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Growth Models and the Welfare State

Dates:
  • Thu 04 Jun 2020 09.00 - 18.00
  • Fri 05 Jun 2020 10.00 - 18.00
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In recent years, especially since the onslaught of the Great Recession, the scholarly interest in the politics of macroeconomic policy choice in comparative political economy has resurfaced with a vengeance. Unsurprisingly, the renewed attention macro-economic policy choices has come in tandem with rejuvenated focus on core state actors, governments (finance ministries) and central banks, being brought back into comparative institutional political economy analysis. The so-called ‘growth model’ literature, advanced by Lucio Baccaro and Jonas Pontusson, has been very much at the vanguard of the renaissance. With its focus on core factors on economic demand, the ‘growth model’ literature is far more substantive in orientation than the rather procedural approach of the Varieties of Capitalism, centered around more formal supply-side coordination mechanisms. This substantive orientation, moreover, allows for a fruitful intellectual engagement with comparative welfare research, inspired long ago by Gøsta Esping-Andersen (1990; 1999), with its equally prominent substantive thrust centered around economic security and family demography.

What are, to use a Weberian notion, the ‘elective affinities’ between growth models and welfare regimes? What bearings do the growth model perspective bring to our understanding of the vectors of welfare reform, and vice versa, how do domestic social protection commitments, built up over many decades, inform, shape, constrain and (re-)direct domestic growth strategies? These are the central questions that will be discussed at EUI on the 4th and 5th June, among the political economists Lucio Baccaro, Jonas Pontusson, Doro Bohle and Philipp Genschel and the welfare state scholars Anke Hassel, Bruno Palier and Anton Hemerijck, and EUI researchers, over a two-day workshop. 

The workshop’s structure is twofold. On the first day, participants will discuss primary readings on growth models, introduced by Lucio Baccaro and Jonas Pontusson, in the morning session on the 4th of June, followed, in the afternoon, by a presentation of Anke Hassel and Bruno Palier linking the growth-model literature to study of welfare reform. On the second day, researchers will engage in a semi-structured debate, on the basis of number of more critical readings on the relative merits of growth model conjectures and welfare reform experiences in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The purpose of this exercise is to leverage a rich, semi-structured, exchange of ideas over issues of growth and welfare, between EUI researchers and the invited speakers.

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In recent years, especially since the onslaught of the Great Recession, the scholarly interest in the politics of macroeconomic policy choice in comparative political economy has resurfaced with a vengeance. Unsurprisingly, the renewed attention macro-economic policy choices has come in tandem with rejuvenated focus on core state actors, governments (finance ministries) and central banks, being brought back into comparative institutional political economy analysis. The so-called ‘growth model’ literature, advanced by Lucio Baccaro and Jonas Pontusson, has been very much at the vanguard of the renaissance. With its focus on core factors on economic demand, the ‘growth model’ literature is far more substantive in orientation than the rather procedural approach of the Varieties of Capitalism, centered around more formal supply-side coordination mechanisms. This substantive orientation, moreover, allows for a fruitful intellectual engagement with comparative welfare research, inspired long ago by Gøsta Esping-Andersen (1990; 1999), with its equally prominent substantive thrust centered around economic security and family demography.

What are, to use a Weberian notion, the ‘elective affinities’ between growth models and welfare regimes? What bearings do the growth model perspective bring to our understanding of the vectors of welfare reform, and vice versa, how do domestic social protection commitments, built up over many decades, inform, shape, constrain and (re-)direct domestic growth strategies? These are the central questions that will be discussed at EUI on the 4th and 5th June, among the political economists Lucio Baccaro, Jonas Pontusson, Doro Bohle and Philipp Genschel and the welfare state scholars Anke Hassel, Bruno Palier and Anton Hemerijck, and EUI researchers, over a two-day workshop. 

The workshop’s structure is twofold. On the first day, participants will discuss primary readings on growth models, introduced by Lucio Baccaro and Jonas Pontusson, in the morning session on the 4th of June, followed, in the afternoon, by a presentation of Anke Hassel and Bruno Palier linking the growth-model literature to study of welfare reform. On the second day, researchers will engage in a semi-structured debate, on the basis of number of more critical readings on the relative merits of growth model conjectures and welfare reform experiences in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The purpose of this exercise is to leverage a rich, semi-structured, exchange of ideas over issues of growth and welfare, between EUI researchers and the invited speakers.


Location:
Online teaching through zoom -

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Workshop

Contact:
Maureen Lechleitner (EUI) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Anton Hemerijck (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Speaker:
Prof Jonas Pontusson (Université de Genève)
Prof Lucio Baccaro (University of Geneva)
Prof. Bruno Palier (CEE/LIEPP)
Professor of Public Policy Anke Hassel (Hertie School)

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