Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology & Anthropology

Traute Meyer

PhD

Primary position:
Reader in Social Policy
Other positions:
Postgraduate Research Coordinator

Background

The University of Southampton

Traute joined the Division in January 2000. After receiving a Diploma in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin, she had a PhD studentship at the Research Unit "Labour Market Policy and Employment" of the Social Science Research Center Berlin. In 1995 she was awarded a PhD from the Department of Political Science of the Free University of Berlin, where she taught as a lecturer between 1994 and 1999.

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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Meyer, Traute, Bridgen, Paul and Andow, Caroline (2013) Free movement? The impact of legislation, benefit generosity and wages on the pensions of European migrants. Population, Space and Place, 19, (6), 1-13. (doi:10.1002/psp.1791).
Meyer, Traute and Bridgen, Paul (2012) Business, regulation and welfare politics in liberal capitalism. Policy & Politics, 40, (3), 387-403. (doi:10.1332/030557312X645748).
Bridgen, Paul and Meyer, Traute (2009) Social rights, social justice and pension outcomes in four multi-pillar systems. Journal of Comparative Social Welfare, 25, (2), 129-137. (doi:10.1080/17486830902789756).
Meyer, Traute and Pfau-Effinger, Birgit (2006) Gender arrangements and pension systems in Britain and Germany: tracing change over five decades. Journal of Ageing and Later Life, 1, (2), 67-110. (doi:10.3384/ijal.1652-8670.061267).
Anderson, Karen M. and Meyer, Traute (2003) Social democracy, unions, and pension politics in Germany and Sweden. Journal of Public Policy, 23, (1), 23-54. ( 10.1017/S0143814X03003027).
Meyer, T., Lepperhoff, J. and Riedmüller, B. (2001) Women's old age provision in Germany and Switzerland, an assessment of reform processes. Leviathan - Berlin Journal of Social Sciences, 2, (29), 199-217.
Meyer, Traute (1999) More jobs through services? An introduction (in German). WSI-Mitteilungen, (4), 217-222.
Meyer, Traute (1998) Die Erosion des starken deutschen Brotverdienermodells: sozioökonomische und institutionelle Faktoren. Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 44, (11/12), 818-838.

Book

Meyer, Traute, Bridgen, Paul and Riedmüller, Barbara (eds.) (2007) Private pensions versus social inclusion? Non-state arrangements for citizens at risk in Europe, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 272pp.
Faber, Christel and Meyer, Traute (eds.) (1992) Unterm neuen Kleid der Freiheit das Korsett der Einheit: Auswirkungen der deutschen Vereinigung für Frauen in Ost und West, Berlin, DE, Editiion Sigma, 186pp.

Book Section

Clasen, Jochen, Mau, Steffen, Meyer, Traute and Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin (2011) Conclusion: Parallel paths, great similarities, remaining differences. In, Converging Worlds of Welfare? British and German Social Policy in the 21st Century. , Oxford University Press, 282-298.
Bridgen, Paul and Meyer, Traute (2011) The impact of the new public and private pension settlements in Britain and Germany on citizen's income in old age. In, Clasen, Jochen (ed.) Converging Worlds of Welfare? German and British Social Policy in the 21st Century. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 180-217.
Meyer, Traute and Bridgen, Paul (2011) Towards German liberalism and British social democracy. The evolution of two public-occupational pension regimes from 1945 to 2009. In, Clasen, Jochen (ed.) Converging Worlds of Welfare? German and British Social Policy in the 21st Century. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 157-179. (Creating Sustainable Growth In Europe).
Bridgen, Paul and Meyer, Traute (2011) Britain: exhausted voluntarism - the evolution of a hybrid pension regime. In, Ebbinghaus, Bernhard (ed.) The Varieties of Pension Governance: Pension Privatization in Europe. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 265-292.
Meyer, Traute and Baxendale, Graham (2009) Formal and informal work in a liberal regime: the case of Britain. In, Pfau-Effinger, Birgit, Flaquer, Lluís and Jensen, Per H. (eds.) Formal and Informal Work. The Hidden Work Regime in Europe. UK, Routledge, 117-142. (Routledge Advances in Sociology).
Bridgen, Paul and Meyer, Traute (2008) Politically dominant but socially flawed: projected pension levels for citizens at risk in six European multi-pillar pension systems. In, Saleib-Kaiser, Martin (ed.) Welfare State Transformations: Comparative Perspectives. Basingstoke, GB, Palgrave Macmillan, 111-131.
Meyer, Traute and Pfau-Effinger, Birgit (2008) Pension restructuring and the gender dimension - a comparison of Germany and the United Kingdom (in German). In, Künemund, Harald and Schroeter, Klaus R. (eds.) Soziale Ungleichheiten und kulturelle Unterschiede in Lebenslauf und Alter: Fakten, Prognosen und Visionen. Wiesbaden, DE, VS Verlag. (Alter(n) und Gesellschaft, 15).
Anderson, K. and Meyer, T. (2006) New Social Risks and Pension Reform in Germany and Sweden: The Politics of Pension Rights for Child care. In, Armingeon, Klaus and Bonoli, Giuliano (eds.) Post Industrial Welfare States. Politics and Policies. Oxford, Abingdon, Routledge, 171-191.
Meyer, Traute (2005) Political actors and the modernization of care politics in Britain and Germany. In, Pfau-Effinger, Birgit and Geissler, Birgit (eds.) Care and Social Integration in European Societies. , Policy Press, 281-305.
Meyer, T. and Pfau-Effinger, B. (2005) Restructuring of pension systems and gender arrangements in Germany and Great Britain. In, Rehberg, Karl-Siegbert (ed.) Soziale Ungleichheit, Kulturelle Unterschiede: Verhandlungen des 32. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in München 20. Frankfurt am Main, DE, Campus Verlag.
Anderson, Karen and Meyer, Traute (2003) The Third Way in welfare state reform? Social Democratic pension politics in Germany and Sweden. In, Bonoli, Giuliano and Powell, Martin (eds.) Social Democratic Party Policies in Contemporary Europe. Abingdon, GB, Routledge, 141-160. (Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science).
Meyer, Taute (2002) Path dependent or neo-classical? Lessons from the dynamics of the British Welfare Sector. In, Gotschall, Karin and Pfau-Effinger, Birgit (eds.) Gender and the Future of Employment. Opladen, Germany, Leske und Budrich, 231-248.
Meyer, Traute (2002) More service employment through reduced labour costs? An analysis of the British welfare sector. In, Gotschall, Karin and Pfau-Effinger, Birgit (eds.) Gender and the Future of Employment. Opladen, Germany, Leske und Budrich, 231-248.
Meyer, Traute (1999) Childcare in transition: the modernisation of Conservative social policy since 1990. In, Lost, C. and Oberhuemer, P. (eds.) Children are Citizens. Baltmannsweiler, Germany, Schneider Verlag Hohengehren, 65-73.
Meyer, Traute (1999) The lady and the nuisances: Princess Diana and the politics of the British conservatives against single parents. In, Berghahn, Sabine and Koch-Baumgarten, Sigrid (eds.) Myth Diana: from the princess of Wales to the queen of hearts. Gießen, Psychosozial Verlag, 175-190.
Meyer, Traute (1997) Housework as paid work? Possibilities and limits of transforming housework into service employment (in German: Hausarbeit als erwerbsarbeit? Möglichkeiten und grenzen der umwandlung von hausarbeit in bezahlte dienstleistungen). In, Gersson, Raul (ed.) Report to Housework as Paid Work (In German: Hausarbeit als Erwerbsarbeit eine Berliner Fachtagung zur Europawoche 1997 ; Berichte, Materialien, Dokumente). Berlin, UK, Department of Labour, 15-22.
Meyer, Traute (1997) Im Schatten der Krise. Über das „Ende der Dienstleistungsgesellschaft“ unddie öffentliche Dienstleistung von Frauen [In the shadow of crisis - on the end of the "Working Society" and the Public Service of Women]. In, Kerchner, Brigitte and Wilde, Gabriele (eds.) Staat und Privatheit. Aktuelle Studien zu einem schwierigen Verhältnis. Opladen, Germany, Leske + Budrich, 239-257.
Meyer, Traute (1997) Against "self service economy" and "breadwinner model"? An assessment of the possibility to expand employment by subsidising consumer services in Germany. In, Behning, Ute (ed.) [The Private is Economic. The Economisation of Services in Private Households] Das Private ist ökonomisch. Widersprüche der Ökonomisierung privater Familien- und Haushaltsdienstleistungen. Berlin, Germany, Edition Sigma, 189-205.
Meyer, Traute (1997) Is social policy a risk for women´s pensions? In, Bavaria, Sozialverband VdK (ed.) Report to Politics - A Risk for Pension. Berlin, DE, DVFR, 45-64.
Meyer, Traute (1994) The German and British welfare states as employers: patriarchal or emancipatory? In, Sainsbury, D. (ed.) Engendering Welfare States: Combining Insights of Feminist and Mainstream Research. London, UK, Sage, 62-81.

Monograph

Meyer, Traute (2013) Beveridge statt Bismarck! Europäische Lehren für die Alterssicherung von Frauen und Männern in Deutschland. Berlin, DE, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 29pp. (Internationale Politikanalysen der Friedrich Ebert Stiftung).
Bridgen, Paul and Meyer, Traute (2005) Towards a ‘balanced’ approach to pensions reform? Individuals, the state and employers in the restructuring of post-retirement income in the UK. London, GB, Cass Business School, 23pp. (Pensions Institute Discussion Paper Series, PI-0509).
Riedmüller, Barbara, Lepperhoff, Julia and Meyer, Traute (2000) Old age protection of women in the European Union and Switzerland. Berlin, Germany, German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (282).
 

Research

Research Interests

Her work contributes to comparative welfare state research in Europe, and it explores in particular the role of private agents as social policy players in European pension regimes. Until October 2008 (10/06-09/08) Traute was team leader of the research project "The reconstruction of British and German pension regimes" (with P. Bridgen, Southampton and B. Riedmüller, Berlin). The project was a part of the research initiative "Sustainable welfare and sustainable growth - towards a new social settlement in Germany and the United Kingdom?", coordinated by Jochen Clasen (Edinburgh), funded by the Anglo-German Foundation. The results have been published by Oxford University Press in June 2011. Traute was involved in two six-country comparative projects. She was the scientific co-ordinator (with P. Bridgen) of "Private Pensions and Social Inclusion in Europe" (January 2003-October 2005; EU, FP5), and principal investigator for the British part of "Formal and informal work in Europe" (11/02-09/05; EU, FP5). Since January 2007 Traute has been one of the editors of the Journal of European Social Policy and she is a board member of the Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet)

Work in progress

Traute has been a co-investigator (with J. Clasen, P-I, and A Smith, University of Edinburgh) in the ESRC funded research project: "Welfare markets and personal risk management in England and Scotland", October 2009-November 2011. The project explored quantitatively and qualitatively how and why middle class households develop different strategies responding to current financial risks.

Since October 2012 she has been co-investigator in a project on European migration and social rights: "Free movement, pension costs: the projected pension outcomes of European Union migrants to Britain in comparative perspective", which is part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Population Change (with P. Bridgen, 2011-13).

Research projects

The reconstruction of British and German pension regimes

Welfare markets and personal risk management in England and Scotland

Free movement, pension costs: the projected pension outcomes of European Union migrants to Britain in comparative perspective

Responsibilities

Postgraduate research coordinator; Co-editor of the Journal of European Social Policy; board member of the European Social Policy Analysts Network (ESPAnet)

Teaching Responsibilities

Traute teaches comparative social policy at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Contact

Dr Traute Meyer
Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology & Anthropology
University of Southampton
Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/4073

Telephone: (023) 8059 5666
Facsimile: (023) 8059 3859
Email: T.Meyer@soton.ac.uk