WSF Newsletter #1/2016


New Policy Briefs Produced by TRANSWEL Project

The TRANSWEL Team around PL Anna Amelina has produced a number of policy briefs exploring the portability of social security rights within the European Union. The briefs analyse the regulations, practices and limitations of portability by comparing experiences of post-EU enlargement labour migration between four country pairs: Hungary–Austria, Bulgaria–Germany, Poland–UK and Estonia–Sweden. The comparative analysis of these country pairs finds the process of social security portability in the EU is clear in theory, but in practice is often complex, opaque and uncertain for both decision-makers and migrants. With the exeption of pensions, current arrangements on social security co-ordination do not support high levels of mobility in practice, especially for migrants who move between countriesmore often. The briefs can be found on the TRANSWEL website and will soon be published under, too.
Third HEALTHDOX Workshop in Berlin
The third Healthdox workshop took place in Berlin, March 9-11th 2016. On the first day, postdoctoral researchers presented their work on healthcare inequalities, healthcare performance and spending, and public opinion and party politics in healthcare. On the other two days, researchers discussed the healthcare reforms in the Nordic, Continental, Southern and Eastern  Europe. Similarities as well as divergences in the development of the healthcare systems within regions raised intensively discussed questions on path dependency, the role of politics, and the feedback effect of healthcare reforms on public opinion and satisfaction. Find out more on the HEALTHDOX website.
Knowledge Exchange Advisory Committee - Virtual Meeting
On February 15, 2016 the first KEAC meeting was held. Ellen Immergut (Welfare State Futures Coordination Office), Helga de Valk (Mobile Welfare), Christina Behrendt (ILO, Social Protection Department), Martin Schölkopf (German Ministry of Health) and Carlien Hillebrink (NWO) discussed several issues like stakeholder strategies, policiy briefs and other information dissemination vehicles. This light version of a newsletter is one of them. From now on it will be published once a month.
Upcoming Workshops
Regular thematic workshops for WSF researchers garantee steady interaction amongst projects and the exchange of findings within the different research areas. So far three thematic workshops on Dynamic Panel Models, Health, and Welfare State Attitudes are in preparation.
Researchers inside the WSF network are encouraged to propose their own thematic workshops on topics they would like to discuss with other members of the WSF network.

24-28 April 2016
Workshop on “Public Opinion and Public Policy – Analyzing Feedback Effects in Comparative Politics” organized by Ellen Immergut (HEALTHDOX) and Jane Gingrich at ECPR Joint Sessions, Pisa
15 June 2016
Knowledge Exchange Advisory Committee Meeting in Stockholm
16-17 June 2016
WSF Thematic Workshop "Capacity Training on Modeling Dynamics"
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