Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Traute Meyer

PhD

Primary position:
Professor of 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

Bridgen, Paul and Meyer, Traute (2014) The liberalisation of the German social model: public-private pension reform in Germany since 2001. Journal of Social Policy, 43, (1), 37-68. (doi:10.1017/S0047279413000597).
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), 714-726. (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).
Meyer, Traute (2003) Politik der Einsichtigen für die Schwachen? Ursachen für die Expansion der Familienpolitik am Beispiel Großbritanniens. Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 49, (4), 596-611. (http://www.z-sozialreform.de/ccm/navigation/f-r-leser/heftarchiv/2003/heft-4-jg--49/).
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) Alterssicherung der Frau in Deutschland und in der Schweiz. Leviathan - Berlin Journal of Social Sciences, 2, (29), 199-217. (doi:10.1007/s11578-001-0013-y).
Meyer, Traute (1999) Mehr Beschäftigung durch einfache Dienstleistungen? Eine Einführung. WSI-Mitteilungen, 52, (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, Seeleib-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, 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.
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.
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, Traute (2002) Mehr einfache Dienstleistungen durch Senkung der Arbeitskosten? Warum der Zusammenhang im Wohlfahrtssektor nicht gilt. In, Gotschall, Karin and Pfau-Effinger, Birgit (eds.) Zukunft der Arbeit und Geschlecht. Opladen, Germany, Leske und Budrich, 231-248.
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 (1999) Kinderbetreuung im Wandel. Zur Modernisierung konservativer Sozialpolitik seit 1990. In, Lost, Christine and Oberhuemer, Pamela (eds.) Auch Kinder sind Bürger. Kindergarten- und Kinderpolitik in Deutschland. Baltmannsweiler, Germany, Schneider Verlag Hohengehren, 65-72.
Meyer, Traute (1999) Die Lady and die Lästigen. Prinzessin Diana und die Politik der britischen Konservativen gegen Alleinerziehende. In, Berghahn, Sabine and Koch-Baumgarten, Sigrid (eds.) Mythos Diana: Von der Princess of Wales zur Queen of Hearts. Gießen, Psychosozial Verlag, 175-190.
Meyer, Traute (1997) 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“ und die öffentliche Dienstleistung von Frauen. 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) Wider "Selbstbedienungsökonomie" und "Brotverdienermodell"? Beschäftigungspolitische Chancen der Subventionierung haushaltsnaher Dienstleistungen in Deutschland. In, Behning, Ute (ed.) Das Private ist ökonomisch. Widersprüche der Ökonomisierung privater Familien- und Haushaltsdienstleistungen. Berlin, Germany, Edition Sigma, 189-205.
Meyer, Traute (1997) Ist Sozialpolitik ein Risiko für Frauenrenten? In, Bavaria, Sozialverband VdK (ed.) Politik - Ein Risiko für die Renten. 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.
Meyer, Traute (1992) Vorstellungen von Jugendlichen zum Umgang mit HIV-positiven oder AIDS-kranken Menschen. In, Mischnick, Holger and Roßbach, Manuela (eds.) Das Sexualverhalten Jugendlicher unter der Bedrohung von AIDS. Berlin, DE, Spitz, 150-175.

Monograph

Meyer, Traute (2014) 取贝弗里奇而弃俾斯麦! 欧洲经验带给德国男性和女性养老保障的启示. , Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Internationale Politikanalyse. Berlin, 27pp.
Meyer, Traute (2014) Beveridge not Bismarck! European lessons for men’s and women’s pensions in Germany. Berlin, DE, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 29pp. (International Policy Analysis).
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) Alterssicherung von Frauen in der Europäischen Union und der Schweiz. Berlin, Germany, Bundesministerium für Arbeit- und Sozialordnung, 50pp. (282 Sozialforschung).
 

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

Traute is the co-editor of the Journal of European Social Policy: http://esp.sagepub.com/ and she is a board member of the Network for European Social Policy Analysis www.espanet.org.

In the Department Traute is the Director of Postgraduate Research. For more information http://www.southampton.ac.uk/sociology/postgraduate/research_degrees.page?

Teaching Responsibilities

Traute teaches comparative social policy at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
She has been the supervisor of PhD research projects in different areas of comparative social policy, including comparisons of South-East Asian and European social policy, analyses of the impact of European welfare regimes on citizens’ poverty risks and the politics of welfare reform.

Media

Traute Meyer and Heribert Karch of MetallRente in a discussion about the social impact of German pension reforms and what options there are for trade unions and employers. Berlin, 12.8.2014
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohXV5vPdD5U

Interview in Programme on German pension reforms and lessons from Europe on the ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), Frontal 21, on 10.6.2014
http://www.zdf.de/frontal-21/reiches-deutschland-schneidet-in-der-altersvorsorge-im-europaeischen-vergleich-schlecht-ab-33538724.html

Comment in the tageszeitung on German pension reform and its impact, Berlin, 10.3. 2014
http://www.taz.de/!134497/

Comment on gender implications of German pension reforms in Frauenrat 4/2014 (please see useful downloads): http://www.frauenrat.de/fileadmin/user_upload/zeitschrift/2014-4/Inhalt0414.pdf

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Contact

Professor Traute Meyer
Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology
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