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Cops for Hire: article published in Journal of Public Policy
Pieter Vanhuysse has published an article on public employment policies with Markus Tepe (University of Oldenburg) in the Cambridge University Press Journal of Public Policy (impact factor 1.033). The article hypothesizes that policymakers hire more police officers during election periods as these are “street-visible” jobs dealing with politically salient issues, and that competence signalling makes such hiring more attractive for conservative parties. Using German data for 1992-2010, it finds evidence for both these hypotheses, though population density is more important still. Subjectively immediate forms of crime and perceived causes of crime also increase employment. The Journal of Public Policy also devotes an entry to this article on its scientific blog JPublicPolicy
SORESI - the microsimulation web-application is online!
What would you do if you became the minister of finance or social affairs? Would you implement a flat-tax model? Would you increase benefits? Or would you change social insurance contributions? SORESI is a web application based on the microsimulation model EUROMOD. It offers the opportunity to play around with reform proposals and to see their effects on the national poverty rate, income inequality indicators and different income groups. SORESI is free and can be used by everyone. For further information please contact Michael Fuchs or Katrin Gasior. If you want to try out SORESI yourself, click here.
Cinderella goes professional, or: the challenges of formalising ‘migrant care’
What was the impact of Austrian reforms to ‘legalise’ live-in migrant carers on quality management? Addressing this question, Andrea Schmidt presented a paper at the ESPANet Conference 5-7 September in Poznan (Poland), co-authored by Juliane Winkelmann, Ricardo Rodrigues, and Kai Leichsenring. 24-hours care is carried out mainly by women from Austria’s neighbouring countries of Eastern Europe in private households. The authors conclude that the reforms represent an important step towards raising the professional standards in 24-hours care in Austria, yet characteristics of an informal economy continue to persist. The study received EC funding (grant agreement No. 242058) under the project Evaluating Care Across Borders (ECAB). Read more
How to Build a Health-promoting Public Sphere? – Cooperation Strategies of Police and Social Work
This was the focus of a one-day international workshop, which attracted more than 100 participants from target organisations such as the police, mobile social work, social science, administration and policy. Best practice examples of sustainable structures of collaboration between police, (mobile) social work and other stakeholders in the public sphere were highlighted. The relevance of collaboration in the urban and rural areas of Austria as well as strategies to enhance it was discussed. The results of the Workshop feed into the ‘AGORA’ project dealing with the same topic. For more information: Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl and Katrin Gasior. Programme of the conference Read more
Aging well in the information age
"We are in the middle of a digital revolution and old people shouldn’t be left behind. Being Internet savvy also contributes to an increase in well-being among senior citizens." In this interview, Orsolya Lelkes talks about her research which shows that Internet use makes the over 65s feel happier and less lonely. Read interview. Read original research paper.
Presentation at the Inter-American Conference on Social Security

Together with the International Social Security Association (ISSA), the European Centre was one of two European social policy institutes to be invited to present at the
27th General Assembly of the Inter-American Conference on Social Security in San Salvador on July 25, which assembled high-level social security administrators and social policy professionals from Canada, the USA, and the Latin-American countries. Pieter Vanhuysse gave a presentation on ‘Perspectives from an Aging Europe’ dealing with new developments in pensions, long-term care and intergenerational justice policies, on a panel with Professor Zheng Bingwen, the author of the new ‘Pension Report China’.
Review in the Journal of European Social Policy
Pieter Vanhuysse's book with Achim Goerres, Ageing Populations in Post-industrial Democracies has been reviewed in the Journal of European Social Policy (Vol. 22, No. 5). Excerpts below:
‘an original and timely contribution to existing research … By including contributions that discuss a wide range of social policy areas (e.g. family, old age, labour, gender), the volume offers a much-needed broadening of the research agenda related to generational politics. … One of the merits of this book is to demonstrate that to fit the label ‘generational politics’ the research agenda should comprise the life-course from the cradle to the grave. … Ranging from small-n comparative case studies to formalistic, model-based analyses the contributions represent different ontological and methodological traditions. This methodological pluralism is refreshing and gives room for an inventive exploration of issues … Vanhuysse and Goerres have put together a book that enhances our knowledge base for an enlightened debate about how population ageing affects the making of social policies.’
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8th Congress of Baltic Association for Rehabilitation
Ricardo Rodrigues delivered a presentation at the 8th Congress of the Baltic Association for Rehabilitation in Riga, focusing on current challenges in delivering effective rehabilitation to older people across the continuum of care. Drawing on findings from INTERLINKS, he proposed a shift in the rehabilitation paradigm: focusing on prevention, self-care, user empowerment, social inclusion and multi-disciplinary work. This will also require shifts in existing governance and funding structures. He also presented on the topic Quality of Life (QoL) in Long-term Care, discussing the salience of the concept of QoL for dependent older people and challenges involved in measuring and using it for quality improvement.
Conference “More and Better Jobs in the Home Care Sector”
Drawing on current research at the European Centre, Ricardo Rodrigues and Kai Leichsenring presented at this EUROFOUND conference. Ricardo Rodrigues gave an overview of provision of long-term care in Europe, highlighting that factors much more complex than demography alone will shape demand for care services in the future. He also discussed the role played by informal carers, formal home care providers and also migrant carers in keeping dependent older people at home. Kai Leichsenring showed ways to overcome the caveats of quality measurement in long-term care. Improving the quality of home care warrants new approaches in education, training and leadership promoting a dialogue on decent delivery of services between all stakeholders involved. For further information click here and see also this book.