15. Challenges and Opportunities of Transnational Social Policy
Conveners: Alexandra Kaasch, Anja P. Jakobi
Ervik Rune (University of Bergen, N)
A Travelling Idea: International Organizations and the Dependency Ratio as a Key Concept in Framing the Ageing Challenge
Dijkhoff Tineke (Tilburg University, NL)
The Impact of ILO and CoE Social Security Standards on Social Reforms in New EU Member States: the Cases of Estonia and the Czech Republic
Fargion Valeria ( University of Florence, IT)
The European Union and Global Social Policy. Discourse and policy practice.
van Gerven Minna (University of Amsterdam, NL), Stiller Sabina (Radboud University Nijmegen, NL)
Explicating the nexus between transnational and national policies: how actors link EU activation policies and domestic reforms in Germany and the Netherlands
Kildal Nanna and Nilssen Even (University of Bergen , N)
Comparing Active Ageing policies and their justifications: The EU, ILO and World Bank
Da Roit Barbara and Hoogenboom Marcel ( Utrecht University, NL)
Ideas’ imperialism and (implicit) policy consequences
Processes and analysis of change in European welfare states are increasingly understood as also being influenced by actors and factors beyond the nation state. However, comprehensive approaches on how to theorize and study transnational influences in comparative welfare state research have been developed only to a limited extent. As a consequence, the interaction of national welfare policies and transnational social policies, for example ideas promoted by the OECD, the EU or other actors, is not yet comprehensively analysed. Can international actors and transnational processes of social policy explain policy change in European countries? What are the links between different forms of globalisation, regionalisation, and Europeanisation that push European welfare states to welfare reforms?
This panel is dedicated to explore these developments, linking national welfare development to transnational political activities. We invite papers that focus on international and transnational processes or actors, and their impact on welfare state change in any social policy field. Papers may address, for example, questions of the definitions, dimensions or functions of transnational social policy and related terms (including issues of transnational rights, redistribution, and regulation), or the relationships between globalisation and the welfare state. Papers may address the issues at stake through multiple approaches: e.g. studies on international organisations and other actors (e.g. CSOs, INGOs, business, etc.), policy diffusion, policy transfer, learning, and multi-level governance.
We encourage paper submissions from different disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. political science, sociology, economics, law, etc.).