14:30 Uhr - 17:50 Uhr (21.05.21); 15:00 Uhr - 18:15 Uhr (28.05.21)
Teilprojekt A06: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Kommentator/in des Vortrags
Prof. Sonja Drobnič, PhD; Prof. (pens.) Dr. Johannes Huinink

The workshop seeks to understand how diffusion processes influence family policy across a wide range of contexts by discussing three main sets of questions with pre-eminent experts of family policy and diffusion processes:

  • What models of family policy are promoted by international organizations? Do we find conflict among IOs or is a consensual, taken-for-granted paradigm emerging within world-culture?
  • Have these global models left imprints on national legislation and policy making? How do we identify the impact and institutionalization of global models in national contexts?
  • Which mechanisms and linkages can plausible the explain the connection between global norms and national policy outputs? How do we conceptualize and measure these influences and what alternative linkages need to be considered?

Family policy provides an eminent test case for theories of policy diffusion, since it is inherently linked to local values and beliefs about ‘proper’ families, i.e. deep-seated cultural and normative commitments. Processes of convergence may be indicative of the causal force of ‘normative isomorphism’ emanating from global structures, but also needs to be assessed against possible alternative explanations. Specifically, other channels of diffusion, which work through the emulation of and learning from peers, may produce similar outcomes. The workshop addresses how the effects of ‘vertical’ diffusion processes can analytically and empirically be separated from ‘horizontal’ ones in the field of family policy.

Friday, May 21st, 2021 (Chair: Johannes Huinink & Sonja Drobnič)

14:30 – 15:00 Introduction by Tobias Böger (CRC 1342)

15:00 – 15:50 Family Policy Developments in High-Income Countries: A Political Economy Perspective
Emanuele Ferragina (Sciences Po, Paris)

15:50 – 16:10 Coffee Break

16:10 – 17:00 Leave policy development outside the advanced OECD economies in last 100 years
Keonhi Son (CRC 1342)

17:00 – 17:50 Family changes and incipient political responses in a context of high inequalities: Latin America before and since COVID
Merike Blofield (GIGA Hamburg)

Friday, May 28th, 2021 (Chair: Tobias Böger)

15:00 – 15:50 TBC

15:50 – 16:40 The Diffusion of Child Benefits in Europe
Simone Tonelli (CRC 1342)

16:40 – 17:00 Coffee Break

17:00 – 17:50 Social Investment and Family Policies
Chiara Saraceno (Collegio Carlo Alberto, Italy)

17:50 – 18:15 Concluding Discussion