This is significant since institutional actors position themselves along the humanitarian-security axis. Borderworkers as frontline field personnel working ‘on the ground’ with incoming migrants give a different rendition of the border system and how it works, due to their strategic location in the system. Their narratives…

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October 2017

Stefania Marino (University of Manchester)

26 October 2017 @ 14:00

"Trade unions action in segmented labour markets: migrant care work in the UK and the NL" abstract The recent ‘Brexit’ decision by the UK has provided a strong illustration of a widespread negative perception of immigration and migrant labour as detrimental to welfare resources and decent employment conditions. However, this debate has often ignored political responsibilities in terms of immigration policy as well as the role of the regulatory actors to preserve decent terms and conditions of employment. This paper…

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Sonja Vogt (University of Oxford)

12 October 2017 @ 14:00

"The seduction of applied conformity with female genital cutting as an example" abstract Female genital cutting puts millions at risk of serious health problems throughout life. It is an ancient practice based on deeply embedded cultural attitudes that are difficult to change. In many countries, female genital cutting continues to be widespread even though governments and development agencies have been promoting its abandonment for decades. An estimated 3,000,000 girls continue to be at risk of cutting each year. We developed…

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June 2017

Hadas Mandel (Tel Aviv University)

8 June 2017 @ 14:00

"Cross-Country Comparison of Individual and Structural Aspects of Gender Inequality" abstract The comparative research of long-term trends largely neglects structural mechanisms of gender inequality, i.e. the gender bias in which jobs and activities are evaluated and rewarded. I argue that as more women become integrated in positions of power, the stronger the role of structural elements is likely to become. However, because these are less visible and amenable to empirical assessment, they are under-researched compared to individual aspects, and are…

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May 2017

Klaus Armingeon (University of Bern)

25 May 2017 @ 14:00

"Austerity. Where and when democratic politics still matters" Abstract In 2010-2015 almost all democratic countries pursued austerity, i.e. they attempted to reduce public deficits. We study the political strategies and options of governments during austerity periods using a new data set on austerity during 2010-2015 for 30 democratic nations. We ask where and when democratic politics matter in designing and implementing austerity since the Sovereign debt crisis. Our main findings is that austerity policy is determined by economic forces and…

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Alison Koslowski (University of Edimburgh)

18 May 2017 @ 14:00

"Fathers at work: explaining the gaps between entitlement to leave and flexible working policies and their uptake" abstract Much workplace support to parents offered by employers in the United Kingdom is gender neutral in design, but fathers’ usage rates are generally very low and far below that of mothers. Why are fathers unlikely to use the full range of leave benefits available to them following the birth of a child? The paper addresses this question empirically using a mixed-methods design…

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Stefania Ravazzi (University of Torino)

11 May 2017 @ 14:00

"Deliberative minipublics and policy making. A comparison of two deliberative processes on highly controversial issues" abstract Over the last few decades, deliberative minipublics have been used as inclusive and innovative practices to integrate traditional policy-making. Because of their policy-oriented aim, but also owing to the usually not legally-binding nature, some scholars have recently pointed out the importance of understanding how and to what extent they actually manage to influence the decisions of public authorities, especially when they deal with highly controversial…

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Anton Hemerijk (European University Institute)

9 May 2017 @ 11:00 - 13:00

Open Lecture: "The Uses of Social Investment" abstract Over the past years, the notion of social investment gained considerable traction in scholarly debates over welfare state futures. While social investment policy prescriptions have been progressively taken seriously in domestic social reform, evident by significant convergence and spending hikes on social investment policies in areas of childcare and family policy, active labour market and reintegration services, across the Member States of the European Union (EU), most scholars of the welfare state…

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Jacqueline O’Reilly (University of Brighton)

4 May 2017 @ 14:00

"Five Characteristics of Youth Unemployment in Europe. Flexibility, Education, Migration, Family Legacies, and EU Policy" at Campus Luigi Einaudi, aula 3D440 abstract Current levels of youth unemployment need to be understood in the context of increased labor market flexibility, an expansion of higher education, youth migration, and family legacies of long-term unemployment. Compared with previous recessions, European-wide policies and investments have significantly increased with attempts to support national policies. By mapping these developments and debates, we illustrate the different factors…

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April 2017

Livia Garcia Faroldi (Universidad de Malaga)

27 April 2017 @ 14:00

"The gap between work-family preferences and employment trajectories of mothers in 12 countries" Abstract This study examines the consistency between attitudes towards maternal employment and the actual employment trajectories of partnered mothers in 12 Western and non-Western countries. We compared what mothers considered the best option (working full time, part time or staying at home) for a woman with a child under school age and once the child has begun school and what these women did when they became mothers.…

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Jürg Steiner (University of Bern)

20 April 2017 @ 14:00

"Deliberation across Deep Divisions" abstract In group discussions of any kind there tends to be an up and down in the level of deliberation. To capture this dynamic we coined the concept of Deliberative Transformative Moments (DTM). In deeply divided societies deliberation is particularly important in order to arrive at peace and stability, but deliberation is also very difficult to be attained. Therefore, we wanted to learn about the conditions that in group discussions across the deep divisions of such societies help deliberation. We organized…

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March 2017

Delia Baldassarri (New York University)

30 March 2017 @ 14:00

"Interethnic Relationships in Contemporary Communities: How does diversity affect solidarity and cooperation?" abstract The increasingly multiethnic nature of modern societies has spurred academic interest in the consequences of diversity. Recently, social scientists have linked ethnoracial diversity to undesirable outcomes, most notably, low levels of social capital, civic engagement, and cooperation. In my presentation, I challenge the current conception and measurement ofdiversity and invite scholars to rethink social capital in complex societies.First, I reproduce the analysis of Putnam (2007) and show that the association…

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Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI)

23 March 2017 @ 15:00

"Old versus new politics: The political spaces in Southern Europe in times of crises" at Campus Luigi Einaudi (classroom E2) abstract The presentation focuses on the party political spaces in four Southern European countries (i.e. Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain) since the onset of the Euro crisis. To understand the emerging conflict structures, it argues for the need to consider that these countries simultaneously face an economic crisis and a political crisis and that both crises have strong domestic and European…

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John Gal & Idit Weiss (Tel Aviv University)

9 March 2017 @ 14:00

"Exploring the Engagement of Social Workers in Social Policy" abstract Social workers are the professionals most associated with the modern welfare state and with its social policies.  These professionals are generally regarded as primarily street-level bureaucrats who implement the social policies determined by decision-makers.  However, a key ethos of the social work profession is that its members further social justice through, what has been termed, “policy practice”.  In other words, social workers are formally committed to furthering the welfare of…

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Giulia Dotti Sani and Matteo Luppi (CCA)

2 March 2017 @ 14:00

"How long is too long? Long-term effects of maternity-related job interruptions on mothers’ income in 10 European countries" abstract This article asks whether work interruptions due to childbearing and rearing have long-term effects on mothers’ absolute and relative income in later life in ten European countries. Previous studies have found significant differences in earned income among prime age women and men, mothers and fathers, with mothers earning significantly less than men and childless women, both in absolute and relative terms.…

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February 2017

Moreno Mancosu (CCA)

23 February 2017 @ 14:00

"The nature and diffusion of conspiracy theories in Italy: an exploratory analysis" abstract Anecdotal evidence suggests that believing in conspiracy theories is widespread in the Italian public opinion, impacting dramatically on a number of aspects of the public debate. So far, little empirical evidence has been collected to assess the spread of beliefs in conspiracy theories and to test similarities and differences with other countries. This paper aims at assessing the quantitative diffusion of conspiracist ideation among the Italians and testing several fundamental hypotheses,…

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Wing Chan (UCL)

16 February 2017 @ 14:00

"Dynamics of income inequality in China in a comparative perspective" abstract In this paper, we use recent, high quality and nationally representative household panel data to explore the dynamics of income inequality and mobility in China, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Consistent with previous research, we report very high level of income inequality in China. Indeed, in the cross-section, net household income is significantly more unequally distributed in China than in the US, let alone European countries.…

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André Bächtiger (Universität Stuttgart)

2 February 2017 @ 14:00

"Measuring and Mapping Deliberation: Empirical and Conceptual Advances"

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December 2016

Bruno Cousin (Université de Lille)

15 December 2016 @ 14:00

"Self-segregation, sociability and the internationalization of European upper classes"

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November 2016

Georg Menz (Goldsmiths University of London)

24 November 2016 @ 14:00

"Constructing Response Strategies to the Euro Crisis: Groupthink, Identity and Ideas in Decision-Making" abstract The response strategy to the crisis of the single currency came with some delay and was shaped by the respective positions of national governments. There was considerable disunity and disagreement at that level. These disagreements stemmed from ideas about different conceptions regarding the governance of the single currency and varying perceptions of its symbolic value. However, in repeated rounds of interaction, a consensus solution emerged that…

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Teresa Martin Garcia (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales)

17 November 2016

"Women’s and men’s education and partnership formation: Does the field of education matter?" Abstract Using data from the Gender and Generation Survey, this study explores the effect of field of education on first union formation for women and men born since the 1960s in Norway, Austria, Belgium and Poland. Educational attainment is known to influence differently the union patterns of men and women. These differences in partnership formation have been traditionally explained using the economic interpretation of education. We suggest…

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October 2016

Tiziana Nazio (CCA)

27 October 2016

"Institutional clocks and family structures on the organization of care for children in Italy" Abstract Using time-use data for Italy (2008-09), on a sample of around 3.800 households with children below 14, this paper assesses the differences in the amount of time parents devote to childcare in differently shaped family structures (marital or cohabiting union, single parent and blended family), and how in turn family structure reflects in children’s time use (in which activities and with whom they spend time).…

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Birgit Pfau-Effinger (University of Hamburg)

20 October 2016 @ 15:00

"The Contribution of Cultural Change to Welfare State Change - Tracing Cultural Processes" at Campus Einaudi (CLE) Abstract The presentation aims to discuss the question: How can cultural change contribute to institutional change in welfare state institutions? The role of ideas for institutional change is increasingly discussed. The focus is usually on the ideas that are relevant in the field of political actors. The presentation introduces a more comprehensive and multi-level theoretical  approach to the role of culture for welfare state…

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Davide Barrera (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

6 October 2016 @ 14:00

"Social Support and Network Composition of the Elderly in Europe"

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June 2016

Barbara Risman (University of Illinois at Chicago)

23 June 2016 @ 14:00

"From Sex Roles to Gender Structure: Understanding Inequality for Social Change" at Campus Einaudi (CLE), Dept of Cultures, politics and society, 3rd floor, room D233 abstract This talk has three  major goals.  First, I provide a succinct intellectual history of research and theorizing about gender in the social sciences in the 20th Century until today.  I do this to provide a baseline for the introduction of  my argument that gender is a social structure.  Second, I propose a theoretical framework for conceptualizing…

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May 2016

Ute Klammer (Univ of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

19 May 2016 @ 15:30

"Gender, employment biographies and EU employment and social policy strategies" abstract Within the European Union, a number of demographic trends such as low fertility, rising life expectancy and the aging of the population have widely been discussed. Looking at the labour market, it can be observed that unemployment, the rise of precarious jobs and the trend towards more discontinuous working biographies have been in the focus. These developments also raise new questions concerning social protection. Within the European Employment Strategy,…

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Alexandre Afonso (Univ. of Leiden, Netherlandes)

12 May 2016 @ 15:30

"Institutional Change in South European Labour Market Regimes After the Crisis" abstract This paper seeks to map and compare change in labour markets regimes in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece in the aftermath of the financial crisis. While the extent of austerity policies in terms of fiscal retrenchment in these countries has been the subject of much interest, we still lack an overall picture of change in the areas of employment protection, income compensation, minimum wages, education and collective bargaining , and how reforms pushed by international financial institutions…

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Christoph Scherrer (Univ. of Kassel, Germany)

5 May 2016 @ 14:00

"The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Limiting Policy Space?" abstract The EU currently negotiates with the USA a comprehensive trade and investment agreement. The talk will provide a brief overview of the objectives, the differences between the trading partners, and the likely outcome of the negotiations. It will focus on the question to what extent the TTIP might limit policy space in the field of finance, consumer protection and labor. Lastly, it will argue that Europe's Southern Periphery stands…

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Armando Barrientos (University of Manchester)

3 May 2016 @ 14:00

"Social Assistance in Developing Countries: Progress, innovations, and challenges?" abstract Since the turn of the century, large-scale programmes providing regular and reliable direct transfers to households in poverty have mushroomed in in low- and middle-income countries. By 2010, conservative estimates indicate that around one billion people in low- and middle-income countries lived in households receiving antipoverty transfers. Discussions leading to the Sustainable Development Goals noted their contribution to the reduction of global poverty. The expansion of social assistance represents domestic…

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April 2016

Brent Simpson (University of South Carolina)

28 April 2016 @ 15:30

"Moral Judgments, Material Sanctions, and Collective Action" at Campus Luigi Einaudi (Room 3D233) Abstract In group settings individuals can often benefit more by free-riding, letting others make costly contributions to collective efforts. The threat of free-riding makes the marshalling of cooperation from group members a fundamental challenge of social life. Drawing on classical sociological theory, we propose that moral judgments are critical tools by which group members deter free-riding. Prior research on peer sanctioning, however, has overwhelmingly focused on material…

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Anton Hemerijck (VU University, Amsterdam)

26 April 2016 @ 11:00 - 13:00

"Welfare states in transition and E(M)U crisis management. The imperative of a post-neoliberal consensus" (Note: the seminar is on Tuesday) Abstract Half a decade after the Euro crisis, the EU is in dire need of a growth strategy that is – all at once – economically viable, politically legitimate and thus seen as socially fair. Without a strategic focus on an inclusive labour markets, helping to ease the employment transitions for working families, undergirded by comprehensive safety net and strongly supported…

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Giuliano Bonoli (Univ of Lausanne)

21 April 2016 @ 14:00

"The signaling value of labor market programs" Abstract This paper investigates how employers interpret participation in active labor market programs for hiring decisions. Drawing on signaling theory, we assume that employers use program participation as a signal for a candidate’s qualities. On the basis of a factorial survey experiment, we simulated a hiring process for two job positions in the hotel sector. Recruiters were asked to evaluate fictional candidates that differ, among other characteristics, in their participation in active labor…

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Teresa Cappiali (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

14 April 2016 @ 14:00

"Challenges and Opportunities for Immigrant Workers Organizing in the Globalized Economy: Case Studies from Italy and Spain" abstract This talk focuses on key theoretical issues to examine the challenges and opportunities of migrant workers organizing in the globalized economy from a national comparative perspective. It builds on Adler et al.’s (2014) work on mobilizations by migrant workers and their supporters in the UK, Germany, France and the US. These authors examine barriers to participation faced by immigrant workers (both documented and…

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CANCELLED: Blanca Garcés Mascareñas (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

7 April 2016 @ 14:00

"Deservingness frames on citizenship: what gives the right to have rights" abstract In this presentation I will discuss how the boundary between citizens and non-citizens is constantly negotiated at the formal policy and discursive level. By analysing immigration and integration policies as well as current political debates on immigrants and refugees in Europe, I will consider what makes a foreigner a more or less deserving citizen or, using Hannah Arendt's words, what gives the right to have rights. I will…

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March 2016

Thomas Paster (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

31 March 2016 @ 14:00

"Business and Politics: A Relationship of Dominance or of Adaptation?" abstract How influential are business interest groups in politics? Scholars in the field of business and politics try to understand the causes and mechanisms of business influence, such as lobbying, elite networks, political donations, and structural dependence of governments on investments. Thereby, research creates a picture of influence going in only one direction: from business interest groups to politics. In this presentation I argue that thereby we miss an important…

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Bea Cantillon (University of Antwerp, Antwerpen)

17 March 2016 @ 14:00

"Reconceptualizing the welfare state. An empirical investigation of its growing symbiosis and contradiction with capitalism in rich European democracies." abstract The welfare state is often seen too narrowly as a 'moral economy': capitalism with a social face, forged by harsh social conflict. However, the welfare state is also an important way to support the capitalist mode of production. Over the past four decades, we perceive the slow emergence of a new era of the welfare state. Using spending data, standard…

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Giulia Dotti Sani (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

3 March 2016 @ 14:00

"Two hearts and a loan? Employment insecurity, income and mortgage access among young couples in six European countries" Abstract  Homeownership is increasingly being understood by policy makers and social scientists as a fundamental asset against poverty risks, especially in times of economic uncertainty. Yet, in several Western countries, access to homeownership among younger generations appears to have become increasingly difficult. This article uses multinomial logistic models and three waves of nationally representative EU-SILC data (2010, 2011 and 2012) from six European…

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February 2016

David Stark (Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology, Columbia University)

26 February 2016 @ 11:00

"Challenging the Smooth Flow to Calamity: How Ethnic Diversity Deflates Price Bubbles" at Campus Einaudi (CLE), Dept of Cultures, politics and society, 3rd floor, room D233

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Javier Moreno Fuentes (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid)

18 February 2016 @ 14:00

"Immigrant populations and the economic crisis in Spain. The role of the Welfare State" Abstract The economic crisis severely deteriorated the socio-economic situation of immigrant populations in Spain over the last years. Often pushed to the margins of the labor market, they survive with informal jobs in the underground economy and with a precarious access to social protection schemes. This paper aims at analyzing the way in which the crisis has affected the social rights of populations of migrant origin…

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Matteo Luppi (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

11 February 2016 @ 14:00

"Dependency and Poverty. The effect of LTC spending on dependent elderly people and their families' income" Abstract This work examines the economic conditions of dependent elderly people and their families in order to investigate the existence of a relation between the condition of dependence and the risk of falling into poverty. For this purpose, we divide the research in two phases. In the first phase, based on the recent reform processes that have interested the European long term care (LTC)…

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Tiziana Caponio (University of Torino and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

4 February 2016 @ 14:00

"Immigrant Integration beyond National Policies? Italian Cities Participation in Transnational Cities Networks" Abstract In the literature on the local dimension of migration policy-making, one can see an emerging interest towards transnational cities networks (TCNs). Networks such as Eurocities can represent policy venues that go beyond the limits of vertical relations between national governments and local authorities to directly lobby EU institutions. Futhermore, TCNs can offer opportunities for policy exchange and learning, leading to the diffusion of policy innovations and best…

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November 2015

Teresa Jurado Guerrero (UNED, Madrid)

26 November 2015 @ 14:00

"Fathering in Construction: What favours a positive paternal involvement in the Spanish context?" abstract Positive paternal involvement (Pleck and Masciadrelli 2004) has become an important concept in research on new ways of fathering and its consequences for child development.  This presentation draws on data of the Spanish case of the international TransParent research project and is summary of a chapter in a recently published book in Spanish. In Spain 68 dual-income couples in four Spanish towns were interviewed while expecting…

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Carlo Ruzza (University of Trento)

19 November 2015 @ 14:00

"Populism and institutionalisation in ethno-nationalist parties"

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Klaus Armigeon (University of Bern) and Stefano Sacchi (University of Milan)

12 November 2015 @ 14:00

"Three ways to Austerity" Abstract In 2010-2014, 26 of 31 democratic countries pursued austerity: they consolidated a lean state (Switzerland) or planned to cut back deficits (25 nations, among them Germany, Portugal and Italy). Why do democratic governments embark on austerity policies? A statistical analysis shows that the extent of deficits change is mainly a function of the previous level of deficits and the interest rates on government bonds. The higher the interest rates and the deficits, the stronger the…

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Francesco Ramella (University of Torino)

5 November 2015 @ 14:30

"South European Countries’ Systems of Innovation in Hard Times" at Campus Einaudi (CLE), Dept of Cultures, politics and society, 3rd floor, room D233

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October 2015

Moreno Mancosu (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

22 October 2015 @ 14:00

"The strength of weak political ties: Discussion networks and the diffusion of Movimento 5 Stelle in 2013 Italian Elections" Abstract The article aims to analyze the development of vote intentions for a new populist party, Movimento 5 Stelle (the 5 Star Movement), during the campaign for the 2013 Italian general election. The party, headed by a former comedian, Beppe Grillo, gained 25% of valid votes in the election, thus becoming the largest party in the Italian political landscape. Using rolling…

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Monica Ferrin (Collegio Carlo Alberto and University of Zurich)

15 October 2015 @ 14:00

"Strengthening limits to mobility? The Economic crisis and EU citizens' mobility"   Abstract This paper is an attempt to study intra-EU mobility in a context of economic crisis, taking into consideration two opposite forces, i.e.: one which strongly favours it from the European level (and the economic crisis); and another one which tends to be advocate for a higher control and restriction of internal EU mobility (member states’ national politics). The paper first starts by providing a descriptive analysis of…

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Karen A. Shire (University Duisburg-Essen)

8 October 2015 @ 14:00

"Family Policy Shifts and the Creation of a Market for Domestic and Care Work in Germany" abstract The introduction of tax credits for purchases of personal, household, and most recently elderly care services is aimed both at supporting dual-earner households and creating jobs in household services. In this talk, recent shifts in German family policy are analysed, especially in relation to how family support polices are tied to creating a new market for household services and job creation aimed at…

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May 2015

Isabela Mares (Columbia University)

28 May 2015 @ 14:00

"Vote-buying and coercion in elections: experimental evidence from Eastern Europe"

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Robert Hancke (LSE)

21 May 2015 @ 14:00

"The missing link: Labour unions, central banks and monetary integration in Europe" Abstract This paper examines the problems of the single currency in light of the organization of labour relations in the member-states and their interaction with monetary policies. Continental (western) Europe consists of two very different systems of employment and labour relations, roughly coinciding with ‘coordinated market economies’ (CME) in the north-west of the continent, and ‘Mixed Market Economies’ in the south. These differences in employment relations and wage-setting…

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Angela Garcia Calvo (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

14 May 2015 @ 14:00

"Institutions and upgrading strategies in the global economy: a comparative analysis of Spain and Korea" abstract This talk presents the preliminary argument of a book that examines the roles of states and large firms in fostering economic upgrading in the context of late industrialising, advanced, but not world-leading economies. The empirical analysis is based on comparison between Spain and Korea’s strategies for economic transformation between 1985 and 2009. These two countries embody the characteristics of non-leading peripheral economies. They industrialised…

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Carol Mershon

7 May 2015 @ 14:00

"Formal Modeling for Substantive Social Research: The Place of Narratives  in Linking Theory to Models" abstract This talk grows out of Mershon's book manuscript, _Formal Modeling for Substantive Research_, co-authored with Olga Shvetsova. The talk and the book focus on the methodology of using formal models as a systematic component in research design in political science.  I offer an illustration of our approach with an example of an empirical case from the public policy subfield. A neutral information item gives…

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