WSF Newsletter #1/2017

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 new publications from the WSF projects WelfSOC and HEALTHDOX. Furthermore, the event section (WSF Thematic Workshops) has been updated.

Your WSF Coordination Office
Child Care Costs and Quality - What Britain can Learn from its Northern Neighbors
When Britons stare at the blue dot on their pregnancy test, the first question that springs to mind might not be "Do you think it'll be a boy or a girl?" As childcare in Britain is ranked among the most expensive in the world, probably the first thing that comes to their minds is, "How are we going to afford the childcare?"

In her latest research, Heejung Chung (University of Kent), researcher in the NORFACE Welfare State Futures Project “Our Children's Europe”, an international project that examines attitudes towards the welfare state and its future development in six European countries, together with her colleague Bart Meulemann (Centre for Sociological Research, University of Leuven), compared parents’ attitudes towards publicly-provided childcare services across Europe. Unsurprisingly, the results showed that Britons had one of the lowest levels of support for publicly-provided childcare – with only the Dutch and Slovakians scoring lower out of the 23 countries surveyed. On the other hand, people living in Denmark, the poster child of childcare provision, ranked number one in their support of publicly-provided childcare.

Heejung Chung´s blog article on The Conversation can be accessed here. More in-depth information can be retrieved from the underlying research article published in the Journal of European Societies via Taylor & Francis Online (Open Access).

New Publication by HEALTHDOX  Researcher Björn Rönnerstrand on "Corruption and use of antibiotics in regions of Europe"

The HEALTHDOX Project investigates the current political determinants and policy consequences of post-1989 European health reforms. The end of the cold war was a turning point for many European health systems, with many post-socialist transition countries privatizing their state-run health systems, and many West and Southern European health systems experimenting with new public management and other market-oriented health reforms. The aim of the project is to document the policy changes that have taken place over the course of the 1990s and through the first decade and a half of the 21st century, and to evaluate the consequences of these reforms for health care provision, especially how these changes in the public-private mix in health affect individual attitudes towards the health system.

HEALTHDOX comprises seven country teams in six countries (Estonia, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden) and has established a cooperative network comprised of researchers from all 28 European Union nations, as well as selected neighboring and accession candidate countries, among them Björn Rönnerstrand from the University of Gothenburg whose latest contribution investigates the association between corruption and antibiotic use at sub-national level.

In his article "Corruption and use of antibiotics in regions of Europe" co-authored by Victor Lapuente (Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg), he explores the correlation between, on the one hand, two measures of corruption (prevalence of corruption in the health sector and prevalence of bribes in the society) at regional level from the European Quality of Government Index; and, on the other, the consumption of antibiotics in those European regions from a 2009 Special Euro Barometer. After controlling for potential confounders as purchasing power of standardized regional gross domestic product, inhabitants per medical doctor and age-standardized all-cause mortality rates, the authors’ multivariate regression model approach shows, that there is a strong positive association between both measures of corruption (i.e. in the health sector, and in the society at large) and antibiotics use; and that this association is robust to the introduction of the control variables. These results support previous findings in the literature linking corruption to higher antibiotic use at cross-national level. The authors show that corruption does seem to account for some of the remarkable between-region variation in antibiotic consumption in Europe.

The article published in Health Policy can be accessed online via sciencedirect.


February 22-24, 2017 
WSF Thematic Workshop on "Welfare State Attitudes"
Gothenburg, Sweden
Organization: Wim van Oorschot (WelfSOC Partner), Maria Oskarsson and Björn Rönnerstrand (HEALTHDOX)

March 16-17 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop & Masterclass on "Migration and Welfare"
The Hague, The Netherlands
Organization: Helga de Valk (MobileWelfare)
+++ Registration Deadline Extended until January 22 (members of the WSF network only) +++

August 12-16, 2017 
WSF Thematic Workshop & Summer School on "The Future of Child and Family Welfare Policy"
Groningen, The Netherlands
Oragnization: Mónica López López (HESTIA), Lennart Nygren (FACSK)

6-8 January 2017
2017 Allied Social Sciences Associations Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL, USA

11-15 January 2017
SSWR 21st Annual Conference "Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth" 
San Francisco, CA, US

19-21 April 2017
17th European Conference for Social Work Research
Aalborg, Denmark

14-17 June 2017
31th Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics
Glasgow, Scotland

+++ Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 February 2017 +++
3-5 July 2017
Regulating Decent Work (RDW) 2017 Conference
Geneva, Switzerland
+++ Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 December 2016 +++

12-15 August , 2017
Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
Montreal, Canada

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