Thursday
22.02.2018
9:00 Uhr
SFB 884 / MZES Guest TalkPublic
Child care or unemployment benefits? Mapping labor union positions in a two-dimensional social policy space
Location
B6, 30-32 - Room 310
Date
start: 22.02.2018 - 9:00 Uhr
end: 22.02.2018 - 10:00 Uhr

Speaker:
Nona Bledow - University of Konstanz
Abstract:
Labor unions played an important role in the construction and expansion of the welfare state in industrialized countries. Both unions as well as welfare states have, however, undergone considerable change in recent decades, making it important to reconsider the relation between unions and welfare states. Yet little is known about the role of unions in, and their positions on, current welfare state developments, such as a shift to social investment policies. This paper constructs a model of a two-dimensional social policy space, social investment vs. classic compensatory policy constituting one dimension, while the second dimension captures a general focus on welfare policy contrasted to a more narrow focus on labor market policy. The author argues that the positions of unions in this policy space vary substantially across different types of unions, and that this is related to the diverging membership base as well as changes and differences in the pools of potential union recruits. This argument is explored by applying quantitative text analysis to labor union publications in three countries, Denmark, Germany, and the UK, and conducting expert interviews.

Tuesday
27.02.2018
13:00 Uhr
SFB 884 Guest TalkPublic
Mobile surveys
Location
B6, 30-32 - Room 310
Date
start: 27.02.2018 - 13:00 Uhr
end: 27.02.2018 - 14:00 Uhr

Speaker:
Peter Lugtig - Utrecht University
Abstract:
Surveys have gone mobile. When data are collected through questionnaires, it is nowadays typical for 10-50% of all responses to be completed on a mobile device. This is true for market research, but also for scientific studies, and data collection in official statistics. Mobile surveys pose problems in terms of nonresponse and data quality, but also offer opportunities to improve the way we collect data. This talk will focus on both aspects. I will discuss how web surveys need to be adapted in order to be mobile-feasible; both in terms of questionnaire length and content. I will show several examples of studies from recent years that have studies ways to redesign web surveys to become smartphone friendly, and will indicate where I feel we still need to do work.I will also discuss the use of mobile sensor data, that can be collected using apps , and used to enrich questionnaire data. Examples will come from recent collaborative studies conducted with Statistics Netherlands and market researchers.

Monday
05.03.2018
14:00 Uhr
SFB Seminar SeriesPublic
Propaganda, Cognitive Constraints, and Regime Survival
Location
B6, 30-32 - Room 310
Date
start: 05.03.2018 - 14:00 Uhr
end: 05.03.2018 - 15:00 Uhr

Speaker:
Carlo M. Horz - IAST - The Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse
Abstract:
An important determinant for the effectiveness of propaganda—the extent to which it shapes behavior—is the cognitive state of the audience. Game-theoretic models usually assume that receivers of communication are alert and skeptical; by contrast, political and social psychologists as well as behavioral economists characterize the public as cognitively constrained, often lacking resources or motivation in order to think critically about the world. I incorporate these findings in a game-theoretical model of strategic communication. Receivers endogenously choose whether or not to be critical, as a function of the message received and the political environment. I use the model to make predictions about the effect of the costs of being skeptical, the ideology of the receiver, the level of repression in the regime, and whether or not there is a regime crises on propaganda. I test some of these hypotheses employing textual data from Communist East Germany.

Monday
19.03.2018
14:00 Uhr
SFB Seminar SeriesPublic
Policymaking when the educated govern: A study of close municipal elections
Location
B6, 30-32 - Room 310
Date
start: 19.03.2018 - 14:00 Uhr
end: 19.03.2018 - 15:00 Uhr

Speaker:
Marta Curto-Grau - Universitat de Barcelona
Abstract:
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Monday
16.04.2018
14:00 Uhr
SFB Seminar SeriesPublic
tba
Location
B6, 30-32 - Room 310
Date
start: 16.04.2018 - 14:00 Uhr
end: 16.04.2018 - 15:00 Uhr

Speaker:
Amuitz Garmendia Madariaga - Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Abstract:
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Monday
23.04.2018
14:00 Uhr
SFB Seminar SeriesPublic
tba
Location
B6, 30-32 - Room 310
Date
start: 23.04.2018 - 14:00 Uhr
end: 23.04.2018 - 15:00 Uhr

Speaker:
Michelle Taylor-Robinson - Texas AM University
Abstract:
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Monday
14.05.2018
14:00 Uhr
SFB Seminar SeriesPublic
tba
Location
B6, 30-32 - Room 310
Date
start: 14.05.2018 - 14:00 Uhr
end: 14.05.2018 - 15:00 Uhr

Speaker:
Livia Isabella Schubiger - LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Abstract:
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Monday
28.05.2018
14:00 Uhr
SFB Seminar SeriesPublic
tba
Location
B6, 30-32 - Room 310
Date
start: 28.05.2018 - 14:00 Uhr
end: 28.05.2018 - 15:00 Uhr

Speaker:
Nina Wiesehomeier - IE School of International Relations in Madrid
Abstract:
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