41st Annual Conference, Zeitgeschichtliches Forum in Leipzig on June 25-26, 2015

Thursday 25th June

Registration and Coffee                                                                                                  09:00 – 10:00

Welcome from the IASGP Chair & TBA (ZGF)                                                           10:00 – 10:15

Panel 1: National and State Parliamentary Affairs in Germany                                  10:15 – 11:15

Chair: Dan Hough (Sussex)

  • Michael Koß (Munich) & Miryam Tan (Potsdam): Is Time really a Scarce Resource? The Allocation of Parliamentary Time under Different Rules of Agenda Control
  • Benjamin Rayder (Bamberg): Political Competitors or Coincidental Bedfellows? A Comparative Analysis of the Policy Positions and Issue Saliency Scores in Legislative Motions from the German Left and the National Democrats in the Saxon State Parliament during the 5th Legislative Period.

Coffee                                                                                                                                11:15 – 11:45

 Panel 2: Germany’s federal system                                                                                11:45 – 13:00

Chair: Dominic Heinz (Darmstadt)

  • Ed Turner and Carolyn Rowe (Aston): The regionalisation of care home laws in Germany: a lottery in care for Germany’s older people?
  • Iris Reus (Bamberg): Germany on a successful road to “new federalism”? The impact of the Federalism Reform of 2006 on the German Länder?
  • Henrik Scheller (Potsdam): Investment Policy in German Federalism – between the constraints of the debt brake and Europeanization

Lunch                                                                                                                                   13:00-14:15

Restaurant Alex, Naschmarkt 3,  Leipzig

 Panel 3: Perspectives on German Elections                                                                 14:15 – 15:30

Chair: David Patton (Connecticut College)

  • Tom Mannewitz (Chemnitz): Beyond the East-West Divide – The Regionalisation of Voting Behaviour in 2013
  • Arndt Leininger (Hertie School of Governance): Election ForecastingAlternative or Complement to the Polls?
  • Michael Angenendt and Sebastian Bukow (Duesseldorf): Individualization in German Federal Election Campaigns 2005-2013: A General Trend or Exceptional Phenomenon?

 Coffee                                                                                                                                15:30 – 15:45

 The German Politics Lecture                                                                                         15:45 – 17:00

Chair: Dan Hough, Sussex

Prof. Everhard Holtmann; (Zentrum für Sozialforschung, Halle) Germany: 25 years unified and the legacies of the GDR

 IASGP Reception                                                                                                              17:00 – 18:00

 sponsored by Taylor and Francis

Annual Dinner at Barthel’s Hof 19:00 onwards

Friday 26th June 

Panel 4: Germany and the Ukraine Crisis                                                                        9:00-10:30

Chair: Helga Welsh (Wake Forest University)

  • Jennifer Yoder (Colby College): German-Polish Relations, 1990 to the Ukraine Crisis
  • Vladimir Handl (Prague): The German role in search for a solution of the Ukraine-Russian conflict and German relations with her Eastern neighbours
  • Liana Fix (DGAP/Giessen): The “Germanification” of European Policy towards Russia – The case of Ukraine
  • Patricia Daehnhardt (Lisbon): German foreign and security policy post-Ukraine: assessing the dynamics of change

Coffee break                                                                                                                        10:30-10:45

Annual General Meeting                                                                                                   10:45- 11:45

Panel 5: Germany and the international order                                                              11:45 – 13:15

Chair: Jonathan Olsen (Texas Woman’s University)

  • Aron Buzogany (FU, Berlin): Beyond Permissive Consensus? Attitudes of German MPs towards European Integration
  • Simon Bulmer (Sheffield): From ‘Economic Giant’ to the Eurozone’s Hegemon? Germany and European monetary policy
  • William Paterson (Aston): From Political Dwarf to Potential Hegemon? German Foreign Policy Transformed
  • Crister Garrett (Leipzig): German-American Diplomacy, TTIP, and Transitions in Global Order

Lunch                                                                                                                                 13:15 – 14:30

Restaurant Alex, Naschmarkt 3, Leipzig

Panel 6: Executive Matters and Political Parties                                                         14:30 – 16:00

Chair: William Chandler (San Diego)

  • Florian Glock (Trier): The FDP in the extra-parliamentary opposition: process of renewal and possibilities of coalitions
  • Joyce Mushaben (St. Louis-Missouri): Mutti wird’s schon richten: Power, Policies and Mistaken  “Maternal Presumptions“ regarding  Chancellor Angela  Merkel 
  • Kimmo Elo (Turku): Speaking German, talking differently? Using SNA to Uncloak Thematic Pathways in German, Swiss and Austrian New Year’s Addresses

Coffee                                                                                                                                 16:00 – 16:15

Panel 7: Socio-Economic Challenges in Germany and beyond:                                  16:15- 17:30

Chair: Joanna McKay (Nottingham Trent)

  • Lothar Funk (HS Duesseldorf) Nudging has arrived in German government: controversies among ordoliberalism and behavioural economics
  • Jörg Mathias (Aston): Approaches to welfare-to work transition policies in Sweden, the UK and Germany
  • Mathias Bug (DIW Berlin) and Sebastian Bukow (Duesseldorf): Civil Liberties vs. Security in Germany and UK: Why citizens accept or reject digital surveillance

Participants depart


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