WSF Newsletter #7/2017

Dear <<Full Name>>,
the WSF newsletter keeps you up to date with all the news from the WSF research network, recent and upcoming events and publications.

This month's newsletter will  inform you about WelfSOC Lead Peter Taylor-Gooby presenting findings from the project's democratic forums research at the Policy Network Conference "Progressive Britain", their Team Meeting at the University of Ljubljana, a new working paper by 4Is researcher Daniel Stegmueller about the effect of long-term income expectations on citizens' preferences and Keynote by Elisabeth Scheibelhofer (TRANSWEL) on Free Movement Revisited – Labyrinths of Transnational Social Security for EU Migrants at the European Sociological Association Conference.

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Final Conference Programme Committee
News from the Scientific Programme Coordinator

Preparation has started for the final conference, May 24-25th 2018, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. The five calls for participants - that follow our five research clusters - will go out shortly. Meet the Programme Committee:

Health | Claus Wendt, Chair (HiNEWS) | Karen M. Anderson (HEALTHDOX) | Juliette Malley (EXCELC)

Migration  |  Marcel Luebbers, Co-Chair (MIFARE) |  Helga de Valk, Co-Chair (MobileWelfare)  |  Jenny Phillimore (UPWEB)
Welfare State Attitudes  |  Peter Taylor-Gooby, Chair (WelfSOC)  | Cornelius Cappelen (FPRWS)  |  Stein Kuhnle (FPRWS)
Child & Family Welfare  |  Lennart Nygren, Chair (FACSK)  |  Hans Grietens (HESTIA)  |  Sue White (FACSK)
Globalization, Welfare States & Inequalities  |  Eva Mörk, Chair (4Is) |  Alexander Cappelen (FPRWS)  |  Catia Montagna (GlobLabWS)
Policy Network Conference “Progressive Britain” – Peter Taylor-Gooby Presenting Findings From WelfSOC’s Democratic Forums Research at the British Academy

Peter Taylor-Gooby presented his NORFACE research at the Policy Network 'Progressive Britain' conference on 21 June 2017, to an audience of politicians, journalists and academics at the British Academy. Policy Network, an international progressive think tank  based in London, promotes strategic thinking on progressive solutions to the challenges of the 21st century and the future of social democracy. Its current work programs mainly center around Europe’s economic and social models and the renewal of social democracy. Using material from the Democratic Forums which form the central part of the project, Peter Taylor-Gooby argued that the challenge for the left is to build trust among older voters as Corbyn has among the young and pointed to some of the policies which might achieve this. These findings stem from data gathered from democratic forums to study public attitudes to state welfare in the United Kingdom in 2015. On a  two-day  long  democratic  forum  format  carried  out  in  2015, he and his colleagues Benjamin Leruth and Heejung Chung explored how people understand the changing pressures on welfare states and how they like to and expect them to develop in  the future. Democratic  Forums  are  groups  which  meet  for  an  extended  discussion of  a certain topic  over  a  period  of time.  Unlike in conventional individual settings, control in democratic forums is achieved by the group and not by researcher. That allows for a ‘bottom-up’ approach to research,  “so  that researchers can  examine  people’s  unprompted concerns in  an  undirected  discussion”. More information can be retrieved from their 2016 working paper “Welfare  State  Futures,  Prospects  and  Cuts:  Using  Democratic  Forums  to  Investigate  Attitudes  to  Welfare” at
New Working Paper by 4Is Researcher Daniel Stegmueller on The Dynamics of Income Expectations and Redistribution Preferences

Project 4Is investigates the determinants and patterns of inequality as well as citizen’s preferences for redistribution and the mix of welfare services. It aims to explain how citizens’ preferences are formed, and how long-term income expectations affect these preference. The latest project Working Paper by researcher Daniel Stegmueller on “The Dynamics of Income Expectations and Redistribution Preferences” sheds light at exactly these effects of long-term income expectations and argues that they are central to redistributive preferences. While it is an accepted fact in political economy models that individuals’ income shapes their preferences for redistribution, the paper finds that expectations about future are in fact more important in shaping preferred levels of redistribution than is the current position in the income distribution. The paper extends conventional economic models by accounting for individuals’ consideration of the future when forming their present-day preferences over redistributive policy, recognising that individuals act as forward-looking economic agents. Stegmueller’s argument is based on a quantitative case study of the UK, using data from the British Household Panel Study from 1991 to 2007. He develops a Bayesian simultaneous dynamic panel model which jointly models the process of individuals’ income dynamics, their future expected income, and their preferred level of redistribution. This model shows that rising expected income is systematically related to lower preferred levels of redistribution, and that this effect is even more pronounced than the role of current income.
Read the full paper at
WelfSOC Research Team Meeting in Ljubljana – New Book “Discussing Democratic Forums” Well Underway
On June 8 and 9 the WelfSOC research team met in Ljubljana to talk about their latest projects. As we already shortly noted in the June newsletter, the first book After Austerity will be published by Oxford University Press on 11 August 2017. Currently the team is working on their second book, which will discuss their research using innovative Democratic Forums in detail. The work shows how this approach contributes a much more detailed and nuanced picture of welfare state attitudes to that provided by conventional research methods. Further, the team discussed their plans for articles, a special issue of Social Policy and Administration​, papers for the ESPAnet conference in Lisbon in September and other activities. The team meeting has been organized by WelfSOC team members Maša Filipovič Hrast and Tatjana Rakar at the University of Ljubljana.
Keynote by Elisabeth Scheibelhofer on Free Movement Revisited – Labyrinths of Transnational Social Security for EU Migrants at the European Sociological Association Conference
Elisabeth Scheibelhofer (TRANSWEL) will give a keynote at a semi-plenary session on Migration in Times of Europe’s Economic Crisis at the 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association in Athens, August 2017. Against the background of ideological and economic crisis in Europe, the conference focusses on  the contradictions of capitalism, fragmented solidarities and emerging resistant or nationalist subjectivities. With its focus on migration, project TRANSWEL can contribute to the conference theme in uncovering the expriences of EU internal migrants in a time of austerity and increasing inequality, shrinking cross-European soldarity and the rise of nationalism. The project analyses the transfer of social security rights of EU citizens from new EU member states who move to live and/or work in old member states and traces their migration between four country pairs: Hungary–Austria, Bulgaria–Germany, Poland–United Kingdom and Estonia–Sweden.
Scheibelhofer's presentation Free Movement Revisited – Labyrinths of Transnational Social Security will discuss results from qualitative TRANSWEL fieldwork of EU internal migrants and their experiences with transnational social welfare systems. This fieldwork shows that social inequalities are highly reproduced by complex and ambiguous regulations within EU social security systems. Social stratification is accelerated as one-time working migrants with no care obligations at young or middle age with high cultural and economic capital can realise free movement within the EU to a much higher extent than other groups. Free movement thus needs to be re-evaluated: Many Europeans cannot secure their social security even if employed and contributing to the social security systems of the EU countries they live in. More information on the session under


August 21-25, 2017 
WSF Thematic Workshop & Summer School on "The Future of Child and Family Welfare Policy"
Groningen, The Netherlands
Organization: Mónica López López (HESTIA), Lennart Nygren (FACSK)
Registration has closed

December 5-6, 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop on "Migration and Welfare"

Birmingham, UK
Anna Amelina (TRANSWEL), Jenny Phillimore (UPWEB)
Registration is open

12-14 July 2017
Council of European Studies Conference
Glasgow, UK
Papers accepted: Ellen M. Immergut/Diana Burlacu, Karen Anderson/Andra Roescu, Tamara Popic/Simone Schneider/Maria Asensio (HEALTHDOX), Anna Amelina, Emma Carmel, Florence Fröhlig, Jana Fingarova (TRANSWEL)

12-15 August  2017
Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
Montreal, Canada
Accepted paper: Simone Schneider (HEALTHDOX)

29 August – 1 September 2017
European Sociological Association Conference
Athens, Greece

Session SPO2 Migration in Times of Europe’s Economic Crisis: Elisabeth Scheibelhofer (TRANSWEL)

31 August – 3 September 2017
APSA Annual Meeting
San Francisco, USA

14-16 September 2017
ESPAnet 2017 Conference - New Horizons of European Social Policy: Risks, Opportunities and Challenges
Lisbon, Portugal
Stream Convenors from or affiliated with WSF Network
Stream 14: Health, Employment Status and Disability: A Comparative and Institutional Perspective (Verle Buffel and Kristian Heggebo, HiNEWS)
Stream 24: The Achilles' Heel of Health Care Futures (Maria Asensio, HEALTHDOX and Beatriz Padilla, UPWEB)

24-25 May 2018
WSF Final Conference
planned for Florence, Italy


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