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From Sputnik to Chernobyl, from optimism to fear: socialists and communists facing science (1957-1986)
Members: Ettore Costa
Period:
2018-2020
Funding:
CERGU

Project description: This project analyses how the attitude of Western European socialists and communists towards science and technology evolved from the late 1950s to the 1980s, from optimism for the Sputnik to scepticism and fear around Chernobyl. The period corresponded to the transformation of the Old Left, from enthusiasm for social transformation and state-centred social engineering to the end of utopian ambitions and crisis. The hypothesis is that the paradigm shift on science was an underrated factor in affecting their policies and undermining their optimism. This comparative analysis of the socialist parties of Britain and Western Germany as well as the socialist and communist parties of France and Italy, assesses the role of science (specifically nuclear power and space technology) in their policies, language and vision of the future, in addition to the influence of new social movements.

 

Non-Compliance and Collective Action in the European Union
Members: Markus Johansson
Period:
2018-2020
Funding:
CERGU

Project description: International cooperation requires policy compliance to be sustainable, and non-compliance is therefore a serious challenge in the European Union (EU). While much research has been devoted to explain non-compliance in the EU, less attention has been given to the effects of non-compliance. Founded in collective action theory, a central prediction is that the chances of generating cooperative agreements between nation states is affected by expectations about policy compliance. The project poses questions on whether expectations about policy compliance affect the current and future will to collective action, and what factors that affect the perceived risk of non-compliance. Empirically, the focus is on negotiation processes between representatives of EU member states, relying on a telephone survey with representatives to the EU Council, and comparative case studies of policy issues in the fields of human and animal antibiotics use, migration and foreign policy.
 
 

National integration, social security and foreign workers: The legal practice of migrants’ insurance in Rotterdam and Antwerp in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Members: Christina Reimann
Period: 2016-2018
Funding: CERGU/Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Statutory security schemes, when introduced in the 1880s, offered a new instrument to integrate society and were part of the national integration through the law. This process contrasted with the significant migration movements of that very epoch. I shall analyse the encounter between national integration and transnationalism on a micro-level by focusing on the legal practice around social insurance of migrants at the very edge of the national integration process, that is in the “cosmopolitan” port cities of Antwerp and Rotterdam. Conceived as a social history of law and based on an analysis of legal consciousness the study shall show if, why, and how migrants were included in or excluded from social security systems and seize the experience of “law” by subaltern actors.

Sidansvarig: CERGU|Sidan uppdaterades: 2018-08-20
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