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BAMBERG GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

RESEARCH WORKSHOP

WHAT PEOPLE KNOW AND THINK:
The Role of Attitudes and Information in the Process of Political Decision-Making and Policy Use

at the University of Bamberg, 16-17 March, 2017


 

 

 

// INTER-DISCIPLINARY CONCEPT


▐  What impacts individual use of social policies? And how are policies decided upon in the first place? Which role do attitudes and information of population and policy makers play?

Over the past decades, many European countries have increasingly invested in social policies to facilitate the combination of employment and family. However, previous social science research has on the one hand focused on the structural and institutional level of policy-making, comparing policy decisions over time and across countries to decipher patterns, similarities or differences. On the other hand, studies have predominantly investigated whether changes in social policy have reduced social inequalities and social stratification. However, less is known about the role of attitudes and information when it comes to political decision-making and use of implemented social policies. 

_______ To-date, the influence of attitudes and information on the use of policies such as family policies, education policies, welfare policies is well assumed. However, only few studies provide empirical evidence on how individual attitudes as well as relevant information on availability or access conditions may moderate the individual use of policies. Moreover, only few studies have investigated whether and through which channels policy legislation may also alter social attitudes and norms in the short-term. Against the well documented background of socio-economic disparities in use as well as the heterogeneous impact of social policies, this rather comes as a surprise.

_______ There is an equally important research gap with regard to the role of information and attitudes in the process of political decision making itself. Yet, it can be assumed that attitudes and the availability of information have a significant impact on actors and decision-making processes. Again, there is not much research on how attitudes of population and political actors, as well as information through media and other channels, might affect party and government positions on social policy. Little is known especially about how this influences actors’ subsequent strategies in policy-making processes. Social policy has long been a key concern for national governments, and is increasingly important to policy-makers in the European Union. However, research has not sufficiently explored how attitudes and affect policy-makers positions and strategies and alter the European process of social policy-making.

_______ We wish to connect researchers of different disciplines and methodological backgrounds in a workshop to discuss these questions and see how we can jointly improve research: on the importance of attitudes and available information in the context of access and use of social policies as well as the decision-making process of such policies on the national and European level. Our workshop aims to encourage a debate about where research stands, what current theoretical frameworks as well as methods can and cannot achieve and where our research should head.

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// CONFIRMED GUESTS AND PARTICIPANTS


Prof. Dr. Carlo Barone (Sciences Po, Paris) - Sociology
Dr. Agnes Blome (WZB, Berlin Social Science Center) - Political Science
Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz (Bamberg University) - Sociology
Prof. Michelle J. Budig, PhD (University of Massachusetts) - Sociology
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaissmaier (University of Konstanz) - Psychology
Prof. Roberta Guerrina, PhD (University of Surrey) - Political Science
Prof. Dr. Daniela Grunow (Goethe University Frankfurt) - Sociology
Prof. Dr. Till Grüne-Yanoff (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) - Philosophy
Dr. Michael F. Meffert (Leiden University) - Political Science
Dr. Elias Naumann (University of Mannheim) - Sociology
Dipl.-Volksw. Erik Neimanns (University of Konstanz) - Economics
Dipl.-Soz. Regina Neumann (State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg) - Sociology
Prof. Dr. Bernd Schlipphak (University of Muenster (WWU)) - Political Science
Prof. Pia S. Schober, Ph.D. (University of Tübingen) - Sociology
Prof. Dr. Jacquelien van Stekelenburg (VU University, Amsterdam) - Sociology
Dr. Caren Tempelman (SEO Amsterdam Economics) - Economics
Prof. Dr. Dimiter Toshkov (Leiden University)

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// WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

 

Download the Programme as PDF here(53.8 KB).

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// HOSTS AND ORGANIZERS


ISABEL WINNWA

University of Bamberg,
Doctoral Fellow at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences,
Political Science

Her research interests include the role of actors in EU decision-making processes, focusing on Council of Ministers and European Parliament, comparing the Justice and Home Affairs and Social Policy areas. In her doctoral project, she investigates the key role of actors and their strategies in legislative negotiations in intra- and interinstitutional decision-making processes.  

www.uni-bamberg.de/bagss/isabel-winnwa
isabel.winnwa(at)uni-bamberg.de

 

GUNDULA ZOCH
University of Bamberg,
Doctoral Fellow at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences,
Sociology

Her research interests include social and gender inequalities in labour market participation and family processes and how social policies impact social stratification over the life course. In her doctoral project, she investigates whether the recent expansion of childcare services in Germany has altered parents’ gender role attitudes as well as maternal employment participation. 

www.uni-bamberg.de/bagss/gundula-zoch
gundula.zoch(at)uni-bamberg.de

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// TRAVEL TO BAMBERG

Bamberg can be reached by high speed trains (ICE) from many German cities, as it is located on the high-speed railway line Munich – Nuremberg – Leipzig – Berlin/Hamburg.

Distances: Airport Nuremberg NUE -1 hour by train; Airport Munich MUC, Airport Frankfurt FRA - 3 hours by train.

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// OVERVIEW

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