"Populismus und Soziale Ungleichheit – Aktuelle Debatten"
Panel discussion at the Berlin Science Week 2019 – 7 November 2019
As part of the 2019 Berlin Science Week, the two social sciences Clusters of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" and "Contestations of the Liberal Script - SCRIPTS" invited the public to take part in a panel discussion on the question how populism and social inequality are related.
Disscussants were Marianne Braig (Free Unversity Berlin), Marius R. Busemeyer (University of Konstanz, Speaker of the Cluster), Laura-Kristine Krause (More In Common Deutschland); the discussion was moderated by Christian Volk (Free Unversity Berlin).
The participants qickly engaged in lively exchanges from complementary viewpoints: Marianne Braig brought a Latin America perspective to the table, Marius R. Busemeyer spoke about the OECD world, and Laura-Kristine Krause was able to shed light on the practical side of things. Thematically, the question was how to define populism, and how the definition varies across countries and time periods. A central problem that was discussed is the increasing variety in living conditions, which results in ever fewer points of everyday contact between different milieus.
Subsequently, the numerous audience was invited to discuss with the panelists.
Cluster Opening Conference 2019
Opening Conference of the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" – 9 to 11 October, 2019
On 9 to 11 October 2019, the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" marked the first year of its research activity with an Opening Conference. A festive public evening event at the Konstanz Konzil on 9 October was followed by two days of intense discussion and inspiring exchange in the Cluster's own Y building rooms at the University.
The first act of our Cluster's Opening Conference consisted of a public evening event at the Konstanz Konzil. Marcel Fratzscher (President of the German Economic Research Institute, Berlin) gave a public talk on "Ungleichheit in Zeiten von Wandel und Umbruch" ("Inequality in Times of Change and Disruption"). The talk was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Claudia Diehl (University of Konstanz, Co-Speaker of the Cluster), which besides Marcel Fratzscher included Bettina Kohlrausch (University of Paderborn), Florian Ranft (Das Progressive Zentrum, Berlin) and Friedrich Breyer (University of Konstanz).
On 10 and 11 October, the conference participants came together in three sessions that made up the main part of the conference proper. These sessions were kept wide open thematically, as they were intended to represent the width of the Cluster's research agenda instead of delving deeply into more specific questions. Therefore, the sessions were tied to the Cluster's research areas: "Perceptions", "Participation", and "Policies". Each session was led into by a keynote speech given by one of the Cluster's Scientific Advisory Committee members. Keynotes were held by Keith Payne (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Leslie McCall (Northwestern University), and Christian Joppke (University of Bern). You can find the conference program here.
In our view, the Cluster Opening Conference was a wonderful success. We spent three inspiring days together, getting to know each other, discussing, and learning. We are already looking forward to greet our guests again on another occasion!
"Political Causes and Effects of Socio-Economic Inequality"
Annual Conference 2019 of the DVPW Section "Political Economy" — 23 to 24 May, 2019
On May 23 and 24, 2019, the German Political Science Association (Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft, DVPW) and the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" at the University of Konstanz held the annual conference of the DVPW section "Political Economy". The event was organized by the section's board consisting of Laura Seelkopf (LMU, Munich), Colette Vogeler (Heidelberg University), Joscha Wullweber (University of Vienna) and Marius Busemeyer (University of Konstanz), the latter of whom functioned as host in his role as Chairman of the Cluster.
Carsten Jensen (Aarhus University, DK) held the keynote speech, investigating how life cycle risks (such as old age and the increasing risk of falling ill) lead to inequality, and how this affects policy.
Subsequent to the keynote, multiple aspects of the causes and effects of socio-economic inequality were discussed in eight sessions (find the full program here). The organizers had left plenty of room for debate by adopting parallel sessions - room that was eagerly filled with discussion by the participants. The ambiance among those present - ca. 40 researchers had come together for the conference - was easy, yet industrious and animated.
We are very happy that our Cluster was able to host such a high-quality scientific event in such a pleasant atmosphere this shortly after our inception at the start of 2019.