PD Dr. Sebastian Haunss

23. September 2017
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Competing coalitions: The politics of renewable energy and fossil fuels in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand

This paper analyses why middle-income countries incentivize renewable energy despite inexpensive domestic fossil fuel resources and lack of international support. We examine the politics of renewable energy programs in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand. All three countries hold abundant local fossil fuel and renewable energy resources. We argue that renewable energy programs become implementable policy options in fossil fuel resource-rich middle-income countries when coalitions of powerful political actors support them. Continue Reading →

23. September 2017
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Integriertes multidimensionales Design

While mixed methods designs can in principle combine a large variety of methods, the de facto standard in political science is currently a combination of case studies with regression analysis. To broaden this perspective, we introduce an integrated multi-dimensional mixed methods design in which several methods are used to address different dimensions of one overarching research question. Continue Reading →

18. August 2016
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CfP: Protest waves or cross-movement mobilizations?

At the International Conference on Cross-movement Mobilization which will take place on April 5-7, 2017 at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany (http://www.isb.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/forschung/cross-movement-mobilization.html.en) Jochen Roose and I organize a session on the influence of social movements on other movements’ mobilizations for which we invite abstract submissions:

Session V: Protest waves or cross-movement mobilizations? How do Movements Influence other Movement’ Mobilizations?
Session organizers: Sebastian Haunss (University of Bremen) & Jochen Roose (University of Wrocław) Continue Reading →

13. May 2016
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Sozialstaat 4.0 – Digitale Ökonomie und Sozialpolitik

Wissenschaftliche Tagung am 26. und 27. Mai 2016 in Bremen
Leitung: Frank Nullmeier & Sebastian Haunss, Universität Bremen

Die Digitalisierung der industriellen Produktion sowie im Dienstleistungssektor hat weitreichende Folgen auch für die bestehenden Strukturen und Institutionen der Sozialpolitik. Auf der einen Seite gehen veränderte Wertschöpfungsmodelle mit veränderten Arbeitsverhältnissen einher, die vermutlich in der Regel weniger stabil, dauerhaft und abgesichert sein werden als die Normalarbeitsverhältnisse der analogen Ökonomie, die allerdings inzwischen auch dort schon längst keine Regelarbeitsverhältnisse mehr sind. Auf der anderen Seite zieht die digitale Ökonomie ihre Produktivität aus der massenhaften Verfügbarkeit von Daten, die wiederum zu einem relevanten Teil persönliche Informationen über einzelne BürgerInnen enthalten. In beiden Fällen ist das Wissen über die Folgen dieser Prozesse für die bestehenden sozialpolitischen Arrangements und zukünftige sozialpolitische Modelle noch kaum erforscht. Continue Reading →

9. May 2016
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Public domain as a master frame?

In a widely cited article Boyle suggests that a movement against the growing propertization of knowledge should develop a mobilization frame centered around the idea of the public domain. Based on an analysis of the framing strategies in the two most important protest mobilizations against extensive intellectual property rights I discuss whether and to which degree these movements did actually put the concept of the public domain at the center of their argumentation. Continue Reading →

4. May 2016
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Precarious Research in a Movement Society: Social Movement Studies in Germany

Research on social movements in Germany started late and has never really managed to establish a stable foothold within the German university system. A lively social movement sector with frequent and large-scale protests on many issues has not changed the marginal position of social movement research in political science and sociology in Germany. But nevertheless a lively landscape of research exists. Continue Reading →