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Breaking Confines: Interdisciplinary Model-Building for a Complex World

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Martin Carrier (Bielefeld, GER),
Axel Gelfert (Berlin, GER)

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Paul Michael Köster (Nürnberg, GER)


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Uwe Scheffer (Frankfurt (Oder), GER),
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Breaking Confines: Interdisciplinary Model-Building for a Complex World (BreaCon)

2018/2020

Model-building is a methodological centerpiece for addressing the challenges of a complex world. The Breaking Confines (BreaCon) cooperation group is intended to deal with modeling practices by interdisciplinary reflection and exchange. Its participants come from physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, the social sciences, history, and philosophy. They join forces in combining model-building as a central epistemic activity with studies on and analysis of model-building. The envisaged cooperative research process is essentially interdisciplinary in that the migration of models across disciplinary boundaries is pursued.

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Forschungsgruppe

Understanding Southern Welfare. Ideational and historical foundations of social policies in Brazil, India, China and South Africa

2018

The twentieth century was a century of expanding social policy and the rise of the 'welfare state'. During that century, Western nation states turned into 'democratic welfare capitalism' (T.H. Marshall), with social expenditures reaching 20-35% of GDP, and coverage of the population by social security provisions verging towards 100%. In the twenty-first century, the countries of the global South play an increasingly important role in terms of population growth, their share in the global economy, and potential or real global political power. Which route have Southern countries been taking regarding the 'social' side of society?

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In Search of the Global Labour Market - Actors, Structures and Policies

2017/2018

Globalisation is on everybody's lips. Like few others this catchword epitomises the dynamic changes of present times, not least with regard to labour markets. Never before have such a large number of people emigrated in the hope of better working and living conditions. Never before were so many flight miles spent on business travel. For the highly qualified elites globalisation appears as a cornucopia of opportunities. In less privileged sectors of the labour market, above all in industry, employers refer to the 'pressure of globalisation' to justify the lowering of standards and wages or the shifting of jobs abroad.

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