Since 1873 the Verein für socialpolitik. He had founded as a counter movement to the former Laissez-faire policy. In addition to academics and economic experts, politicians and journalists were among the founding members. Annual, event venues, meetings are held to exchange. This year, the annual meeting of the Association for social policy from the 09. to 12. September at the University of Göttingen. The economists had as its theme “New directions and challenges for the labour market of the 21st century. Century“ is selected.
I myself have taken part in these meetings for the past ten years – but not as a club member, but as a representative of a trade publisher. In addition to economic institutions and economic research institutes, publishers with the offer stands for a part of the framework programme. And so my remarks in this and the following Blogs are always the point of view of an external participant.
My Motivation, my impressions of Göttingen, in form of a Blog explain the fact that this meeting was different from the previously. In the past I had wished often that the public perception of the meeting, the content and the opinions and recommendations of the most important Economists could be in the German-speaking countries is much greater. Economic expertise and policy recommendations could go – my personal opinion – in the VfS-meetings in a discourse and make their way to the outside.
And the göttingen meeting had a lot to offer:
- Perception by the press (satirical and serious)
- Combination of economic expertise and policy
- Discussions about current (and pressing) issues
- The discourse among the members of the Association
In subsequent blogs I’ll be on individual aspects of this meeting – or my perception of it.
The economic publishers traditionally participate in this meeting. For the UTB were the programme makers Rainer Berger and Dr. Jürgen Schechler of UVK Lucius on the spot, in addition to the current thematic Trends with the educational challenges of the discipline of Economics to deal with and interact with other experts.