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Dr. Sarah Berens

B03 “International Complementarities in the Development of National Welfare States: The Transatlantic Sphere 1870-2020”

B03: International complementarities in the development of the welfare state

Collaborative Research Centre 1342 “Global Development Dynamics of Social Policy”

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new Collaborative Research Centre (“Sonderforschungsbereich” = SFB) at the University of Bremen. The SFB will receive funding of around eleven million euros over the next four years. The University of Cologne is involved in the sub-project B03 of the principal investigator Dr. Sarah Berens. Dr. Berens is a research associate at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics at the University of Cologne. Together with Prof. Dr. Philip Manow (University of Bremen), she is investigating the complementary development of social policy in several countries under the conditions of intensified global economic integration as part of the sub-project “International Complementarities in the Development of National Welfare States: The Transatlantic Sphere (1870-2020)”.

Contributing partners and members of the SFB

The Collaborative Research Centre 1342 encompasses the SOCIUM Research Centre for Inequality and Social Policy and the Institute for International and Intercultural Studies (InIIS) as well as project leaders from the Research Centre for Eastern Europe, the Institute of History, the Institute for Geography, the Institute of Labour and Economics (IAW), the Centre for European Legal Policy and the Information Management Working Group of the Department of Computer Science. In addition to the University of Cologne, Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Duisburg-Essen are also involved.

The Collaborative Research Centre is scheduled to be launched at the beginning of 2018.

Further information on SFB 1342 can be found here

B03: International complementarities in the development of the welfare state: The transatlantic sphere (1870-2020)

The CRC comprises 16 projects and is divided into two sections. Projects in section A mainly rely on macro quantitative techniques to analyze and explain social policy dynamics in a global perspective. In the projects of section B, the mechanisms that link international interdependencies and national determinants to the spread, inclusiveness, and generosity of social policy dynamics are analyzed by applying qualitative and quantitative case study analyses.

In project B03 “International complementarities in the development of the welfare state: The transatlantic sphere (1870-2020)” Prof. Dr. Philip Manow and Dr. Sarah Berens analyze the development of national social policies in North America, Western Europe and Latin America against the background of ever-increasing transatlantic economic interdependencies. The main research question is: Have the economic relationships between Latin America, North America and Western Europe led to complementary welfare states and political economies and which actor coalitions have shaped this development? We focus historically on parties and, for more recent periods, on the electorates to examine how economic cross-national interdependencies have been translated via political processes into different social policy profiles.

The project will offer two doctoral positions to support the analysis of historical parliamentary roll-call-vote data for the cases Mexico and Argentina and to conduct surveys in Mexico and Brazil. The call for applications will be out soon. The PhD positions are planned to start in April/May 2018. For further information, please contact sarah.berens@uni-koeln.de.

Team

Principal investigators: Prof. Dr. Philip Manow, Dr. Sarah Berens

PhD students: call will be out soon

Student assistants: call will be out soon