Workshop 2

Regulation of change – change of regulation?

The first report about Germany’s socioeconomic development (soeb 1) stated as one of its central theses that the German production and social model is in transformation. Are we facing modified regulating structures, i.e. a change in the object, range and level of regulating activities, which then – at least partly – would be to blame for the changes taking place at work and in people’s lifestyles? Or do largely unmodified forms of regulation – since the start of economic and social transformation in the 1970s – ‘only’ produce other results? Or is it rather the case that regulation does not translate (directly) into measurable structural socioeconomic changes because such changes are more affected by long-term development processes than by selective interventions of respective actors?

The question of the relationship between statistically measurable socioeconomic changes on the one hand and regulatory structures and activities on the other was hardly dealt with by soeb 1. However, it touches the core of scientific debate about ‘welfare state regimes’ or ‘varieties of capitalism’ insofar as the assumption of a continuity of regulation scenarios on side of the nation state serves as a starting point for modelling and international comparisons based on it. Moreover, because the possibilities and limits of an active regulation of work and lifestyles within the frame of state, enterprise and household strategies have an eminent political importance, in future they shall be taken into consideration more than has hitherto been the case.

The consequences of this thematic extension within the programme of socioeconomic reporting are discussed at this workshop. We want to learn about other research and reporting approaches and get their comments on our own conceptual reflections. On the basis of selected aspects concerning the regulation of work we will discuss how regulations in transformation can be divided into periods, how regulation can be made tangible for social reporting and, finally, which significance the late 20th century German development holds from an historical and international perspective. (Nicole Mayer-Ahuja) March 9th/10th, 2006)

Results (German)
Flyer PDF
Diskussionspapier PDF
Pressemitteilung PDF
Ergebnisbericht PDF
Lectures (German)
Nicole Mayer-Ahuja: Regulierung des Umbruchs - Einleitungstatement PDF
Nicole Mayer-Ahuja: Regulierung des Umbruchs - Folien PDF
Ludger Pries: Struktur und Regulierung von Erwerbsarbeit PDF
Diana Auth: Regulierung von Arbeitszeit PDF
Claus Schäfer: Regulierung von Einkommen PDF
Martin Baethge/Markus Wieck: Regulierung von Bildung PDF
Heike Solga: Gering Qualifizierte als Regulierungsproblem PDF
Sigrid Betzelt: Lebensläufe und Geschlechterarrangements PDF
Dorit Sing: Übergang in den Ruhestand PDF
Hans Walter Schmuhl: Geschichte der Arbeitsmarktpolitik PDF
Max Koch: Arbeitsmarkt im internationalen Vergleich PDF
Ulrike Kress: Arbeitsmarktmonitoring PDF
Volker Baethge-Kinsky: Monitoring und Sozialberichterstattung PDF