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OCTOBER 2014: Towards Inclusive Employment and Welfare Systems: Challenges for a Social Europe
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10/9/2014 to 10/10/2014
When: 10/9/2014

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Towards Inclusive Employment and Welfare Systems: Challenges for a Social Europe 

9-10 October 2014, Berlin 

Since the onset of the financial crisis, European integration has come under pressure not only politically but also economically and socially. Rising unemployment and deprivation have deepened divisions both between countries and between labour market insiders and outsiders. The EU's major social policy response to the crisis has been the 'social investment' agenda that calls for a better integration of employment and social policies, similar to the earlier 'active inclusion' paradigm yet at least rhetorically with a strengthened focus on economic performance rather than social cohesion. In October 2014, six FP7 research projects (COPE, FLOWS, IMPROVE, INSPIRES, LOCALISE and WILCO) are organizing a conference to explore current social trends in Europe as well as the effect of social investment or active inclusion policies - where they exist - on patterns of social inclusion and exclusion. Attention will also be paid to the intersection between policy and governance, and the question how social and employment policies are (best) implemented, especially at the local level. More conceptual considerations about the current direction of social and employment policy in Europe are also welcome.
A more extensive Call for Papers can be found in the attachment and on the conference website

Keynote speakers

Colin Crouch
Bruno Palier
Chiara Saraceno


1. The changing role of non-public actors in active inclusion policies

Chairs: Håkan Johansson, Lund University & Franca Maino, University of Milan (COPE)

2. The local governance of integrated social and employment policies
Chairs: Martin Heidenreich, Deborah Rice & Katharina Zimmermann, University of Oldenburg (LOCALISE)

3. Social innovation and urban governance
Chair: Taco Brandsen, Radboud University Nijmegen (WILCO)

4. Policy learning for inclusive and resilient labour markets
Chair: Menno Fenger, Erasmus University Rotterdam (INSPIRES)

5. The impact of social investment on gender parity and social cohesion
Chair: Per Jensen, Aalborg University (FLOWS)

6. Which social policy paradigm for the 21st century?

Chairs: Bea Cantillon & Tim Goedemé, University of Antwerp (IMPROVE)

In the case of high demand, additional open workshops may be organized.

Submission of abstracts: 31 March 2014
Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2014
Submission of papers: 15 September 2014

Interested applicants should send their abstract to the conference organizers and to the convenors of the workshop for which they apply. The e-mail addresses of the workshop convenors can be found on the conference website. Each abstract should contain the title of the proposed paper, the name, affiliation and contact information of the author(s), and a short description of the content of the paper (maximum 3/4 - 1 page).

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