European Institute of Social Security, Leuven
The European Institute of Social Security (EISS) was founded in 1968
as an international scientific association. The members of the Institute-presently
about 500 lawyers, economists, sociologists, administrators, actuaries,
etc-are committed to the study of social security on an international
level. The EISS describes the various effects of this cross-border approach
(http://www.kuleuven.ac. be/eiss/page1-1-1.htm) as follows:
- A first consequence […] is a keen interest in the theoretical study
of social security. An abstract approach is applied. This theoretical
perspective is very useful for developing new elements relating to social
security which can then be adopted and employed in national systems.
- The interest in the cross-border aspects of social security also involves
the extensive study of International and European social security law.
Here, our approach supports the idea that even though a strong social
component is a sine qua non for the further development of the European
Community, sufficient social protection on a European as well as an
international level can only be guaranteed now that the world has turned
into a global village.
- The third important element in this cross-border approach is its comparative
element. A great deal of attention is paid to the methodology as well
as to the practical comparison of social security systems. The conclusions
drawn from research in this field constitute a new starting point for
improving existing systems.
- Finally, it must be noted that the European Institute of Social Security
uses a multi-disciplinary approach. Not only does it focus on social
security law; it also includes other disciplines, such as fiscal law,
constitutional law, economic law and international and European law.
Even such subjects as social policy, economics, philosophy, and so forth,
are included in the EISS' scope of interest. This multi-disciplinary
approach guarantees a more accurate and comprehensive output.
Community of experts: The EISS has direct access to an extensive
range of experts from all Western European countries and most countries
in Central and Eastern Europe. It offers them a forum for the exchange
of information and provides methods for analysis and assessment.
Multi-disciplinarity: Members of the Institute comprise lawyers, economists,
sociologists, administrators, actuaries, … They work in scientific institutions,
in social organisations, in social security institutions or in public
Comparison: Over the years the EISS has learned to make full use of
this enormous potential of knowledge and information resulting from the
fact that so many different countries and branches are involved. The development
of a comparative methodology allows our Institute to find solutions to
problems at the many levels and in the numerous dimensions of European
social security at large. In addition, it is often the key answer to more
specific issues (Source: http://www.kuleuven.ac.be/eiss/page1-1-2.htm).
Colloquia: Every year, the EISS organises an international colloquium
where social security specialists coming from all European countries meet
to discuss selected topics (see section 'Forthcoming Events' of this Newsletter
for an account of this year's colloquium).
Yearbook: The proceedings of these colloquia are published in the
yearbooks issued by the Institute. The entire collection of yearbooks
constitutes an indispensable part of every social security library.
Research: The EISS undertakes research in the field of comparative
studies of social security, mainly for the Council of Europe, the EU Commission,
and national governments. Depending on the project, the Institute cooperates
with individual experts or multi-disciplinary and international teams.
Moreover, it can give governments or organisations advice on concrete
Information: The EISS can be asked to send experts in specific fields
to deliver a speech on seminars or meetings. Besides, the national sections
and working groups of the EISS are invited to organise small colloquia
on selected themes.
Training and Education: The experts of our Institute have extensive
experience concerning the development and implementation of training strategies
and programmes. The package they offer includes identifying needs, recommending
training techniques and developing curricula and study material (Source:
Structure and Internal Organisation
The European Institute of Social Security currently consists of 20 national
sections (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands,
Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, United Kingdom) and of individual
members in other countries. A national section can be set up as soon as
there are more than 5 members from one country.
The association comprises individual members and associated members, formed
by collective entities. The individual members must prove that they are
doing research in a particular area of or that they have a professional
interest in social security questions. The associated members are organisations,
institutions or groups who are interested in social security problems.
All individual members together form the General Assembly, which has the
power to realize the objectives of the organisation.
A bureau composed of representatives of the active national sections and
working groups administers the association. The Bureau meets at the annual
conferences or on special convocation of the president or secretary-general.
It determines the detailed programme of the conferences and the publications.
A Presidium consisting of the president, the vice-presidents and the secretary-general
is in charge of the day-to-day management of the EISS.
The Bureau defines the competencies of this small executive board, which
was established to improve the efficiency and the flexibility of the administration
as well as the management. The Presidium is supported by a Secretariat,
which is seated in Leuven and managed by the secretary-general and the
The budget of the EISS, a non-profit organisation, consists of membership
fees, subsidies and income resulting from research projects. Every year,
the Bureau determines the budget of the Institute. It also submits the
accounts to the general assembly. (Source: http://www.kuleuven.ac.be/
What the EISS has to offer to its members
Members receive a copy of the EISS Yearbook, which includes all the
contributions of the speakers who have participated at the annual Colloquium.
In a bookstore this publication would cost approximately 75 euro. The
membership fee for an individual member is 50 euro. Associated members
receive two yearbooks. You can order back copies of the yearbook by depositing
50 euro for each book.
You will be informed on new initiatives of the EISS, its national sections
and working groups and on recent developments in social security on the
Institute's website, which is regularly updated.
You might be contacted to work as an expert in one of the EISS' projects,
on a world-wide, but mostly on a European level. All individual members
will be granted up to 20% discount for their own activities, like seminars,
workshops, conferences, the annual EISS Colloquium, (…) (Source: http://www.kuleuven.ac.be/
Individual members pay the amount of 50 euro, which includes a copy
of the EISS Yearbook. If you do not wish to receive this yearbook, the
membership fee is only 30 Euro.
Associated members, such as organisations, institutions or groups who
are interested in social security problems, pay 350 euro. This includes
a copy of the Yearbook and the right to send at the most three representatives
to EISS activities, meetings, etc. (Source: http://www.kuleuven.ac.be/eiss/page1-1-5-2.htm).
Further information: European Institute of Social Security (EISS), Tiensestraat
41, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. Tel.: 00 32 (0)16 32.54.16, Fax: 00 32 (0) 16
32.54.19, E-mail: email@example.com; http://www.kuleuven.ac.be/eiss.
Family Policy Studies Centre, London
The Family Policy Studies Centre (FPSC) is an independent organisation
set up in 1983 to analyse and disseminate information about the family.
The Centre studies the changing nature of family life in Britain and the
interaction between this and British social policy initiatives. It also
acts as a centre of information, dissemination and debate and has occupied
a pivotal role in family policy debates as a bridge between policy-makers,
researchers and practitioners.
Recent and current research interests include:
- fathers and the changing nature of fatherhood,
- families and welfare,
- the extended family, kinship and friendship networks,
- child support,
- the growth of childlessness,
- single lone parents,
- parenting problems,
- the changing nature of marriage,
- families and the labour market,
- the demography of families and households.
The FPSC has over 70 titles in print, covering many aspects of family
policy and including Occasional Papers, Briefing Papers, Family Reports,
Directories and Working Papers (see section 'Journals and Newsletters'
of this newsletter for a presentation of a new FPSC-publication, the Family
Policy Digest). The Centre also publishes a series of reports in partnership
with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation under the umbrella title Families
& Parenthood: Policy & Practice.
Further information: Family Policy Studies Centre (FPSC), 9 Tavistock
Place, London WC1H 9SN, United Kingdom. Tel.: 020 7388 5900, Fax: 020
7388 5600, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Kansaneläkelaitos (KELA)-The Social Insurance Institution of Finland.
Research and Development Centre
The Social Insurance Institution (SII) is responsible for the basic social
security provision of everyone living in Finland. The SII ensures that
everybody has a basic income and grants financial aid to new mothers,
students, and people suffering from illnesses, unemployment or disability,
as well as upon retirement. The programmes administered by the SII include
basic pension security, health insurance, rehabilitation, basic unemployment
security, maternity grants, child home care allowances, child benefits,
general housing allowances, conscripts' allowances, financial aid for
students, benefits for the disabled, and basic allowances for labour market
The SII operates under the supervision of Parliament. The Institution's
operations are managed by its Board of Directors. Matters of fundamental
importance and certain appointments are decided by an Enlarged Board.
The SII's administration and operations are supervised by twelve Commissioners
elected by Parliament and by eight auditors chosen by the commissioners.
Research, information service, expertise
KELA has a legislated mandate to maintain a research and development programme
and to use the insights gained to further develop its programme operations.
The research and development activies facilitate strategic planning and
decision-making aimed at supporting improvements in the individual benefit
programmes and in customer service. In addition to implementing the R
& D programme, the Research and Development Centre provides policy
advice and information services, manages KELA's scientific publication
programme, and participates in international cooperation in the area of
Expertise backed by experience and research
Among the R & D Centre's researchers in Helsinki and Turku there are
experts in social policy and sociology, law, political history, medicine,
nutrition science, psychology, pharmacology, chemistry, statistics and
sport and health sciences. Interesting, useful and innovative findings
are made possible by our ability to harness expertise in a wide range
The rehabilitation activities are developed by a special multidisciplinary
unit in Turku. Turku also has a client testing unit, including a clinical
laboratory and radiology unit, which provides diagnostic services to the
R & D Centre, the KELA's Rehabilitation Services Unit, and various
other health care providers in the Turku region.
A pragmatic approach
The R & D Centre carries out research and provides expert services
on issues related to income security, health and welfare, the individual
benefit programmes, and KELA's own organization and operations. The main
areas of research are:
- income security,
- health security,
- economics of social security,
- KELA services and administration,
- development of rehabilitation measures,
- diagnostic laboratory and radiology services.
The research findings are published in KELA's own scientific publication
series as well as in Finnish and international journals. KELA has more
than 35 years of experience in social security research, and has published
over 500 volumes in its own series. More than 2,000 articles by KELA's
researchers have been published in outside journals.
An information service unit specializing in social security, rehabilitation
and health promotion has facilities both in Helsinki and Turku. It offers
services to KELA's staff and is open to outside customers as well. The
information service maintains collections of the most important Finnish
and international publications within its area of specialisation, and
makes extensive use of modern technology and electronic media. It also
cooperates with other information centres specialising in social security
and health care on such projects as the Turva CD-ROM, a databank on health
care, social security and work environment issues.
1. Studies in social security and health (1995-)
Harö, AS. (1995). Surveillance of Mortality in the Scandinavian Countries
1947-1993. English. ISBN 951-669-392-X. FIM 76.
Hagfors, R. (1996). The Financing of Social Security in 21 Welfare States.
English Summary. ISBN 951-669-413-6. FIM 54.
Marski, J. (1996). Dimensions of Welfare 1995: Threats, Opportunities
and New Challenges. English summary. ISBN 951-669-417-9. FIM 45.
Repo, K. (1997). Women and Pensions: Comparing Women's Position in Pension
Systems in Finland, Great Britain and Gemany. English summary. ISBN 951-669-432-2.
Hytti, H. (1998). Early Retirement:The Finnish Model. English summary.
ISBN 951-669-451-9. FIM 51.
Alho, K., and H. Kaseva (1999). EMU, Public Sector Finances and the Financing
of Social Security. English summary. ISBN 951-669-487-X. FIM 56.
2. Social security and health
Niemelä, H., and K. Salminen (1995). How to Define a Pension Scheme.
English. ISBN 951-669-386-5. FIM 30.
Niemelä, H., Salminen K., and J. Vanamo (1996). Converging Social
Security Models? English. ISBN 951-669-386-5. FIM 32.
3. Social security and health: working papers
Kalimo, E. (1996). Social Change and Non-contributory Social Security
in Finland. English.
Hagfors, R. (1999). Convergence of Financing Structure 1980-1995. A Technical
4. Other publications issued by KELA
Häggman, K. (1997). Decades of Change: The Social Insurance Institution
1937-1997. In Finnish with an English summary. ISBN 951-669-434-9. FIM
5. Joint publications
Arinen, S., Häkkinen, U., Klaukka, T., Lehtonen, R., and S. Aro (1998).
Health and the Use of Health Services in Finland: Main Findings of the
Finnish Health Care Survey 1995/96 and Changes from 1987. In Finnish and
in English. ISBN 951-33-0764-6. FIM 140.
Further information: KELA-The Social Insurance Institution of Finland.
Research and Development Centre. Information Service, Nordenskiöldinkatu
12, P.O. Box 450, FIN-00101 Helsinki, Tel.: +358 20 434 1702, Fax.: +358
20 434 1757, E-mail: email@example.com;
News from National Statistical Institutes
125 Years Statistics Norway
Established as a separate institution in 1876, the Statistisk sentralbyrå
(Statistics Norway) is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Statistics
Norway is administratively placed under the Ministry of Finance; the work
programme and budget are decided upon by the Parliament. Statistics Norway
has approximately 900 employees and a budget of 50 million Euro. The Norwegian
statistical system is very centralised and all but a few official statistics
are produced by Statistics Norway.
The Statistics Act of 1907/1989 gives the legal framework for the activities
of Statistics Norway as a professional independent institution and for
the collection, production and dissemination of official statistics. In
addition, Statistics Norway shall: prioritise the needs for official statistics,
develop statistical methods and apply statistics to analysis and research,
provide information for statistical use for research purposes and for
public planning, and have the main responsibility for international statistical
Production of statistics
The production of statistics is organised in three departments (economic,
social and industry statistics), and in all areas data collection is now
increasingly done by using administrative registers (approx. 60 different
registers) linked together by the three central identification systems
for persons, legal units/businesses and buildings/housing. Statistics
Norway has an undisputed right to use administrative data for the production
of official statistics and has formal agreements with all owners of administrative
Together with new forms of electronic data collection, this improves the
situation of data suppliers. But much data, especially short-term statistics,
is still collected by means of questionnaires and surveys (350,000 questionnaires
per year), and Statistics Norway maintains its own CAI-based survey unit
with 140 interviewers. Statistics Norway may impose upon any person or
legal unit an obligation to provide information for the production of
The research department was established in 1950 and is one of the largest
social science institutes in Norway. The research objectives are: to provide
empirically-based knowledge of the Norwegian society, to develop analytical
tools for planning and policy-making within the government, to analyse
statistics as part of a quality control and, finally, to develop statistical
methods for producing and presenting statistics.
Research is being done in several areas-modelling, monitoring and forecasting
economic, environmental and social trends. Research units are: social
and demographic research, public economics, resource and environmental
economics, macroeconomics, micro-econometrics and statistical methods
Dissemination of statistics
Statistics Norway's independent role implies that it decides what, when
and how to publish statistics and analyses. The internet is now the main
channel for the dissemination of statistics; Statistics Norway's web pages
have about 2 million 'hits' every month. All statistics are also released
in the internet. Last year, a total of 750 statistical releases were published
(see section 'Historical Statistics' of this newsletter for a presentation
of the Statistical Yearbook of Norway 2000).
The internet release ensures that all users get access to the statistical
releases simultaneously and implies a strict policy of non-differentiated
treatment; ministries, the media and the public are all treated equally.
To ensure that all users have equal access, all statistics made available
on the web site may be used (read, copied, downloaded) free of charge.
Statistics are released according to a release calendar that covers the
next four months and is updated every week.
In spite of the almost explosive increase in internet publishing, the
number of printed publications is also increasing. After release, statistics
are published in reference publications (mainly tables and meta data)
and in more analytical periodicals and research reports. Almost all printed
publications are also available, free of charge, on Statistics Norway's
web site (Source: http://www.
Further information: Statistics Norway, Sales and subscription service,
N-2225 Kongsvinger, Norway. Tel.: +47 62 88 55 00, Fax.: +47 62 88 55
95, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Institut National de Statistique, Belgium
Recently, the Institut National de Statistique (INS) (National Institute
of Statistics), launched its web site, http://statbel.fgov.be. It provides
a wide variety of statistical data.
The section Statistics presents a selection of annual figures, illustrated
by graphs and maps, which is able to present a coherent picture of Belgian
society. Apart from the statistics produced by the INS, statistical information
from other public authorities is included.
The economic indicators, presented as an index, offer a general and up-to-date
appraisal of the Belgian economy. Here, further links to homepages presenting
official indicators are to be found.
The online accessible files (fichiers téléchargeables) make
ready to use and detailed figures available.
Survey 2001 (Enquête 2001) gives information on the last census
and the General Socio-economic Survey to come.
Press communications: The INS pursues a policy of openness in its relationship
with the press.
Recent publications: A short presentation informs about the latest products.
Links to statistical institutes and statistical journals are provided.
Further information: Institut National de Statistique (INS), Rue de Louvain
44, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique. Tel.: +32 (0)2 548 63 65, Fax.: +32 (0)2
548 63 67, E-mail: email@example.com;
Instituto Nacional de Estatística, Portugal
The Instituto Nacional de Estatística (INE) (National Statistics
Institute) improved its online service. From now on, it offers a catalogue
of publications on its web site, http://www.ine.pt.
National Statistics Office, Malta
In October 2000, the Maltese Parliament approved a new law, the Malta
Statistics Authority Act XXIV of 2000. Apart from the establishment of
the Malta Statistics Authority, the new legislation provides for the establishment
of a National Statistics Office.
The Malta Statistics Authority Act 2000 came into force on 1 March 2001.
As a result, the Central Office of Statistics has been reconstituted as
the National Statistics Office as from that date. The National Statistics
Office, which is headed by a Director General, will take over all the
functions that previously pertained to the Central Office of Statistics
as well as new functions as provided for in the newly enforced legislation.
Further information: The Director General, National Statistics Office,
Lascaris, Valletta CMR 02, Malta. Tel. (general): (+356) 223221-5, Fax.
(general): (+356) 248483/249841, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Recent Social Reports in Europe
Social and Cultural Report 2000: The Netherlands in Europe
The Social and Cultural Report 2000 (Sociaal en Cultureel Rapport 2000)
was launched in September 2000. This edition of the report, which is published
once every two years, is almost entirely devoted to a comparison between
the Netherlands and its European neighbours. It examines how the Netherlands
is fairing in comparison with the other countries in the European Union.
Each chapter looks into this question in some detail. Some also look at
a particular domestic issue.
Chapter titles are: demographics; the economy and government finances;
public administration; participation; norms and values; time division
and structuring; health and health care; employment; social security;
housing; education; leisure, the media and cultural affairs; justice and
Social and Cultural Report 2000: The Netherlands in Europe. Social and
Cultural Planning Office: The Hague, September 2000. ISBN 90-377-0015-2,
632 pp., NLG 75 (also available in Dutch).
The report is available in bookstores. You can also order it from the
SCP (fax: +31-70-3407044, e-mail: email@example.com)
or via the web site www.scp.nl.
Further information: Elly Bokma, SCP Information Officer. Tel.: +31-70-3407788
The Statistical Yearbook of Norway is a useful reference work at home,
at schools, and in professional contexts. With the help of 734 tables,
graphs and maps, Statistics Norway presents a cross-section of updated
information about the Norwegian society in a form most people can use.
Strongly influenced by the turn of the millenium, the Statistical Yearbook
of Norway 2000 (119th issue/published 09/2000) also contains a number
of historical tables. Many of the tables go all the way back to the nineteenth
century and provide a good insight into the trend up to the present.
The tables are arranged by subject and introduce each chapter in the yearbook.
Even though both the Statistical Yearbook and yearly publications in the
series Official Statistics of Norway (NOS) contain time series, the main
rule has been to publish historical statistics in separate publications.
The first of these, Statistical Survey 1914, was published in connection
with the centennial celebration of the Norwegian Constitution and consisted
of 46 tables. It was issued in a new expanded edition in 1926 to mark
the 50th anniversary of the Central Bureau of Statistics (the former name
of Statistics Norway). Since 1914, six editions of historical statistics
have been published. The most recent one, which came out in 1995, had
697 pages and is still available.
This is the first time that historical statistics are published together
with the Statistical Yearbook. The turn of the millennium is a special
occasion for looking back, and Statistics Norway wants to contribute with
statistics that will help us reflect upon times that are past but still
present in and an inseparable part of our self-awareness and the institutions'
What are historical statistics? By historical statistics we mean time
series, but there is no exact answer to the question for precisely how
long a time series must be before it can be called historical. As a rule,
tables that were formerly published as historical statistics had to constitute
a time series that led up to the present. These tables were selected and
edited by tracing existing statistics as far back as possible. This selection
principle was modified this time; many time series are included even though
it was not possible to include present-day tables.
Some statistics disappear either because the subjects, for one reason
or another, are no longer of interest, or because the activity the statistics
are supposed to describe disappears. In the selection of tables presented
in the yearbook, there are many examples of this, such as the losses in
wartime during the First and Second World Wars, Norwegian companies' pelagic
whaling, the floating of timber on Norway's major watercourses and the
monthly hiring of seamen on sailing ships. These tables are included in
order to present statistics not just as a source for demography, economic
history and social history, but also as material for the collective memory.
The tables have two main sources: one or more of the previous editions
of historical statistics and individual publications in the series Official
Statistics of Norway (NOS). As a rule, a combination of these sources
is employed. The volumes published by Official Statistics of Norway that
were issued in the 1860s, usually included a historical retrospective,
among other things with references to the statistical system they were
in the process of replacing, i.e. the tables that accompanied the county
governors' five-year reports. In some areas extensive use has been made
of these surveys.
The censuses and the statistics of the populations trend are another main
source. This data has been employed to prepare the plate (on the end leaf)
in the front of the yearbook. At he very back (on the other end leaf),
a copy of some of the background material has been reprinted: the general
table for births and deaths in Norway, Denmark (with its duchies) and
Iceland for 1735-1765. Peter Hersleb, the bishop of Akershus diocese (1730-1737),
instructed his priests how to fill out the parish registers and introduced
a system of yearly reporting of births and deaths starting on 30 December
The references under each table specify which publications the figures
have been taken from. The reference to Statistics Norway's home page gives
information about what kind of statistics have been prepa- red in the
area at present.
Nearly all statistics are revised and nearly every revision means that
comparisons of data from one year with another cannot be made without
reservation. In the notes accompanying the tables, attention has been
called to the substance of some of these revisions and to how they have
affected the data.
For more information, readers are referred to the text of Statistical
Survey 1948, Historical Statistics 1968 and Historical Statistics 1994
Tables contained in the Statistical Yearbook of Norway 2000 are also available
on the web site http://www.ssb.no/english/
Journals and Newsletters
Family Policy Digest
The Digest is a new monthly publication for anyone with an interest in
family policy. Issue one of the Family Policy Studies Centre's (FPSC,
London) roundup of news about parliamentary and voluntary sector developments
in family policy in the United Kingdom appeared in February 2000. Especially
for staff in small voluntary organisations who may not have the resources
to monitor these publications for themselves and for larger organisations
who have a very focused expertise and would welcome a wider overview the
ten annual issues of the Digest might become a useful tool.
The Digest will be mailed to subscribers in the second week of February,
March, April, May, June, July, August, October, November, December (events
in December and August will be covered in the issues mailed in early February
and October). The subscription year runs from 1 January to 31 December.
An annual subscription costs £60.00. If you join during the year
you will pay only for the number of issues you receive in that year. Choose
whether to receive the Digest by mail or through the Centre's website.
For a sample copy please contact the FPSC on 020 7388 5900, or e-mail
the Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org. ac.uk. You may also visit the FPSC's
Schmollers Jahrbuch: Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften.
Journal of Applied Social
The title Journal of Applied Social Science Studies is new, but the journal
itself is old. It was founded about 120 years ago under the title Jahrbuch
für Gesetzgebung, Verwaltung und Rechtspflege des Deutschen Reiches
(Journal for Legislation, Public Administration and Judicature in Germany).
It became famous under the title Schmollers Jahrbuch für Gesetzgebung,
Verwaltung und Volkswirtschaft (Schmollers Journal of Legislation, Public
Administration and Economics). Gustav von Schmoller was an influential
economist at the beginning of the century. Schmollers Jahrbuch was published
from 1913 to 1967. From 1968 to 1999 the German Economic Association ('Verein
für Socialpolitik') edited the journal under the title Zeitschrift
für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften (Journal of Economics and
In 2000, the idea of Schmollers Jahrbuch was revitalized as a forum for
interdisciplinary studies as well as applied social sciences, that means,
research applying social science methods to problems of the 'real world'.
Theoretical, empirical and historical methods are appropriate as long
as research is applied to practice. The journal is bilingual and has access
to an international pool of referees which guarantees a high standard
of the published contributions. The journal focuses on European topics.
Original research in the following fields is welcome: Applied studies;
Interdisciplinary studies, such as Labour Economics, Social Policy, Public
Health, Educational Research; Studies on Economic History; Simulations;
Policy analysis. Schmollers Jahrbuch also invites guest editors to small
symposia on special topics.
Schmollers Jahrbuch is a publication issued by the German Institute of
Economic Research (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung-DIW,
Berlin) and is edited by Gert G. Wagner, Richard V. Burkhauser, Richard
Hauser, Werner Jann, Dietmar Petzina, Barbara Riedmüller, Timothy
M. Smeeding. Issued quarterly. Approx. 672 p. Language: English, German.
Annual subscription: DM 148.00/ sFr 131.00. Subscription rate for students:
DM 118.40/ sFr 105.50. Single issue: DM 40.00/ sFr 37.00. (Rates do not
include postage). ISSN 0342-1783.
Submission of papers: Gert G. Wagner, editor-in-chief, Deutsches Institut
für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), Koenigin-Luise-Straße 5, 14191
Berlin/Germany. Tel.: (+ 49-30) 89789290; fax: (+ 49-30) 89789109; e-mail:
Ordering: Duncker & Humblot GmbH, Postfach 41 03 29, 12113 Berlin/Germany.
Fax: (+ 49-30) 79000631; http://www.duncker-humblot.de.
German Economic Review
In 2000, the German Economic Association launched the German Economic
Review--an alternative attempt to revitalize the idea of Schmollers Jahrbuch,
which was a forum for applied social sciences. The German Economic Review
(GER) is an international journal which aims at publishing original and
thorough research of general interest in a broad range of economic disciplines,
including macro- and microeconomics, economic policy, international economics,
public economics, finance, and business administration. The scope of research
approaches includes theoretical, empirical and experimental work. Innovative
and thought-provoking contributions, in particular from younger authors,
are especially welcome. The GER also invites guest editors to participate
in the production of special editions on topics of current or broad interest.
The official publication of the German Economic Association (Verein fuer
Socialpolitik), GER is supplied to all its members. This guarantees an
exceptionally wide circulation, particularly within Europe. Accordingly,
a focus on European topics is welcome. At the same time, GER aims at a
wider audience by attracting submissions and by encouraging the participation
of and subscriptions from economists around the world.
The GER is edited by an international board of editors and associate editors
from Europe and overseas. This ensures access to an international pool
of referees and guarantees a high intellectual standard of the published
contributions. Editors endeavour to process submissions promptly. GER
is published four times a year in English and is available online. Issued
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(personal). ISSN 1465-6485.
Submission of papers: Managing editors are Robin W. Boadway, Queen's University,
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New MZES Publications Working Papers
Since the beginning of 1999 all working papers of the MZES have been published
in one common working paper series (ISSN 1437-8574). The following working
papers have been released and can be obtained from the MZES, University
of Mannheim, D-68131 Mannheim. Tel. +49-621-292-1885, Fax +49-621-292-1735.
Working papers published since 1997 are also available over the Internet
and can be downloaded..
Michael Stoiber and Paul W. Thurner: Der Vergleich von Ratifikationsstrukturen
der EU-Mitgliedsländer für Intergouvernementale Verträge:
Eine Anwendung des Veto-Spieler Konzeptes. Mannheim: MZES, 2000 (Working
Paper no. 27).
Eibe Riedel: Verhandlungslösungen im Rahmen des Sozialpakts der Vereinten
Nationen. Mannheim: MZES, 2000 (Working Paper no. 28).
Dirk Hanschel: Environment and Human Rights: Cooperative Means of Regime
Implementation. Mannheim: MZES, 2000 (Working Paper no. 29).
Sonja Haug: Klassische und neuere Theorien der Migration. Mannheim: MZES,
2000 (Working Paper no. 30).
Birgit Hellmann, Michèle Knodt and Beate Kohler-Koch: Globalisierung
und Integration: Strategievorstellungen deutscher Parlamentarier. Mannheim:
MZES, 2000 (Working Paper no. 31).
Cornelia Kristen: Ethnic Differences in Educational Placement: The Transition
from Primary to Secondary Schooling. Mannheim: MZES, 2000 (Working Paper
Jan van Deth und Martin Elff: Political Involvement and Apathy in Europe
1973-1998. Mannheim: MZES, 2000 (Working Paper no. 33).
New Books from MZES
Knodt, Michèle, and Beate Kohler-Koch, eds.: Deutschland zwischen
Europäisierung und Selbstbe- hauptung. [Mannheimer Jahrbuch für
Europäische Sozialforschung, vol. 5]. Frankfurt am Main: Campus,
2000. 474 pp., DM 128.00, ISBN 3-593-36618-5.
Thomas Mann already envisaged that 'Germany would become European'. This
yearbook looks into the question how far this wish has become reality
today. It analyses different political fields in a comparative perspective
and examines how and to what extent the integration of Germany into the
European organizations leads to a permeation of national politics and
to an adaptation of behaviour and political structures. It becomes evident
that Eurpeanization is by no means equivalent with uniformity and can
well be used as a strategy of self-assertion.
Bräuninger, Thomas: Internatio-nale Institutionenpolitik: Die Wahl
von Entscheidungsregeln für die Meeresbodenbehörde. [Mannheimer
Beiträge zur politischen Soziologie und positiven politischen Theorie.
Ed. Franz Urban Pappi and Jan van Deth, vol. 2]. Frankfurt/New York: Campus,
2000. 297 pp., DM 68.00, ISBN 3-593-36631-2.
Based on the example of the 'seabed authority', Thomas Bräuninger
examines how agreements on the establishment of international institutions
can be reached in international negotiation systems with a large number
of states and considering the conflicts resulting from diverging interests.
The empirical analysis of the territorial conflicts of 180 sates and the
description of potential partial conflicts give a realistic picture of
a complex, multilateral negotiating siatuation.
Pfenning, Astrid, and Thomas Bahle, eds.: Families and Family Policies
in Europe: Comparative Perspectives. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2000.
359 pp., DM 98.00, ISBN 3-631-37078-4.
Comparative family policy studies have flourished in recent years. The
growing recognition of family policy is related to far-reaching changes
in family structures since the mid-1960s and to the growth of European
welfare states to fiscal and institutional limits. With recent welfare
state reforms, the family, gender roles, and the social division of labour
have become prominent issues. This book contributes to comparative family
policy studies by a distinct profile. Contributions typically include
a small number of countries. The geographic focus is on Southern European
and Scandinavian countries, including comparisions to Austria, Belgium,
Britain, Germany, Ireland and The Netherlands. The book combines quantitative
and qualitative approaches, institutional and historical perspectives.
New CD-ROM issued by the MZES
Maucher, Mathias, and Thomas Bahle, eds.: MZES/EURODATA Family Policy
Database. Mannheim: MZES/EURODATA, 2000.
The database provides quantitative and qualitative information on family
policies in 16 European countries, all EU-member states as of 2000 except
Luxembourg, plus Norway and Poland. It covers five fields of family policy:
1) cash benefits for families in general, 2) cash benefits especially
for lone parents, 3) existence minimum (family dimension), 4) child-care
services and 5) cash benefits and time-rights related to parenting and
caring for children.
The core of the database are quantitative time series provided in standardized
form across all countries included, supplemented by country-specific data
and institutional information. The time series include data on beneficiaries,
benefit rates, service supply (offer), expenditure, and receipts for each
individual family policy measure at the lowest possible aggregation level.
They cover family policies from their origins or from when data are available
up to the present, focusing on the period from the 1960s until the mid-1990s.
Information on institutional regulations and comparative classifications
is available for most family policies for which time-series data have
been established. The database does not contain any family policy indicators,
however, nor does it include context data from areas like demography,
social security, national accounts or labour market statistics.
Since February 2001, the database has been accessible and distributed
on CD-ROM. It has been made available in two versions. The browser-based
version is limited to documented time-series data. The MS ACCESS version,
in addition, provides information on institutional regulations and comparative
classifications of family policy measures. They are available for most
family policies for which time-series data have been established. The
changes over time can be listed in a report, documenting each legal amendment
or change of a programme property. Moreover, the full version offers additional
selection procedures that can also be used in combination, and allows
for a variable search.
The product can be ordered for a small user fee of 25 (shipping
included). Please send an e-mail to email@example.com. For more
detailed information please visit the project's homepage http://www.mzes.
By mid February 2001, the 'MZES/EURODATA Family Policy Database' was transferred
to the 'European Observatory on Family Matters', until 2004 located at
the Austrian Institute for Family Studies (ÖIF) in Vienna. The database
will be updated and possibly extended to include other fields. Furthermore,
it is planned to establish an online access to at least parts of the database
within the next few months.
The 2001 EISS Annual Colloquium, 27-29 September 2001, Bergen,
The Colloquium on 'European Social Security and Global Politics' will
be organized by the Norwegian section of the EISS (European Institute
of Social Security) and the Centre for Social Research, University of
Bergen. The meeting will start after lunch on Thursday, 27th September,
and end with a festive dinner at Mount Floyen, overlooking the city of
Bergen, Saturday, 29th September.
The general theme of the conference will focus on the challenges of European
welfare states in an era of an economically and politically more and more
integrated world. To what extent is it likely, possible, or desirable
that relatively strong European welfare regimes, embedded in the politics
of the nation state, will persist? Given specific values and interests,
will or must a new configuration of European welfare states be outlined?
Is 'globalisation', or a more international economy and society, more
or less conducive to the economic, cultural and political sustainability
of comprehensive national welfare states? Is Europe (still) a model for
other regions of the world in terms of social security protection and
welfare provision, or what, if anything, can Europe learn from others
regions? These broadly phrased questions and topics can be approached
from several disciplinary perspectives, in a more or less comparative
framework, within a long or short time perspective, be studied historically
or with a future orientation, on the macro- or micro level, and with a
concentration on one or several of various kinds of welfare and social
The deadline for submission of proposals and abstracts was 1 March 2001.
A selection of papers accepted and presented will be published in the
EISS Yearbook (Kluwer Law).
If you have questions regarding the Colloquium, please contact the Chair
of the Program Committee, Professor Stein Kuhnle (firstname.lastname@example.org;
Tel.: 47-55582179). Information can also be obtained from Rut Fjellberg,
Centre for Social Research (rut.fjellberg@sefos.
uib.no; Tel.: 47-55589714).
EURESCO Conferences. A Programme of the European Science Foundation
with the support of the European Commission.
- The Second Demographic Transition in Europe: Euroconference on Family
and Fertility Change in Modern European Societies: Explorations and
Explanations of Recent Developments. Chaired by H.-P. Kohler (Rostock,
Germany), Bad Herrenalb (Germany), 23-28 June.
- European Societes or European Society? Euroconference on European
Welfare States and the Changing Life Course. Chaired by R. Breen (Firenze,
Italy), Kerkrade (The Netherlands), 6-10 October.
Conferences are open to scientists world-wide, whether from academia
or industry. Participation is limited to about 100 (deadline for applications:
3-4 months before a conference). The emphasis will be on discussion about
new developments. The conference fee covers registration, full board and
lodging. Grants are available, in particular for nationals from EU or
Associated States under 35. Limited funding for participants from Central
and Eastern Europe may also be available.
For up-to-date information and an on-line application form visit the EURESCO
web site at http://www.esf.org/euresco
or contact the Head of the EURESCO Unit: Dr. J. Hendekovic. European Science
Foundation. 1 quai Lezay-Marnésia, 67080 Strasbourg Cedex, France.
Tel.: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 35; Fax.: +33 (0)3 88 36 69 87; e-mail: euresco@