2nd Workshop on “Social Mechanisms” (7-8 Nov 2014 at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf)


“Social Mechanisms – Methodological Challenges, Empirical Applications & Modeling Techniques”

The 2nd workshop (in English) took place 7-8 Nov 2014 at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Haus der Universität).



Friday (7 Nov.): Establishing social mechanisms in quantitative statistical approaches

Dominik Becker & Ulf Tranow (Düsseldorf): Welcome and Introduction

Jürgen Friedrichs (Cologne):
Mechanisms in urban research reconsidered

Johannes Kopp, Nico Richter (Trier):
Social mechanisms and empirical research in the field of sociology of the family: the case of separation and divorce

Carl Berning (Mainz), Elmar Schlüter (Gießen):
The dynamics of radical right-wing populist party preferences and perceived group threat:
A comparative panel analysis of three competing hypotheses in the Netherlands and Germany

Alexandra Nonnenmacher (Siegen) as discussant and plenary discussion

Dominik Becker, Tilo Beckers, Simon Franzmann (Düsseldorf) & Jörg Hagenah (Köln):
Does the cognitive consonance effect on quality paper readership persist over time? A random effects APC analysis of German Media Analysis data 1978-2009

Heiner Meulemann (Cologne) & Ilona Relikowski (Bamberg):
Equality of opportunity and Achievement in Social Change

Robert Birkelbach (Cologne):
Using the intergenerational closure mechanism to explain differences of
school achievements of immigrant children in Germany and the Netherlands

Volker Stocké (Kassel) as discussant and plenary discussion


Saturday (8 Nov.): Social mechanisms, agent‐based modeling and integrative approaches

Clemens Kroneberg & Hanno Kruse (Cologne)
Academic performance and social status among adolescents in Europe

André Grow & Jan Van Bavel (Leuven)
Developing hypotheses about the future of educational assortative mating in Europe:
an agent-based modelling approach

Michael Mäs & Dirk Helbing (Zürich):
The structural effects of randomness on the emergence of social norms

Simon T. Franzmann & Johannes Schmitt (Düsseldorf):
Mechanisms in politics: how institutional veto points affect party system stability

Thomas Grund (Linköping) as discussant and plenary discussion

Michael Baurmann (Düsseldorf) & Jürgen Friedrichs (Cologne):
The methodology of Elinor Ostrom

Jörg Stolz (Lausanne):
Analytical sociology and mixed methods research – for a sociological alliance

Ingo Rohlfing & Christina Zuber (Bremen):

Causality and explanation in the social sciences

Tilo Beckers (Düsseldorf):
Mechanisms and levels of analysis: summary and outlook


Call for Papers, submit until 10 August 2014; e-mail: mechanisms@phil.hhu.de

We would like to bring together researchers doing advanced quantitative empirical survey research (e.g. multilevel and/or moderation/mediation models) and those applying agent-based modeling (simulation studies). Both directions of applying social mechanisms can be integrated to elaborate more appropriate models. The applications of social mechanism- and theory-based explanations presented at the workshop may cover a range of different substantial fields where mechanisms are discussed and elaborated. One objective of our workshop will be to discuss whether ‘substantial’ mechanisms such as mechanisms of social and/or educational inequality, stereotype and prejudice building, preference building, etc. can be traced back to a more fundamental grammar of generative mechanisms such as risk aversion, cognitive dissonance reduction, rational imitation etc.

We invite presenters of papers addressing four different domains:

(1) Methodological aspects of social mechanisms: explanatory status and potential

(2) Quantitative empirical applications of social mechanisms

(3) Agent-based modeling of social mechanisms

(4) Intertwining techniques: combining social mechanisms in quantitative models with agent-based modeling


You will find a more detailed description in the Call for Papers below:

CfP_Social Mechanisms_Düsseldorf_7-8 Nov 2014_final


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