COVID-19 BLOG

Lockdown: When do people comply?

When governments decide which lockdown measures to take, they should keep general public preferences for government interventions in mind. If the lockdown turns out to be relatively too strict, compliance will drop, CRC member Nate Breznau and his colleagues Hung H.V. Nguyen and Lisa Heukamp write in their forthcoming paper in the Social Policy Review. In certain cases, giving people some slack will yield better results.

Mehr lesen // 28.05.2021

Photo: Adobe Stock/Jon Anders Wiken
Photo: Adobe Stock/Jon Anders Wiken

Early social policy in the Conosur: of path dependencies, highly mobile people and the law of the chair

Delia González de Reufels and Simon Gerards Iglesias talk about the results of project B02, how they dealt with pandemic-related constraints and what is particularly appealing about the cooperation between history and political science.

Read more // 07.06.2021

Simon Gerards Iglesias, Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels
Simon Gerards Iglesias, Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels

Cross-Border Welfare Markets with Karen Shire

Shire met with CRC members and guests to present her new co-edited book “The Dynamics of Welfare Markets” and to discuss in detail the challenges in regulating cross-border labour in home-based domestic and care services.

Read more // 04.06.2021

Social Protection in Africa: the agency of agencies’ agents

Our Mercator Fellow Stephen Devereux is investigating the role of international donor organisations in the spread of social protection programmes in Africa. Having published a working paper with our CRC 1342 on this topic, he is currently writing a paper with our member Anna Wolkenhauer.

Read more // 19.05.2021

Dr. Stephen Devereux, Anna Wolkenhauer, PhD
Dr. Stephen Devereux, Anna Wolkenhauer, PhD

Advisory board provides important feedback

The scientific advisory board met with the CRC 1342 board of directors to discuss the research projects that are being planned for the second funding phase.

Read more // 10.05.2021

Special Issue on Global South: Causal mechanisms in transnational social policy dynamics

Seven CRC 1342 projects have contributed to a special issue of “Social Policy & Administration”, in which the authors present in-depth case studies of social policy dynamics in the Global South. The issue suggests that the concept of causal mechanisms is particularly well suited for analyzing these dynamics.

Read more // 07.05.2021

Food Subsidies in South Africa: Controversial Yet Consensual

Clement Chipenda and Alex Veit analyse South Africa's food policy developments by looking at school feeding programmes and subsidies. Available as a new CRC 1342 working paper.

Read more // 05.05.2021

Dr. Alex Veit, Dr. Clement Chipenda
Dr. Alex Veit, Dr. Clement Chipenda

"When IOs match the zeitgeist, they gain additional legitimacy"

How do international organisations influence the global dynamics of social policy? The fourth volume of the our series at Palgrave Macmillan addresses this question. In this interview co-editor Dennis Niemann explains some findings.

Read more // 23.04.2021

Dr. Dennis Niemann
Dr. Dennis Niemann

“Measuring competition as a mechanism in the diffusion of social policy"

Ivo Mossig, Hendrik Heuer, Michael Lischka and Fabian Besche-Truthe have developed two new indicators to better study the relationship between competition and social policy. The associated data sets comprise annual data on interdependence for 164 countries. Ivo Mossig talks us through the main points in an interview.

Read more // 19.04.2021

Network of global economic competition on export-markets
Network of global economic competition on export-markets

Palgrave Macmillan book series: edited volume on International Organisations released

Book four of the series, edited by Kerstin Martens, Dennis Niemann and Alexandra Kaasch, examines the influence of International Organisations on the development of several social policy fields.

Read more // 07.04.2021

Special issue on knowledge transfer in the post-soviet region

Project B06 has published a special issue in "Global Social Policy": In seven articles, project members and guest authors analyse the role of international actors in the introduction of social policy concepts in states on the territory of the former Soviet Union.

Read more // 06.04.2021

"We wanted to combine the historical and political science approach"

Teresa Huhle and Johanna Kuhlmann report in an interview on a 6-day seminar on social policy in the Global South that they led during the Spring Academy of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.

Read more // 30.03.2021

Does the regime type matter?

Friederike Römer and Jakob Henninger have investigated how the goals of civil society organisations that advocate for migrants' welfare rights differ between autocracies and democracies. They explain their findings in an interview.

Read more // 29.03.2021

Jakob Henninger, Dr. Friederike Römer
Jakob Henninger, Dr. Friederike Römer

The OECD, PISA and the window of opportunity

Helen Seitzer, Dennis Niemann and Kerstin Martens have investigated what role the topic "PISA" plays in OECD education policy publications: not such a big one. Why PISA has become so successful nonetheless, Seitzer explains in an interview.

Read more // 25.03.2021

Helen Seitzer
Helen Seitzer

Study on the management of intensive care bed capacities during the pandemic

SFB member Mirella Cacace conducted a comparative study of Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and Israel for the Bertelsmann Stiftung. For this project, she collaborated with experts from her international network.

Read more // 10.03.2021

Intensive care unit (Foto: Vadim/Adobe Stock)
Intensive care unit (Foto: Vadim/Adobe Stock)