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									CARMA Centre for Labour Market Research
Aalborg University

Invitation
CARMA’s 25th Anniversary Conference
October 9-10, 2008 at Aalborg University
CARMA turns 25! The Centre for Labour Market Research (CARMA) at Aalborg University was established in 1983 by a group of researchers at the Department for Economics, Politics and Public Administration. During the 25 years CARMA has grown to be a recognised research centre specialised in Danish and European labour market and employment policy. In recent years, the subject of “flexicurity” has been a focus area for CARMA, which has contributed to its increasing engagement in international research networks. Further information on the centre’s research programme and other activities can be found at: www.epa.aau.dk/carma The 25th Anniversary Conference In order to celebrate the anniversary and further strengthen the ties between CARMA and its national and international networks, two conferences are planned for October 9 and 10, 2008. The main conference has the theme ”Employment policy – from research to reform” and takes stock at fresh research results and their implications for employment policy in four policy areas that are central to CARMA’s research agenda. The discussions will be organized in four parallel workshops: • Danish and Nordic labour market and employment policy (Organizer: Henning Jørgensen) • Flexicurity and policy reform in Europe (Organizer: Per Kongshøj Madsen) • Life-long and life-wide learning (Organizer: Rasmus Juul Møberg) • Reforms of employment services (Organiser: Flemming Larsen and Thomas Bredgaard) Each workshop is chaired by a CARMA researcher in cooperation with a colleague from the CARMA-network. If so wished, the workshops may be extended to include the following day (Saturday, October 11). Enclosed you will find a more detailed description of the workshops. Two keynote speakers will address the participants in the international conference and introduce the themes of the workshop. Professor Ton Wilthagen from Tilburg University has kindly accepted the invitation to deliver one of the keynote speeches. The other speaker is still to be announced.

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This main international conference takes place on Friday October 10, 2008. Participants staying until Saturday are invited to an informal conference dinner on Friday evening. In addition a half-day conference mainly addressed at a Danish audience will take place on the afternoon of Thursday October 9 followed by a reception, where a small jubilee publication will be presented. Among the speakers will be the Minister of Employment, the chairman of the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions and the director of the Confederation of Danish employers. On the evening of October 9, the participants in the international conferences may join CARMA’s Birthday Party with fine food, drinks and fun. A separate fee of 50 Euro will be collected for participants this event. On the evening of Friday 10, those participants staying over in Aalborg are invited to a free conference dinner. Call for papers This invitation is also a call for papers to be contributed to the workshops. Abstracts should be submitted to one of the four organizers listed above with a copy to pkm@epa.aau.dk. The deadline for abstracts is July 1, 2008. The deadline for accepted papers is September 15. For further information about the workshops, see below. All contributed papers will be made accessible at the CARMA website and a selection will be included in an edited volume along the lines of the two previous CARMA conferences in 2004 and 2006. No presents – just your presence! CARMA have no intention of compiling a long list of wishes for birthday presents. The best present that you can give us is simply to turn up and take part in the conference and the festivity. For those not contributing a paper, a small conference fee of 50 Euro will be asked. Participants will also have to cover their own travel costs and accommodation. We hope se see many old – and new – friends in Aalborg on October. On behalf of CARMA Per Kongshøj Madsen Professor, director of CARMA If you have any comments or questions concerning the event, do not hesitate to contact me (e-mail: pkm@epa.aau.dk).

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CARMA’s 25th Anniversary Conference Theme: ”Employment policy – from research to reform” List of Workshops – Call for Papers
Workshop 1: Danish and Nordic labour market and employment policy Coordinator: Henning Jørgensen (henningj@epa.aau.dk) When it comes to employment performance and policy, the Nordic countries have had somewhat different experiences in recent years. By example Swedish labour market policy is currently undergoing wide-ranging reforms. Also in the debate on “flexicurity” Denmark is singled out as a special case. In spite hereof, the Nordic countries are still conceived as representing a distinct “Scandinavian model” of the welfare state. This workshop invites papers that take a fresh look at the “Nordic experience” and allow the participants to discuss the issues of differences and convergence among the Nordic countries in the coming years. Papers may be comparative in their approach or focus on a single country. Workshop 2: Flexicurity and policy reform in Europe (Coordinator: Per Kongshøj Madsen (pkm@epa.aau.dk In December 2007 the European Council agreed on a set of common principles of flexicurity. Hereby the idea of developing strategies to promote simultaneously flexible labour markets and security for the citizens has moved to the very centre stage of European policy making. During the coming cycle of the European Employment Strategy, the Member States will annually report on the progress they make in transforming the principles into practical policies. This workshop will invite papers that either study the policy processes at the European level or the options and barriers for implementing flexicurity arrangements at the national level. Papers with a more theoretical approach to the analysis of flexicurity and related concepts are also welcomed.

Workshop 3: Life-long and life-wide learning Coordinator: Rasmus Juul Møberg (rjm@epa.aau.dk) Increasingly, initial and continuing vocational education & training (IVET & CVET) has become important political instruments to handle problems related to global economic developments and efforts to develop into a learning society. Qualifications are given a crucial role in creating both flexibility and security, especially concerning different transitions to and from or within the labour market. The implication of this is that a more dynamic conception of education and training is needed. Education and training therefore should be seen as an integrated part of the individual work life course and not necessarily an event occurring prior to the work life. This workshop welcomes contributions that study the effect of IVET and CVET with regards to flexibility and security aspects. Papers dealing with these effects in a work life perspective are especially welcome.

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Workshop 4: “Changing labour markets – Changing governance of employment policies” Coordinators: Thomas Bredgaard (thomas@epa.aau.dk) and Flemming Larsen (flemlar@epa.aau.dk), CARMA, Denmark Across the OECD, labour markets are confronted with what appears to be similar challenges; such as intensified product market competition and labour migration, demographic ageing, rising rates of temporary, contract work, and individualised life cycles and patterns. Although policy responses are not uniform, OECD-countries are currently undertaking major reforms of labour market legislation and policies as well as their implementation structure. This workshop welcomes contributions that study the implications of new modes of governance in Public Employment Services (PES) in a comparative as well as national context. The contributions may focus on the following subjects; contracting out, one-stop shops and single gateways, new management instruments and new public management in employment services. In the workshop we intend to discuss the rationales behind these institutional reforms, their implications for the design and substance of employment policies, and their impacts on the target-groups, front-line employees and implementing organisations.

Program Friday October 10, Fibigerstræde 1
10:00-10:45 Keynote: Ton Wilthagen: “Flexicurity – the current research agenda” 10:45-11:00 Coffee break 11:00-12:30 Workshops 12:30-13:30 Lunch 13:30-15:30 Workshops 15:30-16:00 Coffee break 16:00-16:45 Keynote (Jean-Claude Barbier) 16:45-17:00 Closing of conference (Per Kongshøj Madsen)

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Some important deadlines!
Submission of registration form: As soon as possible and no later than September 1! Submission of abstract for paper: July 1, 2008 Submission of paper: September 15, 2008 The conference fee 350 DKK (50 Euro) should be paid to:
Spar Nord Bank A/S Hadsundvej 20 9000 Aalborg Denmark IBAN: DK 1092362365745695 SWIFT: SPNODK 22 Acountholder: Aalborg University Include your your name and reference number. AN 42007, before August 1, 2008 The conference fee only covers participation in the conference itself (including refreshments, lunch and conference dinner on Friday evening). Participants will have to meet their own expenses for travel and accommodation. A number of rooms have been prebooked at Hotel Phønix in Aalborg (www.helnan.dk). Please mention CARMA, when making reservations here. For other options for accommodation in Aalborg, see www.visitaalborg.com

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CARMA’s 25th Anniversary Conference October 9-10, 2008 at Aalborg University Registration form First name Last name Position Department Organisation Address Zip code Town Country Telephone Fax E-mail Special requests concerning food Arrival and departure Arrival date: Preferred workshop no. Will take part in Dinner on October 9 (+50 Euro) Yes/No Will take part in conference dinner on October 10 Yes/No Time: Departure date: Time:

If presenting a paper, please indicate its title:

Please mail the registration form to Connie Krogager (conniek@epa.aau.dk)

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