Societies Under Stress: Investigating the Relationship between Welfare and Penal Policies in an Era of Rising Insecurities

August 22, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 4:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Block O

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to advance collaborative research on the relationship between social welfare and penal policies across nations. It will bring together scholars from around the globe and from different disciplinary backgrounds, mainly from political science, sociology and law, to ask: What are the causal links between crime control and social welfare policies? What are the ideological, political, social and historical foundations of these programs within and across nations? We know little about why some countries are much more active on law and order than on welfare while others choose the opposite path. What role, for example, do democracy and state capacities, partisan politics, legal systems, political culture, neo-liberal policies and discourses, and the global diffusion of ideas play in shaping policy choices across nations? And under what conditions do countries change path? When do voters become more inclined to support one over the other? Do we see a common shift towards less welfare and more law and order? Or, looking beyond the OECD, does the increase in social protection spending that we see in many countries correlate with more lenient penal policies? The workshop is sponsored by the journal Politics & Society** which will review selected papers for the workshop to include in a special issue on this topic.

Confirmed Participants:

David Garland, New York University

Josh Guetzkow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Lisa L. Miller, Rutgers University

Peter Enns, Cornell University

To register to attend the workshop, please follow this link: https://mershoncenter.osu.edu/eventcalendar/eventdetail/677/-/societies-under-stress-welfare- and-penal-policies-amid-rising-insecurity.html

Conference Organizers:

Sarah Brooks, Ohio State University (Political Science) Sarah Berens, University of Cologne

Peter Starke, University of Southern Denmark

Georg Wenzelberger, Kaiserslautern University, Germany Marianne Ulricksen, University of Southern Denmark

 

** In addition to a seed grant from Politics & Society, the conference is funded by generous grant from the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, and the Office of International Affairs, Ohio State University.

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