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ECPR Virtual Methods School 2020

Socio-Economic Inequalities and Political Cleavages in Post-Industrial Societies

Workshop Number
Workshop Director
Silja Häusermann
University of Zurich
Workshop Co-Directors
Achim Kemmerling
Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Universität Erfurt
José Fernández-Albertos
Universidad Autònoma de Madrid – Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos del CSIC

The workshop will address three questions: first, what are the major (new) socio-economic divides in post-industrial societies? Second, under what conditions, by whom and how are these divides politically mobilized? And third, to what extent do these political differences lead to changing dynamics in major areas of welfare state policy? The workshop taps into a very prolific field of the comparative political economy of welfare states in recent years: labour market segmentation, dualisation and insider-outsider divides, new social risks, and new political conflict lines in welfare state politics.

Even though these ideas have spread widely in the discipline, this emerging strand of research still faces major theoretical and empirical challenges that we would like to address in this workshop. Some examples suffice to show this: What are the theoretical implications of cleavage lines that are endogenous to the politics of welfare states? How do we measure these cleavages? When and how do these cleavages get translated into politics? And how do these cleavages affect traditional insurance- and redistribution-based politics? The workshop will thereby contribute to establishing the terms of this ongoing and rapidly growing debate in the literature.

The workshop invites theoretical and empirical (preferably comparative) contributions which deal with some of these theoretical or empirical problems. We encourage contributions that deal with both OECD or non-OECD countries. We also invite contributions from adjacent disciplines such as sociology or economics.

Paper List

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A Multi-level Approach of the Impact of Inequality on Political Cleavages in the ‘New’ Europe View Paper Details
Are Social Democratic Parties Insider Parties? Electoral strategies of Social Democratic Parties in Western Europe View Paper Details
Attitudinal Effects of Income Inequality: Cross-national and Experimental Evidence View Paper Details
Between Exclusion and Solidarity? Preferences for Private vs. Public Welfare Provision and the Size of the Informal Sector View Paper Details
Can Welfare States Manage Re-distributive Conflicts? The Determinants of the Gap in the Demand for Re-distribution Between the Rich and the Poor across Advanced Industrial Democracies View Paper Details
Caught in a Dilemma? Heterogeneous Party Electorates and Economic Realignment in Western Europe View Paper Details
Globalisation, Socio-Economic Divides, and the Dilemma of Established Political Parties View Paper Details
How Labour Ended up Taxing Itself and Why it Matters: The Long-term Evolution of the Politics in German Labour Taxation View Paper Details
New Social Divides and the Demand for Work/Care Policies View Paper Details
Political Parties and Non-standard Employment View Paper Details
Public Attitudes Towards Unemployment Policies in Western Europe. Why Political Sophistication should not be Neglected when Analysing Labour Market Divides View Paper Details
Social-Democratic Strategies towards Labor-Market Risks View Paper Details
The Electoral Behaviour of Insiders and Outsiders View Paper Details
The Impact of Labour Market Dualisation: The Case of Inequality View Paper Details
The Politics of Opting Out: Political Coalitions and the Public-Private Mix of Social Service Provision View Paper Details
The Service Sector to the Fore. The Politics of 'Cheap Jobs' in Germany View Paper Details
Voters' Perceptions of Inequality and Parties' Programmatic Reactions View Paper Details
Welfare State, Labor Market Outsiders and the Strength of Radical Populist Parties in Europe View Paper Details
What Explains the Politicisation of Insider-Outsiders Divides in Europe? View Paper Details
What makes Trade Unions support Labor Market Outsiders? Comparing Trade Unions' Behaviour toward Outsiders during Labour Market Policy Reforms in Western Europe since the late 1980s View Paper Details
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