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Call for Papers: International PhD Workshop on ‘Varieties of Welfare Capitalism in Times of Socio-Economic Insecurity’


The Hertie School of Governance in Berlin invites PhD students to participate in a workshop on ‘Varieties of Welfare Capitalism in Times of Socio-Economic Insecurity’, taking place on May 20-21, 2019. The established institutional configurations across varieties of welfare capitalism are increasingly coming under pressure by factors such as globalization, declining economic growth, dualization in the labour market, or digitalization. While, traditionally, a strong focus has been laid on investigating the causes for differences in welfare capitalism, a new emphasis has emerged on examining the effect varieties of welfare capitalism have on politics.

How are changing welfare states affecting citizens in their political behaviour or party politics? When do they favour innovations in social policy?

This workshop aims to discuss both perspectives as well as their interdependence. What drives institutional change and which consequences does it have? Abstracts of papers focusing on—but not limited to—the following topics are welcome:

  • Causes of Economic Insecurity
  • Potential drivers of socio-economic insecurity (i.e., technological change, globalization, demographic change)
  • Changes in varieties of welfare capitalism
  • Functions and instruments of the new welfare settlement
  • Consequences of Economic Insecurity
  • The effect socio-economic insecurity exerts on political behaviour
  • Party politics and socio-economic insecurity

The Hertie School aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform for young scholars to share and discuss their research in an encouraging and comfortable environment. 

Submission of different theoretical and methodological approaches across disciplines are welcome.

A keynote speech will be held by Giuliano Bonoli, Professor of Social Policy at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration at the University of Lausanne.

Submissions: Please apply by submitting an abstract (max. 500 words) and a CV by February 28, 2019. Applicants will receive a response by mid-March. Accepted applicants are expected to hand in an extended version (10 pages) two weeks before the workshop. Please send your applications to phd-applications [at] (this Email).

Financial Support: The workshop is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the IPID4all programme ‘PHD GLOBAL’. Financial support in the form of travel and per diem lump sums to participants affiliated with universities abroad can be provided.

Organizing team at the Hertie School of Governance: The workshop is organized by Licia Bobzien and Lukas Jerg (PhD candidates) and the PhD Affairs Team of the Hertie School of Governance.