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May 2015

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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April 2015

Tina Miller (Oxford Brookes University)

30 April 2015 @ 14:00

"Falling back into Gender? Men's Narratives and Practices around First-time Fatherhood"

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Maurizio Carbone (University of Glasgow)

23 April 2015 @ 14:00

"Explaining variation of EU effectiveness in international development negotiations" abstract This article analyses the role played by the European Union in the changing development architecture, focusing on the negotiation and conclusion of four high-level forums on aid effectiveness, held in Rome (2003), Paris (2005), Accra (2008) and Busan (2011). Drawing on published and unpublished material and 32 interviews with senior officials involved in these international negotiations, it reaches two main conclusions. First, EU internal effectiveness does not always translate into EU external…

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Vasillis Monastiriotis

16 April 2015 @ 14:00

"The Greek euro-crisis: between government failure and failed government" abstract The presentation seeks to provide an analytical account of the Greek crisis that goes beyond simple and partial explanations of the crisis, which typically focus selectively either on domestic problems and weaknesses (fiscal laxity, corruption, weak administrative capacities, reform resistance) or on external and systemic factors (the ‘asymmetry’ of the Eurozone, the recipe of austerity, German ordo-liberalism, the EMU architecture). It frames the crisis as a unique combination of government…

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March 2015

Lucinda Fonseca (Lisbon University)

26 March 2015 @ 14:00

"Feedback in international migration: Brazilian and Ukrainian migration to Portugal" abstract After the remarkable migration inflows that occurred during the late 1990s and early 2000s, Brazilians and Ukrainians became the two largest foreign nationalities present in Portugal. Since then, there has been a stabilisation and a recent decline of the flow. While the economic crisis has created impetus to return or on-migrate, there have also been additional changes in the characteristics of both stock and flows, with demographic consolidation due…

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Denish Walsh and Carol Mershon

19 March 2015 @ 14:00

"Strategies for Diversifying Academe: Redressing Bias against Women and Minority Scholars in the Social Science Professions"

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Rinke Bax (European Central Bank)

12 March 2015 @ 14:00

"The European Central Bank’s role in the Single Supervisory Mechanism as part of the Banking Union" Abstract On 4 November 2014, the European Central Bank (ECB) took up its supervisory tasks as part of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). The presentation will focus on the ECB’s role in the SSM and the exercise of its supervisory tasks and the interrelation with the other pillars of Banking Union, in particular the European resolution framework.

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Rinus Penninx (University of Amsterdam)

5 March 2015 @ 14:00

"European Cities and their Migrant Integration Policies"

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February 2015

Karel Williams (University of Manchester)

26 February 2015 @ 14:00

"The end of the experiment? From competition to the foundational economy"

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Etienne Ollion (University de Strasbourg – CNRS)

19 February 2015 @ 14:00

"The Superiority of Economists" AbstractIn this essay, we investigate the dominant position of economics within the network of the social sciences in the United States. We begin by documenting the relative insularity of economics, using bibliometric data. Next we analyze the tight management of the field from the top down, which gives economics its characteristic hierarchical structure. Economists also distinguish themselves from other social scientists through their much better material situation (many teach in business schools, have external consulting ac-tivities), their more individualist worldviews, and…

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Josef Hien (EUI)

12 February 2015 @ 14:00

"Tax Evasion in Italy: A God-given right?"

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Giulia Dotti Sani (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

5 February 2015 @ 14:00

"Increasingly unequal. The economic crisis, trust in institutions and social inequalities in six peripheral European countries" abstract The 2008-09 economic crisis has been identified as an important element contributing to declining trust in institutions in Europe and other countries. However, it is unclear whether the decline in trust is distributed homogenously among citizens, or whether there are differences between social strata in the extent to which trust in institutions has declined. This article uses six waves of European Social Survey…

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January 2015

Marcy Carlson (University of Wisconsin)

29 January 2015 @ 14:00

"Fathers Unequal: U.S. Men as Partners and Parents in an Era of Rapid Family Change" Abstract While major changes in U.S. family demography—and their growing divergence by socioeconomic status—have received notable attention, less well understood is the extent to which the nature and implications of family change may differ between men and women, mothers and fathers. After describing changing patterns of family demography over time, we use data from the Current Population Survey to show trends in fathers’ co-residence with…

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December 2014

Sebastien Lechevalier (CRJ-EHESS, Paris)

4 December 2014 @ 14:00

"Revisiting cross-national variations in preference for redistribution. Attitudes to inequalities, social beliefs, and welfare systems" abstract There are significant differences across countries in terms of redistribution by the government and they may correspond to underlying dissimilarities in preference for redistribution across the population of these countries. In particular, previous literature has compared the US and Europe from this viewpoint and proposed several explanations of these differences, from aggregation of individual determinants (e.g. one’s income) to more holistic ones such as…

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November 2014

David Coen (UCL)

20 November 2014 @ 14:00

"Lobbying the EU"

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Nicole Scicluna (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

13 November 2014 @ 14:00

"Journey to the centre of the EU: Does Europe have a core, and does it matter?" abstract What kind of ‘core’, if any, does Europe have? This question has gained new urgency in light of the EU’s ongoing crises, which are reshaping the integration project and leading to a renewal of political discourses around the concept of core Europe and related terms, such as multi-speed Europe and differentiated integration. How core Europe is defined depends on who is wielding the…

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Klaus Armingeon (Universität Bern)

6 November 2014 @ 14:00

"Choosing the Path of Austerity: How Policy Coalitions ShapeWelfare-policy Choices in Periods of Fiscal Consolidation" Abstract This paper focuses on the effect of fiscal adjustment programs on public social expenditures.We show that budget consolidations are generally associated with welfare state retrenchment.But do the partisan complexion and the type of government condition the extent to which austerity policies rely on social spending cuts? These are the questions guiding our paper, whichcompares 17 OECD countries between 1982 and 2009. Our findings partly…

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October 2014

Pepper Culpepper (EUI)

30 October 2014 @ 14:00

"Structural Power and Bank Bailouts in the United Kingdom and the United States"

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Michael Tahlin (SOFI, Stockholm University)

23 October 2014 @ 14:00

 "Why is youth employment falling? A comparative analysis of skill matching and labor demand in Europe" abstract Youth employment has fallen in many countries in recent decades. How can this development be explained? Potentially important causes include economic recessions, long-term losses of labor demand, upgrading of job structures, educational expansion, and changes in skill matching between individuals and jobs. The importance of these factors is assessed by a comparative analysis of data from the European labor force surveys. Preliminary findings…

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Olivier Thevenon (INED, Paris)

16 October 2014 @ 14:00

"Do “Institutional Complementaries” Foster Female Labour Force Participation?" Abstract I analyse the response of female labour force participation to policies supporting the work-life balance, with country-level data from the early 1980s for 18 OECD countries. It includes an original analysis of interactions and complementarity between different policy measures, as well as of potential variations in the influence of policies across different family policy regimes. The results highlight the effect of the expansion of childcare services coverage on women’s labour market…

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Piero Tortola (Centro Studi sul Federalismo)

9 October 2014 @ 14:00

"Multi-level governance: A conceptual analysis"

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Bruno Contini (University of Torino and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

2 October 2014 @ 14:00

"Disposable workforce, long-term employment out-of the labor force or irregular work? Discovering the pathologies of the Italian labor market"

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June 2014

Karin Gottshall (Bremen)

5 June 2014 @ 14:00

"Still the best of all worlds? Varieties of public employment transformation in Germany, France and Sweden"

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May 2014

Arlie Hochschild (UC Berkeley)

29 May 2014 @ 14:00

"Identity, Emotional Boundaries and Politics" (at Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100 – Torino, Sala Lauree Blu)

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Heike Solga (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)

22 May 2014 @ 14:00

"The impact of competencies and certificates on labor market outcomes in advanced societies"

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Sven Steinmo (EUI)

15 May 2014 @ 14:00

"Bringing People Back In: Institutions, History and Culture?"

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Peter Scholten (Rotterdam)

8 May 2014 @ 14:00

"The politics of migrant integration: recent trends in Europe"

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April 2014

Jill Rubery (Manchester Business School)

10 April 2014 @ 14:00

"From women and recession to women and austerity"

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Tiziana Caponio (University of Torino)

3 April 2014 @ 15:00

"Competing Frames of Immigrant Integration in the EU: geographies of social inclusion in Italian regions"

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March 2014

Klaus Armingeon (Bern)

26 March 2014 @ 14:00

"Germany: The trading state unleashed"

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Francesco Giudici (IULM)

20 March 2014 @ 14:00

"Gendered occupational shifts in the transition to parenthood: The influence of personal networks"

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Pier Luigi Sacco (IULM)

13 March 2014 @ 14:00

"Culture 3.0: from cultural spillovers to socially embedded cultural participation. The cultural welfare perspective"

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Lucio Baccaro (Geneva)

6 March 2014 @ 14:00

"Small Differences That Matter: The Impact of Discussion Modalities on Deliberative Outcomes"

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February 2014

Anton Hemerijck (Amsterdam)

27 February 2014 @ 14:00

"Affordable Social investment as no-regret Policy"

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Stefano Sacchi (Unimi)

20 February 2014 @ 14:00

"Conservative and innovative policy change in labour market reforms. A policy process-based explanatory framework" abstract The main explanations of labour policy reforms focus on either endogenous or exogenous factors that have triggered change in some specific critical junctures. As such, they seek to explain the introduction of reforms, i.e. why policy change occured. By contrast, building on theories of the policy process and institutional change in this paper we will investigate how policy change occurs, and takes different shapes, based on variables related to the policy…

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Livia Olah (Stockholm)

13 February 2014 @ 14:00 - 15:30

"Gender Equality Perceptions, Division of Paid And Unpaid Work, And Partnership Dissolution In Sweden" at Campus Luigi Einaudi abstract With the increase in female employment and the decrease in gender labor specialization there has also been a marked change in gender role attitudes. An increasing proportion of women and men has come to prefer gender egalitarianism. Yet, a marked gender division of labor persists. Here we study the interplay between individual gender role attitudes and behavior in terms of sharing…

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Marco Simoni (LSE)

6 February 2014 @ 14:00

"Institutional Roots of Economic Decline: Lessons from Italy"  

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January 2014

Fabio Franchino (Università di Milano)

30 January 2014 @ 14:00

"The Design of Fiscal Governance Rules of the European Union"

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December 2013

Steffen Heinrich (University of Duisburg Essen)

5 December 2013 @ 14:00 - 16:00

"The employment-pension nexus in Coordinated Market Economies: a Comparative Study of Germany and Japan since 2001" abstract This presentation analyses the implications of the pension reforms for employment relationships and HR policies in the two prime examples of coordinated market economies (CME), Germany and Japan, in the past 10 years.  While studies of recent public pension reforms exist in abundance, there is very little study of corporate pension schemes.  This is unfortunate as occupational pensions have been identified as an…

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November 2013

Nicole Scicluna

21 November 2013 @ 14:00 - 04:00

"Politicization without democratization: The impact of the Eurozone crisis on EU constitutionalism" abstract The paper will demonstrate how the European integration process overburdened EU law in an attempt to overcome political deficiencies, with negative consequences for the Union’s democratic legitimacy. The analysis is framed by the ‘twin crises’ of twenty-first century EU constitutionalism: the defeat of the Constitutional Treaty in 2005 and the unfolding Eurozone debt crisis. Part of the legacy of the first crisis was a retreat from the…

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Angela Garcia Calvo

14 November 2013 @ 14:00 - 04:00

"Upgrading in Spain: an institutional perspective" abstract This paper summarises the main contributions of a book manuscript that aimed to explain the recent rise of Spain’s firms in complex service sectors, and the parallel fall in capital and skill intensive manufacturing sectors through the analysis of the institutional structure that enabled it. I argued that upgrading in Spain’s complex services was enabled by Peer Coordination, a non-hierarchical variant of relational coordination based on public-private interdependencies and direct business-state interactions. PC…

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Giulia Dotti Sani

7 November 2013 @ 14:00 - 04:00

"Within-Couple Inequality in Earnings and the Relative Motherhood Penalty. A Cross-National Study of European Countries" abstract While much research has focused on the difference in earnings between childless women and men, mothers and fathers, somewhat less is known on the difference in earnings between women and their partners. This article investigates within couple earnings inequality in the event of a childbirth in different institutional settings. Two research questions are addressed: 1) Does a childbirth lead to a more unequal earning…

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October 2013

Juana Lamote de Grignon Perez

31 October 2013 @ 14:00 - 04:00

"Social class and subjective well-being: a cross-country comparison" abstract In almost every country, individuals in the upper class enjoy, on average, higher subjective well being (SWB) than individuals in the lower class. However, the size of the SWB gap varies signicantly across countries; in other words, class seems to determine SWB to a greater extent in some places than others (e.g. Hungary or Germany versus Scandinavian countries). This paper attempts to explain why this is so using the third round of…

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Herman Schwartz (University of Virginia)

24 October 2013 @ 14:00 - 04:00

"Babies, Bonds, and Buildings: Policy Implications of the Links among Pensions, Housing Finance Systems and Fertility Rates" abstract Many rich OECD countries now have fertility rates well below the replacement rate. Low fertility implies declining population and potential problems for pension systems trying to finance an ever-rising ratio of retirees to workers. Additionally, surveys show that the average couple in the rich OECD desires more children than they actually have. Most analyses of this situation look at employment policies –…

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Piero Tortola

17 October 2013 @ 14:00 - 04:00

"The legacy of Europe: Studying post-URBAN area-based regeneration in two Italian cities" abstract Despite its largely institutionalist orientation, the literature on Europeanization so far has paid little attention to issues of time. In particular, often overlooked in models of Europeanization is the question of how durable any EU-induced domestic change is, especially in the face of changing political circumstances—an important question in all those policy areas where the level of EU involvement is likely to vary over time. Using the…

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Josef Hien (EUI)

11 October 2013 @ 14:00 - 04:00

"The Return of Religion? Faith based welfare provision in a Neo-Liberal Age" abstract Churches were for centuries the major institutional providers of welfare before the state took over this role in late 19th century Europe. With the advent of modernization theory the origins of modern welfare in religion were increasingly regarded as fossils from a distant past. The main strands of modern welfare state theory never included religion into their frameworks. However, at the beginning of the 21st century, religious institutions are once…

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June 2013

Daniel Lichter (Cornell University)

13 June 2013 @ 14:00

"At the Starting Line: Rural Poverty and Inequality among Hispanic Newborns" Abstract The recent movement of Hispanics into rural immigrant destinations has sometimes deflected attention from another major source of rural population growth – fertility. High rates of Hispanic fertility raise an important question: Do Hispanic newborn babies start life’s race behind the starting line, poor and disadvantaged? To address this question, we link the new fertility question in the 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) to the poverty status of mothers at…

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Stefano Sacchi (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

6 June 2013 @ 14:00

"Policy without politics? Domestic agendas, market pressures and "informal but tough" economic conditionality in the Italian labour market reform"

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May 2013

Emmanuele Pavolini (Università di Macerata)

30 May 2013 @ 14:00

"Child care in Italy: are there social class differences in the access to services?" abstract Child care has become increasingly central in the debate about the transformation and the recalibration of the welfare state. If the welfare state debate until the 1990s was mainly centered around policy fields such as pensions and unemployment benefits (Esping-Andersen, 1990), in the more recent years it has started to broaden up, taking into consideration also social care (Sipila and Antonenn, 1995). Especially in the…

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Michael Jones Correa (Cornell University)

23 May 2013 @ 14:00

"Is America Going to Become Less Conservative?:  Immigrants, Place of Settlement and Partisan Acquisition." Abstract As Latinos become the largest ethnic minority in the United States, commentators have argued that their presence will eventually shift the partisan composition of even the most conservative states.  Will it?  There are competing research findings on mobility and partisanship.  One strand suggests that people move to places that fit their ideological preferences; another posits that contexts re-shape the political attachments of new movers.   Yet a third argues that…

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Roberto Franzosi (Emory University)

20 May 2013 @ 14:00

"What Things Can We Do with Words? Answers from Italian Fascism (1919–1922) and Georgia Lynchings (1875–1930)" abstract The talk illustrates a quantitative social science approach to texts developed by the author, Quantitative Narrative Analysis (QNA). QNA relies on computer-assisted story grammars to analyze narrative, where a story grammar is the simple Subject-Verb-Object (SVO) structure. In narrative, Subjects are typically social actors – individuals, groups, organizations – Verbs are actions, and Objects are both social actors and physical and abstract objects.…

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Costanzo Ranci (Politecnico di Milano)

16 May 2013 @ 14:00

"The changing political economy of  self-employment in Italy" abstract This presentation is based on a research on self-employment carried out in 2010-12 in Italy, and published in a book in 2012 (C. Ranci, (ed.) Partite Iva. Il lavoro autonomo nella crisi italiana, Il Mulino, 2012). The research was focused on a general reconstruction of the main dimensions and characteristics of self-employment in Italy, with special attention to the social position of these workers in the class structure and of their…

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Stephen Morgan (Cornell University)

9 May 2013 @ 14:00

"Taking the Cloak Off the DAG:  The New Frontier of Causal Analysis in the Social Sciences" Abstract The counterfactual approach to causal analysis will continue to transform the social sciences in the next decade.  The potential outcome model, which was largely developed in statistics and economics between 1975 and 2005, has now been joined by a new generation of graphical causal models that are still in a rapid state of development.  These graphical models are consistent with the potential outcome…

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April 2013

Hugh Lauder (University of Bath)

16 April 2013 @ 14:00

"The Global Auction for High Skilled Jobs and the Death of Human Capital" abstract For decades, the idea that more education will lead to greater individual and national prosperity has been a cornerstone of developed economies. Indeed, it is almost universally believed that college diplomas give Americans and Europeans a competitive advantage in the global knowledge wars. This seminar presentation will challenge this orthodoxy. Drawing on a major international study, the argument is that the competition for good, middle-class jobs…

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CANCELLED: Fengshi Wu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

10 April 2013 @ 16:00

"The ideational dimension of civil society: an empirical study ofChinese activists and NGO leaders" (at Campus Luigi Einaudi (CLE), University of Torino, Lungodora Siena 100/a, classroom D4) abstract Despite recent policy changes, governmental monitoring and control of grassroots NGOs remain pervasive and effective to a large extent in China. The enforcement of control over NGOs is complicated by at least three layers of factors: First, multiple agencies are involved in NGO control without a centralised norm. Second, government-NGO interactions vary across cases and…

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Marta Fraile (European University Institute)

4 April 2013 @ 14:30

"Do women know less about politics than men? The gender gap in Political Knowledge" Abstract:This study analyzes the gender differences in political knowledge in a rarely studied area: Europe. The results are obtained via 2-level hierarchical linear models using the 2009 European Election Studies, Voter Study (EES) and show that men provide more correct answers and less “Do not Know” (DK) answers than women, whereas gender differences in providing incorrect answers are not relevant. Additionally, the findings show that even…

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March 2013

Susan Stokes (Yale University)

25 March 2013 @ 11:30

"Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism" abstract Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism studies distributive politics:  how parties and governments use material resources to win elections. The authors develop a theory that explains why loyal supporters, rather than swing voters, tend to benefit from pork-barrel politics; why poverty encourages clientelism and vote buying; and why redistribution and voter participation do not justify non-programmatic distribution.  A wealth of new data and information from all the world’s regions are deployed to test the theory.  The theory also…

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Martin Whyte (Harvard University)

19 March 2013 @ 16:30

"Can China Close its Huge Rural-Urban Gap?" abstract China today may have the sharpest social cleavage between its rural and urban citizens of any country on earth, with urban households on average having close to 4 times the income of rural households.  Paradoxically, this sharp social cleavage is mainly a legacy of the socialist system of the Mao era, rather than a product of the market reforms launched in 1978—even though Mao Zedong himself had rural origins and led a…

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CANCELLED: Dan Breznitz (Georgia Tech)

14 March 2013 @ 14:00
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Sergio Fabbrini (LUISS Rome)

7 March 2013 @ 16:00

"Intergovernmentalism and its limits: The implications of the Euro crisis on the European Union"

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Desmond King (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)

4 March 2013 @ 14:30

"Concealed Advantage: The US Federal Reserve's Financial Intervention after 2007" abstract The Federal Reserve is an outlier in two respects: it enjoys unprecedented autonomy and it controls enormous authority and resources across a broad range of financial issues. That the Fed makes unilateral decisions that commit and impact trillions of public and private funds is arguably without parallel in America.   Research on who, what, and how the Fed is influenced is not extensively studied largely because of the widespread acceptance…

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February 2013

Adrienne Heritier (European University Institute)

28 February 2013 @ 14:00

"Managing Regulation - A Firm's Perspective" Abstract When dealing with problems of market access, firms are frequently faced with a perplexing number of sectoral and cross-sectoral regulators at the national, European and international level. They have to interact with these regulators in order to obtain decisions necessary for their operations. Given multiple regulators at the national, European and international level of sectoral and cross-sectoral nature, the following questions emerge: Why do firms address a particular/given regulator to deal with specific…

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Anna Leander (Copenhagen Business School)

14 February 2013 @ 14:00

"Value Neutral Research: Methodological Challenges of Ethnographic Research in Critical Security Studies" abstract This paper grown out of a recurring practical concern for critical approaches to security broadly understood as including the full range of post-linguistic turn approaches to security. Work in these traditions appears to violate one of the most fundamental principles of work in the social sciences, namely the principle that science should be value neutral. This paper turns the tables, arguing that Critical Security Studies (CSS) has…

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Shiri M. Breznitz (Georgia Institute of Technology)

7 February 2013 @ 14:00

"Industrial Agglomeration vs. Clusters – “Real” Communication or is it all “in the air”?" Abstract The phenomenon of industrial concentration has many names: agglomeration, industrial districts, and clusters are but a few. Industrial clusters have maintained their importance in today’s economy, but the definition of clusters is vague and inclusive. With two decades of research on this topic, scholars and policy makers alike continuously use the words “cluster” and “industrial agglomeration” to describe a spatial concentration of firms. The objective…

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January 2013

Piero Tortola (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

31 January 2013 @ 14:00

"N=2: The comparative study of the EU and the US as a research programme" abstract EU-US comparisons have proliferated in the past two decades or so. Yet by and large this scholarship so far has proceeded without a serious reflection on its own nature, raison d’être, and key characteristics—a lack of ‘self-awareness’ which in turn hampers mutual communication and cumulation. Employing an original dataset of 90 publications, this paper aims to fill this gap by examining the substantive and methodological traits of…

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Igor Guardiancich (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

24 January 2013 @ 14:00

"Social Dialogue in the New Member States and the Great Recession: Only Doom and Gloom?"

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Stefano Guzzini (Uppsala University)

17 January 2013 @ 14:00 - 16:00

"The Return of Geopolitics in Europe? Social mechanisms and foreign policy identity crises" abstract The end of the Cold War demonstrated the historical possibility of peaceful change and seemingly showed the superiority of non-realist approaches in International Relations. Yet in the post-Cold War period many European countries have experienced a resurgence of a distinctively realist tradition: geopolitics. Geopolitics is an approach which emphasizes the relationship between politics and power on the one hand; and territory, location and environment on the…

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December 2012

Mattia Guidi (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

6 December 2012 @ 12:00

"A formal model of decision-making on independence and accountability of regulatory agencies" abstract This paper aims to analyse, in theoretical terms, the concepts of independence and accountability, and at theorizing their relationship. Until now, the literature has disregarded (or not highlighted to a sufficient extent) the existence of an inverse relationship between independence and accountability. The paper first reviews the literature on independence and accountability, exploring their connections and interrelations. It then theorizes the existence of a partial trade-off between…

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November 2012

Bruno Palier (Sciences Po Paris)

30 November 2012 @ 14:00

Politics and Society special lectures: Citizenship and welfare in a changing Europe "The Age of Dualization" abstract Inequality in most European societies has increased during the past decades. Contrary to those who claim that inequalities are primarily the result of economic trends and necessities, we show that policies matter. Rising inequality is not a direct result of liberalization processes, achieved through a gradual retrenchment of labor market regulation and of social protection across-the-board. Rather, we argue that some portions of the society are insulated…

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Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute)

29 November 2012 @ 15:00

Politics and Society special lectures: Citizenship and welfare in a changing Europe "Citizenship configurations: analysing the multiple purposes of citizenship regimes in Europe"  Abstract  This paper presents an analysis of the multiple purposes of citizenship regimes in 36 states in Europe. Previous studies on this topic suffer from two methodological deficits which lead to a static and biased perspective on how states regulate citizenship status: they emphasise the importance of static national membership models and focus nearly exclusively on the access to…

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Anicia García Álvarez and Dayma Echevarría León (University of Havana)

28 November 2012 @ 13:00

"Economic reforms and social innovation in Cuba: the self-employment sector" abstract Over the last twenty years, Cuban government has prompted moderate market-oriented reforms in order to confront the severe crisis caused by the collapse of Socialist Block in Eastern Europe. This seminar focuses on reforms on employment structure and its consequences on Cuban society and economy. In particular, Anicia Garcia Álvarez presents the historical path of reforms on employment structure in order to debate the most recent guidelines discussed and approved…

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Martin Rhodes (University of Denver)

22 November 2012 @ 15:30

"Coordination, cooperation and conflict: Employment policy responses to the crisis – and why they differ" Abstract The aim of this paper is to use the employment-labor market policy responses to the crisis of the last several years in Italy and Spain to understand these two countries’ capacity for coordinated policy-making and policy innovation. It tries to answer the puzzle as to why Spain’s previously well-established system of concerted policy-making breaks down in the crisis, producing a state-directed form of socio-economic…

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Monica Ferrin Pereira (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

8 November 2012 @ 14:00

"Types of democrats in Europe. Hierarchy and differences" Abstract Democracy is one of the most problematic concepts in political science, as there is no agreement on how it should be defined and operationalised. Lack of consensus among the theorists has made it difficult to empirically undertake the study of democratic attitudes. In fact, although in the last years much has been written on public opinion on democracy, few studies have directly addressed people’s understandings of democracy. This paper proposes a tentative approach to citizens’ conceptions of democracy…

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October 2012

Ciara O’Dwyer (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

18 October 2012 @ 12:00

"Unilateral consensus? Regulatory Negotiation in the Nursing Home Sector" abstract Over the last fifteen years, “regulatory negotiation”, whereby regulated firms and other stakeholders participate in the rule-making process, has gained popularity as part of the Better Regulation movement. Proponents argue that the process increases compliance rates and helps to ensure that the rules are written in the public interest by empowering the intended beneficiaries (i.e. consumers). Others have expressed scepticism about the purported benefits, arguing that the very principle on…

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May 2011

Michael Biggs (Oxford University)

19 May 2011 @ 14:00

"Ethnic Composition and the Extreme Right: A Multilevel Analysis of Membership in the British National Party"

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April 2011

Wendy Sigle-Rushton (London School of Economics and Political Science)

7 April 2011 @ 12:00

"Parental union dissolution and children's educational achievements in Norway: A within-family approach"

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March 2011

Gianluca Manzo (CNRS-GEMASS, Paris, and University of Paris-Sorbonne)

31 March 2011 @ 12:00

"Housework Distribution in Dual-earner Couples: Modeling Individual Satisfaction and Interpersonal Comparisons "

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Lane Kenworthy (University of Arizona)

16 March 2011 @ 16:00

"Economic growth, social policy and poverty"

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Pepper Culpepper (European University Institute, Florence)

10 March 2011 @ 16:30

"Quiet Politics and Business Power"

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Daniela Grunow (University of Amsterdam)

3 March 2011 @ 12:00

"Time-out from work at the transition to motherhood. Policy and education effects in cross-national perspective."

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February 2011

Francesco Billari (Bocconi University, Milan)

17 February 2011 @ 12:00

"The new nexus between well-being and fertility"

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January 2011

Werner Eichhorst (Deputy Director of Labour Policy, Institute for the Study of Labor IZA, Bonn)

20 January 2011 @ 12:00

"Dualization in Bismarckian Labour Markets"

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December 2010

Vanna Gonzales (Arizona State University)

14 December 2010 @ 12:00

"Governing Social Markets: What Impact on Service Quality among Third Sector Providers?"

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November 2010

Margarita Estevez Abe (Maxwell School, Syracuse University)

16 November 2010 @ 16:00

"Married Women's Paid Work and Outsourcing of Domestic Work"

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Marco Casari (University of Bologna)

4 November 2010 @ 12:00

"The Coordination Value of Monetary Exchange: Experimental Evidence"

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October 2010

Peter McDonald (Director of Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian National University)

11 October 2010 @ 12:00

"Reducing the effect of ageing on GDP per capita: demographic or economic strategies?"

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May 2010

Evelyne Huber (University of North Carolina)

24 May 2010 @ 17:00

"Systems of social protection in Latin America and Southern Europe"

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Grzegorz Ekiert (Harvard University)

10 May 2010 @ 17:00

 "The weakness post-communist civil societies reassessed"

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April 2010

John Stephens, Evelyne Huber (University of North Carolina)

26 April 2010 @ 17:00

 "Politics, policy, poverty, and inequality in Latin America"

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Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University)

12 April 2010 @ 17:00

"Republicanism and democracy: An untold rivalry"

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March 2010

Ferruccio Pastore (FIERI)

29 March 2010 @ 17:00

"Is Europe regressing on migrant rights? Comparative reflections centered on the Italian case"

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Ezra Suleiman (Princeton University)

15 March 2010 @ 17:00

"Does Democratizing the European Union Threaten Democracy in European States?"

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Elisabetta Galeotti (University of Piemonte Orientale)

1 March 2010 @ 17:00

"Equal respect and contemporary democracy: the challenge of multiculturalism"

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February 2010

Alfio Mastropaolo (University of Torino)

15 February 2010 @ 17:00

"Do people really hate politics?"

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December 2009

Delia Baldassarri (Princeton University)

21 December 2009 @ 17:00

"Partisans without constraints: political polarization and trends in American public opinion"

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November 2009

Giovanni Mastrobuoni (Collegio Carlo Alberto and CERP)

23 November 2009 @ 17:00

"The economics of election officers"

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Jean Francois Bayart (CNRS Sciences Po)

9 November 2009 @ 17:00

"Republican Islam in Turkey"

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October 2009

Maurizio Ferrera (University of Milan)

19 October 2009 @ 17:00

"Social Europe at the crossroad"

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