New AIAS events

Seminar Robert Kuttner

Tuesday 10 May 2011
15.30 – 17.00 hrs (drinks afterwards till 17.30 hrs)

Labour Market Regulation and the Global Economic Crisis – the Case of the United States

  • Chair: Jonathan Zeitlin (UvA)
  • Discussant: Wiemer Salverda (AIAS), the European perspective

Robert Kuttner

is a co-founder of the American Prospect in 1990 and has been a co-editor since. He is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at DEMOS, a research and policy center founded in 2000 which aims to play a non-partisan role in policy change and reform work to revitalize American democracy, and a co-founder of the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute in 1986.
His writings include The Economic Illusion: False Choices between Prosperity and Social Justice (1984), Everything for Sale: The Virtues and Limits of Markets, The Squandering of America: How the Failure of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity (2007), Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency (2008) and A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama’s Promise, Wall Street’s Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic Future (2010).
During his month-long stay at AIAS he will work on a comparative study of active labour market policies in different countries.

Jonathan Zeitlin

is professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Amsterdam, formerly at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He wrote Governing Work and Welfare in a New Economy: European and American Experiments (2003) and contributed extensively on the EU’s open method of coordination.

Wiemer Salverda

is Director of AIAS, coordinator of the international (7th Framework programme) research project Growing Inequalities’ Impacts GINI (2010-2013) and of the former Low-wage Employment Research Network LoWER (1996-2008), and lead editor of The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality.

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AIAS Conference in honour of the retirement of Jelle Visser

Friday 23 September 2011

Trade unions in Europe today

On 23 September 2011, AIAS will organise a conference in the honour of professor Jelle Visser who will retire in October of this year. Jelle Visser is professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam, was one of the founding fathers of AIAS and was from its establishment until recently AIAS’s scientific director. He played a key role in the growth of AIAS into an institute of excellence. The conference will focus on the role of trade unions in today’s European societies and will address two sets of questions:

  • To what extent do trade union bridge the divide between insiders and outsiders on the labour market? Where do trade unions stand with respect to today’s agenda of activation, flexicurity and social investment?
  • How can trade unions be a factor of renewal in today’s society? How can they strengthen their relevance in this respect? What could be new projects for the state that unions can support to further their goals and what could be the role of unions themselves?


The conference counts with the participation of a series of well-know and distinguished scholars and practicioners.

  • Prof. Colin Crouch – Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
  • Prof. Wolfgang Streeck – Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
  • Prof. Marino Regini – Università degli studi di Milano
  • Prof. Ida Regalia – Università degli studi di Milano
  • Dr Marc van der Meer – Centre for Expertise in Vocational Education and Training (ecbo)
  • Dr Marta Kahancova – Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI)
  • Dr Miha Varga – University of Amsterdam
  • Dr Dorothee Bohle – Central European University
  • Prof Bernard Ebbinghaus – University of Mannheim
  • Dr Reiner Hoffmann – former deputy-general European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
  • Prof. Jelle Visser – AIAS, University of Amsterdam

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