From 9 February 2017 09:00 to 10 February 2017 17:30

Conference: Conceptualizing a European Social Market Economy

The international, interdisciplinary workshop ‘Conceptualizing a European Social Market Economy’ seeks to dissect the conceptual issues raised by the debate over the relationship between free markets and social protection in the European Union. This is a fundamental political and societal debate over the goals and future of European cooperation, but it also raises important conceptual issues.

Put succinctly, the existing conceptual frameworks are often not well suited to think about the challenges facing the EU since they tend to be rooted in domestic contexts. As a result, thinking about the balance between free markets and social protection at the European level requires rethinking these conceptual frameworks. 

The aim of the workshop is to critically assess the nature of the concepts, theories and approaches we use to discuss the balance between free markets and social protection in the EU. We do this by focusing on four concepts and literatures that are central to this debate: ‘social justice’, ‘welfare states’, ‘varieties of capitalism’ and ‘economic constitution’. 

Each concept forms its own subtheme within the workshop. During the discussion of each subtheme the speakers will briefly introduce their papers, which will also be distributed beforehand, but the main focus will be on a thorough discussing of the papers. 


Speakers and (provisional) timetable:

9 February, 9.00-12.30

Europe and Social Justice

dr. Andrea Sangiovanni (King’s College London)

dr. Juri Viehoff (University of Zurich)

dr. Rutger Claassen (Utrecht University)

Moderator: prof. dr. Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University)

9 February, 14.00-17.30

Welfare States
prof. dr. Janneke Plantenga (Utrecht University)
prof. dr. Barbara Vis (VU Amsterdam)
prof. dr. Catherine Barnard (University of Cambridge)
Moderator: prof. dr. Trudie Knijn (Utrecht University)

10 February, 9.00-12.30

Varieties of Capitalism
prof. dr. Laurent Warlouzet (University of the Littoral Opal Coast)
prof. dr. Mathieu Segers (Maastricht University)
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Bas van Bavel (Utrecht University)

10 February, 14.00-17.30

Economic Constitution
prof. dr. Poul Fritz Kjær (Copenhagen Business School)
prof. dr. Niamh Nic Shuibhne (The University of Edinburgh)
prof. dr. Anna Gerbrandy (Utrecht University)
Moderator: prof. dr. Sebastiaan Princen (Utrecht University)

The workshop is financially supported by the Ethics Institute, the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies (IOS) and the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE) of Utrecht University.

Start date and time
9 February 2017 09:00
End date and time
10 February 2017 17:30