Institutions in Context: Healthcare Institutions and Policy
5-11 June, 2017
As healthcare costs continue to grow globally, countries and governments have incentives to search for a healthcare system that offers the maximum, in terms of coverage, at a minimum price. Given the international appeal of market economics, a market-based private insurance system is frequently offered as a superior alternative to government provided coverage. This workshop will address the advantages and disadvantages of both extreme types of systems and of hybrid public-private systems from the angle of economics, political science, medicine, and other fields. The workshop will also address other issues, priorities and challenges facing healthcare in the future.
The organizers would like to thank all of the participants in the Healthcare workshop!
Theme: The Role of Money in Politics
6-12 June, 2016
The Citizen’s United ruling of the United States’ Supreme Court which allowed increased corporate influence in political campaigns is but one indication of the growing influence of money in politics. Thomas Piketty’s famous book Capital in the Twenty-First Century highlights growing inequalities on a global scale. Another important issue lies in the political motivations behind austerity policies and the impacts of these policies. What impacts could the influence of money in politics create? What policies could best address these concerns?
The workshop series took a break in 2015 to focus on hosting the September conference: 10th Nordic Conference on Behavioral and Experimental Economics
25-26 September, 2015
University of Tampere
9-15 June, 2014
Institutions in Context: The Free Market
The term ‘the free market’ has become so widely used that it is commonplace. The free market model is of central importance to economics and other disciplines that use, or explore how to use, "decentralization" concepts. Topics associated with this concept range from decentralized efficiencies and the "wisdom of the crowd" to concerns of greed and exploitation. Popular zeal for the concept, however, tends to ignore both the stringency of free market assumptions and the potential human consequences involved in relying on the market. This workshop examines the free market from a number of angles. We will explore the impact of the free market model and its extensions, and free market ideology. We will discuss positive and negative impacts of the use of the model in fields ranging from economics, political science, history, sociology and media. Topics include – but are not restricted to - the vast amount of market failure, the exciting implications of how free market notions can be usefully applied elsewhere, and the exciting implications of how concepts and tools from other disciplines can be usefully applied to help us improve upon the free market model in economics itself.
Institutions in Context: Inequality
Held at the University of Tampere, Finland
3-9 June, 2013
The organizers would like to thank all participants in the Inequality workshop! A special thanks goes to the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation for funding.
Photo by Erik Sieberg
Photo by Juha Mikkonen
Change in the workshop's program: FRI 7.6 LECTURES BEGIN AT 10.30!!!!!
Due to change in scheduling, Marianne Bitler already presented her work on Monday (although she had been originally scheduled for Friday). Therefore tomorrow's workshop session will be an hour shorter, meaning that we begin at 10.30 (an hour later than what is said in the program).
For exact schedule, please see our
(last updated 23 May)
Scholars from around the world come together to discuss inequality: its causes and effects, and solutions to it. Inequality is a major social, political and economic problem that has an effect on all of our lives. Come hear about it from over 40 guest speakers and doctoral students.
The workshop is open to all UTA students and staff!
You may attend any of the lectures without beforehand registrations. For lecture titles, starting times and lecture halls, see our program.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us:
Intern Hilkka Vähänen
tel: +358 50 318 6915
Professor Katri K. Sieberg
tel: +358 50 318 6216
International coordinator Anna Vähämäki
tel: + 358 50 318 6639
The workshop is organized and hosted by the North American Studies program of the University of Tampere, and funded by the Jane and Erkko Foundation.
This particular workshop also involves cooperation between the North American Studies Program and the Finnish National Doctoral Program of Work and Welfare Studies (LabourNet).
Institutions in Context: Dictatorship and Democracy
4-10 June, 2012
The orgnizers of the workshop would like to sincerely thank all the speakers and students who participated in the workshop Institutions in Context: Dictatorship and Democracy. A special thanks goes again to the funder; the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.
photo by Pi-Han Tsai
The Hotel, University, Bus station and Railway station are all within a 10 minute walk
All the venues take place in the Main Building of the University
Institutions in Context: The Welfare State
6-12 June, 2011
The orgnizers of the workshop would like to sincerely thank all the speakers and students who participated in the workshop Institutions in Context: The Welfare State. A special thanks goes again to the funder; the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.
Participants at Museum Center Vapriikki, Photo by William Heller
Special thanks to the speakers of 2011
Barbara Barrett, United States Ambassador to Finland from 2008 to 2009, Professor Katerina Sherstyuk, economics University of Hawaii, Robin Lunge, member of the Legislative Council in the U.S. State of Vermont, Professor William Heller, political science Binghamton University, Professor Lane Kenworthy, sociology University of Arizona, Anneli Duffin, teacher and chair of Special Education Dunsten Middle School, Colorado, Professor Melissa Marshall, political science ,Rice University, Professor Montgomery Van Wart, public administration California State San Bernardino, Professor Lawrence Brown, public health Columbia University, Professor Henry Milner, political science University of Montreal, Professor Cathie Jo Martin, political science Boston University, Susan Bartlett, Special Assistant to Governor Shumlin of Vermont, Professor Hannu Vartiainen, economics, University of Helsinki, Doctor Outi Laine, Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Hematology, Tampere University Hospital, Professor Heikki Ervasti, political sociology, University of Turku, Professor Pauli Kettunen, history, University of Helsinki, Professor Arja Rimpelä, medical science University of Tampere, Professor Eero Ropo, education University of Tampere, Hannele Loponen, teacher Tammelan Koulu, Tampere, Lasse Loponen, principal of Vehmainen Koulu, Tampere, Professor Eeva Hujala, education University of Tampere, Professor Markku Sotarauta, political science University of Tampere, Professor Pertti Koistinen, sociology, University of Tampere, Professor Katri Sieberg, North American Studies University of Tampere.
Special thanks to the students of 2011
Benjamin Andrus, political science, Binghamton University, Matthew E. Bergman, political science, UC San Diego, Courage Bobong Fon, sociology, University of Tampere, Mathias Ebot, sociology, University of Eastern Finland, Diego Fossati, political science, Cornell University, Diego Grijalva, economics, UC Irvine, Jason Hecht, political science, Cornell University, Markus Kantola, political science, University of Turku, Ryan Kendall, economics, UC Irvine, Marc-Antoine Le Page, management, University of Tampere, Matthew Maguire, political science, Boston University, Andreea Meierean, political science, Boston University, John Marshall, political science, Harward University, Tomas Masar, history, University of Tampere, Nadja Mäkelä, history, University of Helsinki, Pasi Nevalainen, political science, University of Turku, Katri Otonkorpi-Lehtoranta, sociology, University of Tampere, Sierra Powell, political science, UC Irvine, Anna Tatlock, Sociology, UC Irvine, Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen, health science, University of Tampere, Juha Ylisalo, political science, University of Turku, Jaana Minkkinen, Sociology, University of Tampere.
INSTITUTIONS IN CONTEXT: THE DESIGN AND IMPACT OF POLITICAL
INSTITUTIONS DURING AND AFTER THE COLD WAR
31 May - 6 June, 2010
The orgnizers of the workshop would like to sincerely thank all the speakers and students who participated. A special thanks goes to the funder; the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.
Participants at the Estonian Parliament
Photo by W. Heller
Back row: Constantine Boussalis/CGU, Donald Saari/UC Irvine, Touko Berry/U of Tampere, Igor Logvinenko/Cornell, Andrew Little/NYU, Matthew Bergmann/Arizona State, Samantha Gassie/Arizona State, Aparna Kehr/Binghamton U, Diana Branduse/ Binghamton U, Yusuf Varli/U of Iowa, Olga Shvetshova/Binghamton U, Benjamin Fordhamn/Binghamton U
Front row: Juha Helin/U of Turku, Fatemeh Shayan/U of Tampere, William Heller/Binghamton University, Katri Sieberg/U of Tampere, John O. Ledyard/Caltech, Gregory Winger/Boston U. Laura Lucas/Boston U. Ryan Kendall/UC Irvine, Andreas Nohn/U of Hamburg, Alexander Lust Cornell