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Rooms C, D, M, N, O, U and Committee Room 2: beamer to connect your laptop. You have to bring you own laptop. (If you want to use your Apple notebook, please contact us, as it may be incompatible.)
Rooms C, T and U: VCR
|The origins of the public unemployment insurance in Berne from 1893|
|In the late 19th century, unemployment became gradually regarded as a new social problem. This change of perception led to more differentiated investigations and strategies of public intervention.
The paper analyses the origins and the foundation of Europe’s first public (optional) unemployment insurance in the city of Berne in 1892/93. The creation of this pioneer feat of practical social reform was characterized by a controversy on the appropriate model to be applied: Unionists and progressive liberals tried to find a solution within a trade union, subsidized by the state; more conservative circles favoured a public insurance. However, in the late 1890s the model of a public insurance was acknowledged by all urban political forces.
The analysis of this process is embedded in the greater context of the efforts made by social and economic scientists as well as politicians in the late 19th century in defining and classifying new social categories. Thereby, the focus is mainly pointed on the members of the “Verein für Socialpolitik” and the reception of their ideas and concepts in Switzerland, in particular by local actors in Berne. In this respect a further aspect of the paper is the analysis of the important role of certain municipal actors in the process of categorising unemployment.