Changing Labour Markets: Challenges for Welfare and Labour Market Policy

2016 Meeting of the Research on Welfare and Labour Market Policies at Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, December 7 – 9.

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2016 International conference on changing labour markets: challenges for welfare and labour market policy. The aim of the conference is to bring two important research fields together, social welfare and labour market policies.

Teleborg castle
The conference dinner will be held at Teleborg Castle, located near the Linnaeus University campus.

The overall theme of the conference will be the question of what impact changing labour markets have on social, political, and economic structures and institutions. Labour markets and welfare states have perhaps been the social structures most impacted by economic and political changes and they are also the institutions that, in combination, are central to citizen's actions and security in daily life.

The conference will be the first in a series of international conferences, organised by the research network of RAPSE.

 The conference will start around 11 am on December 7 and end around 12 am on December 9.

Important dates

Registration closes: October 26

Deadline for full papers (optional): November 1

Conference dates: December 7-9

Registration and conference fee

Read more about the conference fee, and register here.

Keynote speakers

Three prominent scholars have agreed to give keynote lectures at the conference. These are:

  • Emeritus Professor Fiona Williams, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK
  • Professor Joakim Palme, Political Science, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Professor Greg Marston, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Programme RAPSE 2016

Wednesday, December, 7

11.30-12.30 Registration with snack and beverage (M-building)
12.30-13.00 Welcome and opening, Södra salen (M1083)

Room: Södra salen (M1083)
13.00-14.00 Fiona Williams, Emeritus Professor, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK
Why migrant care work challenges us to think again about social policy and social justice

14.00-14.30 Coffee break

14.30-15.30 Joakim Palme, Professor, Political Science, Uppsala University, Sweden
Migration and the Welfare State: EU and beyond

Session A: Stream 7 (I)
Vulnerability and changing labour markets
Room: Södra salen (M1083), Chair Paula McDonald
15.45-16.05 Steffen Heinrich
The new politics of minimum wage regulation: Explaining recent policy change in Germany, Japan and the UK
16.05-16.25 Kevin Caraher & Enrico Reuter
Self-employment in the United Kingdom: Vulnerability of the 'entrepreneurial self'
16.25-16.45 Katy Jones
Living on the edge: Welfare recipients' lives on the margins of the UK labour market
16.45-17.05 Paula McDonald
The role of unpaid work in expanding the foundation of 'employability'
17.05-17.15 Summing-up

Session A: Stream 4 (I)
Effects of labour market policies
Room: M1049, Chair Tapio Salonen
15.45-16.05 Staffan Bengtsson
The Shaping of a Worker: experiences of young people involved in Swedish labour market training programs
16.05-16.25 Isil Karatuna
The Whistle-Blowing Intentions of Turkish Employees
16.25-16.45 Simo Aho
Targeting of active labour market policy measures and their impact on employability in Finland in various target groups
16.45-17.05 Sigrid Betzelt
The hidden failures of 'activation' in a conservative welfare state regime
17.05-17.15 Summing-up

Session A: Stream 5
Ethnicity and immigration: possibilities and obstacles
Room: M1053, Chair Kristina Gustavsson
15.45-16.05 Nephat Shumba
Occupational transitions and earnings trajectories in the UK Labour Market: A Longitudinal Study of Immigrant and UK born White Subpopulations
16.05-16.25 Anders Giertz
Care work in elderly care in Sweden - Vulnerability in relation to migration and gender
16.25-16.45 Kerstin Bruckmeier & Jürgen Wiemers
Differences in welfare take-up between immigrants and natives
16.45-17.05 Erik Eriksson
Introduction and establishment – Newly arrived immigrants' experiences and new routes to the labour market
17.05-17.15 Summing-up

Thursday, December, 8

Room: Södra salen (M1083)
09.00-10.00 Greg Marston, Professor, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Redefining the normative foundations of welfare and work in the 21st Century
10.00-10.30 Coffee break

Session B: Stream 1 (I)
Policy change within welfare and labour markets
Room: Södra salen (M1083), Chair Jane Mears
10.30-10.50 Dominique Anxo
The rise and fall of the Swedish middle class?
10.50-11.10 Renate Minas
Pressures for change? The EU influence on domestic labour market policies in five European countries
11.10-11.30 Peter Håkansson
Network Recruitment in Sweden 2006-2013
11.30-11.50 Jane Mears
Aged Care Reform and the National Disability Insurance Scheme: A discussion of the impact of these reforms on paid care workers in Australia
11.50-12.00 Summing-up

Session B: Stream 6 (I)
Activation and labour market policies
Room: M1049, Chair Håkan Johansson
10.30-10.50 Silke Bothfeld
The end of social security as we know it - the erosion of status-protection in labour market policy in Germany
10.50-11.10 Piotr Michoń
Subjective well-being of unemployed young people – cross-country comparison
11.10-11.30 Sandra Matzinger
Means-tested Benefits in Austria: Activation Strategies to sustainably combat Poverty?
11.30-11.50 Kerstin Johansson
Evidence-based governance in labor market measures toward youth
11.50-12.00 Summing-up

12.00-13.15 Lunch, Restaurant Ida, C-Building

Session C: Stream 1 (II)
Policy change within welfare and labour markets
Room: Södra salen (M1083), Chair Tapio Salonen
13.15-13.35 Ravi Tripathi
Labour market during the crisis: Questioning the "German model"
13.35-13.55 Niklas Andreas Andersen, Dorte Caswell and Flemming Larsen
Innovation of Employment Services for Vulnerable Groups – the Case of Denmark
13.55-14.15 Donna Wood
Re-aligning Responsibility for Employment and Unemployment in a Federal Political System: Comparing Canadian and European Union Developments
14.15-14.35 Ida Seing & Håkan Johansson
Governing the post-bureaucratic organization: A comparative study of the Public Employment Service and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency
14.35-14.45 Summing-up

Session C: Stream 6 (II)
Activation and labour market policies
Room: M1049, Chair Lars Behrenz
13.15-13.35 Matilda Wrede-Jäntti
Young participants' experiences of the Finnish activation measure 'Youth Workshops' - A qualitative study
13.35-13.55 Philip Finn
The governmentality of unemployment in Ireland and the possibility of resistance
13.55-14.15 Ulrika Vikman
Activation Programs for Welfare Recipients: Evidence from Jobbtorg Stockholm
14.15-14.35 Luc Benda
Firm Behavior and Social Investment
14.35-14.45 Summing-up

14:45-15:15 Coffee break

Session D: Stream 7 (II)
Vulnerability and changing labour markets
Room: Södra salen (M1083), Chair Rickard Ulmestig
15.15-15.35 Simo Aho
Chronic unemployment in Finland, Germany and Denmark
15.35-15.55 Sofie Dencker-Larsen
The importance of health: investigating factor structure and predictive validity of an indicator of re-employment chances of unemployed persons
15.55-16.15 Alessio Bertolini
Employers' choices and employment precariousness: subjective experience of being a temporary agency worker in Italy and the UK
16.15-16.35 Leena Ikonen
The Profession Change Process in the Vocational Adult Education Context
16.35-16.45 Summing-up

Session D: Stream 4 (II)
Effects of labour market policies
Room: M1049, Chair Lars Behrenz
15.15-15.35 Jesper Johansson
Social capital, network activities and resource mobilization in work integration social enterprises
15.35-15.55 Davor Zovko
The use of evaluations in the Swedish Public Employment Service
15.55-16.15 Miriam Avorin
The Political Construction of NEETs
16.15-16.35 Diego Collado
The missing link between financial incentives to work and employment in Belgium and Denmark
16.35-16.45 Summing-up

Friday, December, 9

Session E: Stream 6 (III)
Activation and labour market policies
Room: Södra salen (M1083), Chair Ian Greer
09.00-09.25 Lukas Kerschbaumer
Between activation policy and self-mobilisation
09.25-09.50 Kathrin Kreimeyer
Inclusion concepts in activating labor market policies in Germany and Sweden
09.50-10.15 Ian Greer
Why marketization fails to deliver better employment services. Dilemmas and tradeoffs in Denmark, Germany, and Britain
10.15-10.30 Summing-up

Session E: Stream 8
Changing employment relations
Room: M1053, Chair Isil Karatuna
09.00-09.20 Ines Zapf
What drives working-time flexibility? The impact of employer and employee characteristics on overtime and working time arrangements
09.20-09.40 Susanne Wanger
What makes German employees satisfied with their working hours?
09.40-10.00 Iveta Zelenková & Josef Horňáček
Collective bargaining and its importance in private sector in Czech republic
10.00-10.20 Isil Karatuna
Job satisfaction and turnover intentions of part-time vs. full-time employees: The effect of work hours, personal time, income and work status satisfaction
10.20-10.30 Summing-up

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.00 Panel discussions
Technological changes and work: opportunities and risks for welfare systems?

Professor Paula McDonald, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Professor Dominique Anxo, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Professor Greg Marston, University of Queensland, Australia (Moderator)

12.00 Lunch, Restaurant Ida, C-Building


Stream 1 - Policy change within welfare and labour markets

Stream 4 - Effects of labour market policies

Stream 5 - Ethnicity and immigration possibilities and obstacles

Stream 6 - Activation and labour market policies

Stream 7 - Vulnerability and changing labour market

Stream 8 - Changing employment relations

Location and travel

The conference will take place at Linnaeus University, Växjö, in the Kingdom of crystals. Växjö is situated approximately 2,5 hours by train from Copenhagen international airport (CPH/Kastrup).

From Stockholm

You can either fly via Stockholm (Bromma airport) to Småland airport, Växjö, or alternatively take the train from Stockholm to Växjö. You can also fly via Stockholm Arlanda to Kalmar airport and take the train from Kalmar to Växjö.

Further, you can travel via Copenhagen Airport, Denmark, and take the Öresunds-train directly from Copehagen airport to Växjö (ca. 2 ½ hours). Click here for the train table, Copenhagen airport to Växjö railway station. (Remark: copy "Köbenhavns Lufthavn/Kastrup" and "Växjö Station" and paste into in the fields From and To, respectively.)


Växjö Taxi, +46 (0)470-135 00+46 (0)470-135 00, or Värends Taxi +46 (0)470-169 00+46 (0)470-169 00. The taxi stand is situated at Resecentrum (the Travel centre, i e the train and bus station).

Travelling between central Växjö and Linnaeus University

There are three alternatives for travelling by bus between Resecentrum and the university:

  • Route 3 (Centrum->Universitetet and Universitetet->Centrum) goes directly between Resecentrum and the university, and is thus recommended.
  • Another alternative is to take bus no 1 (Centrum->Teleborg and Teleborg->Centrum) or 5 (Centrum->Lugnadal->Teleborg and Teleborg->Lugnadal->Centrum) to/from Teleborgs Centrum, which is located at 8–10 minutes walking distance from the university.

All bus routes are operated by Länstrafiken. Click here for bus time tables.


Please observe that each participant has to book hotel accommodation by him-/herself. Further notice that these rates are only for bookings made by telephone or e-mail, it is not possible to get these special rates by booking at the hotels websites. 


Hotel Royal Corner

Single room: SEK 827/925

Elite Stadshotellet

Single room: SEK 840

Elite Park Hotel

Single room: SEK 871

Hotell Värend

Single room: SEK 695

Hotell Esplanad

Single room: SEK 725

Teleborgs Slott

Single room: SEK 1245

Excursion for accompanying persons

On december 8th, an excursion trip will be arranged for accompanying persons. The trip is to one of the Glass factories in the "Kingdom of Chrystal" that this area is famously called. We travel by bus with a local guide from Växjö to Bergdala glassfactory where we will be treated to a traditional Swedish "Hyttsill" with entertainment and many traditional typical Swedish delicacies. This will be served in the actual area, the "glashytta", where the glass blowing takes place. You will have an oppportunity to test your own glassblowing skills and visit the glass shop where you can purchase the glass produced at this site at a 20% discount.

Thursday December 8, 2016

A guided bus tour of parts of the Kingdom of Chrystal.

Tentative schedule:

9:00 am departure from Växjö City.
Tour of the interior of Växjö Cathedral, including beautiful works of art in glass, wood and iron.
Short tour of Växjö City, then bus to Målerås.
Målerås Glas factory, visit the Glas exhibit and Glas shop, then bus to Kosta.
12:00 am lunch at Kosta Boda Art Hotel, Buffét lunch, including salads, cold dishes, warm dishes: meat, fish and vegetarian as well as non-alcoholic drinks, coffee/tea and a cookie.
Tour of the exhibit at Kosta Glas factory.
Time on own to visit the outlet stores, Christmas market, cottages with Swedish handicraft and craftsmen.
3:00 pm departure from Kosta.
3:45 pm arrive back in Växjö City.

More information

Växjö Cathedral

The lofty copper clad twin spires of the cathedral give Växjö a very special profile. The cathedral dates back to the late 12th century. Here you will find beautiful works of art in glass, wood and iron, including Bertil Vallien´s glass alter peice. A Viking rune stone from the 12th century can also be seen adjacent to the cathedral´s eastern wall. The cathedral is located close to the shores of Lake Växjö in the middle of the Linnaeus Park.

Målerås Glas factory

The creative power you find in the Kingdom of Crystal and in Målerås has made our crystal famous all over the world. Skilled glassblowers, painters, grinders and engravers have put their love into every product. Already in 1890 our ancestors started to blow glass in Målerås. For 120 years the glassworks has designed and produced crystal, which has found its owners all over the world. The ambition of Målerås Glassworks is to preserve the unique knowledge and with enthusiasm and free imagination renew the Swedish crystal. Read more about Målerås.

Kosta Boda Art hotel

You will find the Kosta Boda Art Hotel in Kosta, next to Kosta glassworks. It is a totally unique stylish hotel made of glass and stone and designed by Kosta Boda's designers. It includes a bar entirely made of glass and a pool with an underwater exhibition. The hotel acts as a living gallery that constantly evolves and in which all the artwork is for sale. Read more about the Kosta Boda Art hotel.

Kosta Boda

Orrefors Kosta Boda AB is a company in Småland. Kosta Boda designs, produces and sells a wide range of utility and art glass for private and public use under the brands Orrefors and Kosta Boda. The company is the largest glassworks group with a history that stretches back to 1742. The heart of the operation are the glassworks in Kosta, Småland. Read more about Kosta Boda.

Other useful information

Map of Linnaeus University campus area (Search for buildings and rooms)
Map of Växjö campus area (as pdf-file)
Map in your phone (download our map application)
Map of Växjö (in Swedish)
Växjö Tourist Office
Sweden's Museum of Glass (in Swedish)
The Kingdom of Crystal
The weather today in Växjö