Public welfare under market governance

02 March 2009 - Event
02 March 2009 to 03 March 2009


Daniel Chavez...

VENUE: SAS Radisson Hotel, Oslo, nORWAY DATE: 2-3 March 2009
Monday March 2nd: Monday March 2nd: 09.00 – 10.00: Registration, coffee and fruit 10.00 – 10.30: Opening session Jan Davidsen, President, Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees 10.30 – 12.30: The Conquer of Public Services by the Market Kjell Arne Røvik, Professor, University of Tromsø Public Services – A Project of Democratisation Hillary Wainright, Author and Editor, UK Is there an Alternative Vision for the Public Sector? Asbjørn Wahl, National Co-ordinator, Campaign for the Welfare State 12.30 – 13.30: Lunch 13.30 – 15.30: Parallel Seminars A1: The Teacher – From a Pedagogical profession to a Bureaucrat? When tests, reporting and control from above is taking over in School. Sølvi Lillejord, Professor, University of Bergen Richard Hatcher, Research Director, UK Hanne Eilhardt Pedersen, Teacher, Lilleaker School, Oslo A2: Just Figures – or Marketisation in a New Packaging? Choice of accounting models and indicators is politics. What models are available, and which alternatives promote democratic governance of public services? Heidi Grande Røys, Minister of Administration Marianne Andreassen, Director, Government Agency for Financial Management Bjarne Jensen, Professor, Hedmark University College Fanny Voldnes, Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) A3: NAV: When Welfare meets Workfare Is it people who should adjust to the labour market, - or the labour market that should adjust to peoples abilities and potentials? Erik Oftedal, Director, Norwegian Welfare and Labour Administration Ebba Wergeland, Doctor Kjetil Hasselø, Norwegian Union of Social Educators and Social Workers Ove Haug, The Welfare Alliance A4: Governments in all Countries – Privatise! What is the role of the OECD, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in market expansion? Tony Clarke, Polaris Institute, Canada Helene Bank, Special Adviser, Campaign for the Welfare State 15.30 – 16.00: Coffee break 16.00– 18.00: Parallel Seminars B1: Hospitals – Chronicle of a Crisis Foretold? Why did Norway choose a reform that New Zealand and Scotland were already leaving – and what was their alternative? Roar Eilertsen, Researcher, DeFacto Audun Lysbakken, Vice President, Socialist Left Party Bente Øien Hauge, People’s Movement for Local Hospitals Unni Hagen, Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees B2: More Democracy, Please – Not Less! Many communities are experimenting with Participatory Budgeting and Direct Democracy. What are the experiences for citizens and employees? Hillary Wainright, Author and Editor, UK Javier Navasques, Sevilla Einar Braathen, Researcher, NIBR B3: Public-Private Partnership (PPP) – Solution or Problem? Are we going to let budgetary methods force privatisation – and should we accept that political priorities are overridden by local PPP-programmes? David Hall, Director, PSIRU Bjarne Jensen, Professor, Hedmark University College Magnus Nilsson, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation Tom Tvedt, County Council Chairman, Rogaland B4: New Public Management from A to Z What is New Public Management? We trace its roots back to neo-liberalism, look into the theories behind it, and assess the consequences for the welfare state. Henrik Herløv Lund, Economic Researcher, Denmark Norwegian presenter (to be decided). 18.00: End of Day One Tuesday March 3rd: 09.00 – 10.45: Governance for Welfare – Experiences from at Home and Abroad Jostein Barstad, Chief Officer, Øvre Eiker municipality Bente Ohnstad, Assistant Professor, University College of Lillehammer Andrew Cumbers, Researcher, UK 10.45 – 11.00: Coffee break 11.00 – 13.00: Parallel seminars C1: Restructuring for Better Quality Both in the trade union initiated Model Municipalities and in the Government’s Quality Municipalities, employees take centre stage. Does it lead to better quality? Jostein Barstad, Chief Officer, Øvre Eiker municipality Anne Grete Krogh, Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees Hilde Torgersen, Shop Steward, Municipal Workers’ Union, Moss C2: Public Sector – Profit or Politics? Experiences of for-profit service delivery in nursery schools, child care, refugee centres and housing. Clas Jostein Claussen, Assistant Professor, University College of Oslo Erling Segelstad, Norwegian Union of Social Educators and Social Workers Cecilie Hansen, Deputy Mayor, Kirkenes municipality C3: The Public Sector – a Bulkhead against the Financial Crisis? How does a relatively large public sector effect the development of the financial crisis – and how will the crisis influence public services? Rune Skarstein, Assistant Professor, University of Trondheim Marianne Marthinsen, Member of Parliament, Labour Party Harald Magnus Andreassen, Chief Economist, First Securities Ltd C4: Our Common Infrastructure – or Does it Belong to the Market? Natural monopolies, public-public partnerships (PUP) and in-house services – what should absolutely be kept out of the reach of market forces? David Boys, Public Services International (PSI) Tore Lindholt, former Director of the Norwegian Public Welfare Fund Per Olaf Lundteigen, Member of Parliament, Centre Party 13.00 – 14.00: Lunch 14.00 – 15.00: An Offensive Strategy for a Radical Change in Welfare Politics Panel discussion with representatives from the government parties, Union leaders and others Moderator: Asbjørn Wahl, Campaign for the Welfare State 15.00 – 15.30: Closing session Helga Hjetland, President, Union of Education Norwegian Campaign for the Welfare State,