Partisan Politics, Economic Coordination & Training Regimes in Western Welfare States
Yesterday afternoon, the Center for the Study of Europe, in cooperation with the Department of Political Science, hosted a discussion with Marius Busemeyer from the University of Konstanz in Germany. In his talk, entitled “Skills and Inequality: Partisan Politics, Economic Coordination & Training Regimes in Western Welfare States,” Busemeyer made the case for integration of an analysis of education and training systems into comparative welfare state research. He outlined some of the connections between education and other parts of the welfare state and argued that neglecting these connections has prevented us from developing a deeper understanding of the driving forces of welfare state reforms, socio-economic inequality as well as citizens’ perceptions of and attitudes towards the welfare state. Notably, he demonstrated how the education and training system in different welfare states, in particular, the importance of vocational education and training relative to academic education, as well as variations in public and private sources of financing, affect not only the distribution of income and wealth in the political economy but citizens’ attitudes toward the welfare state.