Research and Policy Days 2006

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The Kalevi Sorsa Research and Policy Days on November 17- 18th 2006 in Helsinki discussed the welfare state and its future challenges from several perspectives as well as the democratic development in transition economies and developing countries.

The Kalevi Sorsa research and Policy Days gathered researchers and policy-makers to discuss social problems, future challenges and their solutions. We hope the Kalevi Sorsa Research and Policy Days gave an opportunity to get information, exchange ideas and put forth new perspectives.

Friday, November 17th

11.00 Registration

12.00 Welcome
Maarit Feldt-Ranta
President of the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation

12.15 The role of politics in shaping society
Paavo Lipponen, Speaker of the Parliament of Finland, Former Prime Minister

12.45 The new Welfare State – An Answer to New Social Risks?
Joakim Palme,
Professor in Sociology at the University of Stockholm, Director of the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm

13.30 Coffee break

14.00 Democracy, Development and Equality
Georg Sørensen, Professor of International Politics, University of Aarhus

14.45 Fair Globalisation?
Raimo Väyrynen, Professor, President of the Academy of Finland

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 – 18.00 Working Group Session I

20.00 Dinner
Night Owl Discussion: Scientific Politics or Political Science?
Laura Assmuth, Raimo Väyrynen, Mirja Salkinoja-Salonen, Kimmo Kiljunen

Saturday, November 18th

9.30 – 11.30 Working Group Session II

11.30 – 12.30 Lunch

12.30 – 14.00 Closing Discussion: Globalisation and the Nation State
Tuovi Allén, Tapio Bergholm, Thomas Wallgren

Working Groups

Changing Political Strategies

The British Conservatives have made a rhetorical U-turn, the Swedish Conservatives have declared themselves a New Labour Party and Sauli Niinistö of the Finnish Conservatives campaigned as the “Labour President”. What’s going on? Is the change real? Populist Right and Left Wing Extremists around Europe have growing support. What’s feeding it? How can moderate forces step up to the challenge? And how does European Social Democracy position itself in the changing political field?

Pauli Kettunen, Professor, Head of Department of Social Science History, University of Helsinki
Pertti Hynynen: Populismin haaste Researcher
Nicholas Aylott: The Dilemma of Pre-electoral alliances Senior lecturer in political science, Södertörn University College

Moderator: Tapio Bergholm, docent, trade union historian. Working group language is English.

Work or Redistribution?

What are the new social risks? How can they be prevented? Has work based social security come to the end of the road? Is basic income a realistic and just solution? What are the possibilities and challenges of education?

Seija Ilmakunnas: Työtä JA tulonsiirtoja Docent, Head of the Research Department, Finnish Center for Pensions
Pertti Koistinen: Paradigman muutos työn ja sosiaaliturvan mallissa Professor of Social Policy, University of Tampere

Moderator: Janne Metsämäki, lawyer, former Special Adviser to the Minister of Social Affairs

Democratisation in Transition Economies

The Soviet Union collapsed fifteen years ago. Eight East Block Countries have joined the European union, two are on the threshold. Are they stable democracies? Is it just a matter of time until the last dictatorships fall? Is the democratic development in Russia guaranteed? What can Finns do to promote democratisation?

Jörgen Siil, Secretary General, Estonian Social Democratic Group in the European parliament
Markku Kivinen, Professor of Sociology, Director of Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies at Helsinki University
Moderator: Kimmo Kiljunen, Member of Parliament

Islam and Democracy

The Muslim world is flaring up, both in the East and in the West. Islam and Democracy are at times said to be mutually excluding concepts. Can Islam adapt to western democracies? What are the main problems and what can we do to solve them?

Kirsti Westphalen: Introduction, Unit for the Middle East and North Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Working
Mohamed M. Ahmed: Islam and Democracy- clarification of concepts Emeritus Professor, Joensuu University
Yildiz Akdogan, Spokesperson for Democratic Muslims in Denmark

The Future of Public Services

The population is ageing. The pressure to reform and make public services more efficient is increasing. The European Union’s internal market sets new demands. Can we hold on to universal services or should we shift to targeted measures? Are the answers in Public – Private Partnerships, Outsourcing or Privatisations?

Tuire Santamäki-Vuori, Docent, President ofTrade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL
Petri Virtanen: Julkisten palvelujen tulevaisuus , Docent, Consultant, Net Effect Ltd
Moderator: Elina Lehto-Häggroth, Mayor of the City of Lohja

Innovations and Equality

Finlandsfuture is being built on creativity and innovations. But in what kind of environment is creativity fostered? How can creativity – collective and individual – be supported and promoted? Can know-how be centralised without endangering regional equality. Can creativity be supported without early specialisation? Does the development of a Creative Class lead to a new class system?

Tuovi Allén: Innovaatiot ja luovuus, Expert, Finnish National Fund for Research and Development (Sitra)
Markku Sotarauta: Innovaatioympäristöt ja alueellinen tasapaino Professor and director of the Research Unit for Urban and Regional Development Studies (Sente),Chair of Urban Competitiveness and Strategic Development at University of Tampere
Erno Lehtinen, Professor of Education, Vice Rector of the University of Turku
Moderator: Special Adviser to the Minister of Education Vesa Vuorenkoski.

Poverty and Democracy

Does famine occur more rarely in Democracies? Is a democratic society more equal? Can democracy in developing countries be measured by western standards? Do ethnically based political systems hamper development? Is market economy created by democracy or democracy by the market economy?

Georg Sørensen, Professor of Political Science, Aarhus University
Liisa Laakso: Democracy and Poverty Eradication, Lector of Social and Public Policy, University of Helsinki
Moderator: Secretary General MA Lari Kangas