Comparative Welfare State Studies

The purpose of  Welfare
The Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (DaWS) strives to test and advance the newest theories, the most appropriate methods and the best possible data.
We do this in areas that we think are of outmost importance to appreciate the dynamics of modern welfare state reforms.

Ageing populations, immigration, welfare state popularity, Europeanization and globalization, permanent austerity and – in the last few years – debt crisis are often identified as the most pressing challenges.

We examine how these challenges impact on the politics and  policies of the welfare state. The EU and immigration are among the areas we give high priority.

Inequalities are on the increase and so is the dualization of our societies, albeit in terms of institutions in the labour market or in the social and economic situation of citizens. We examine trends of inequality and how policies alter or enforce such trends. Labour markets, cleavages, job security, and the Nordic welfare model are some of the areas we go into.

Research areas:
Immigration and the Welfare State
Contact: Romana Careja

Labour Market Policy
Contact: Paul Marx

Nordic Welfare Models
 Contact: Klaus Petersen

Global Social Policy
Contact: Marianne Ulriksen

Social Welfare and Crime Control
Contact: Peter Starke

Business Interests and the Welfare State
Contact: Michael Baggesen Klitgaard

Societies and Demographic Change
Contact: Pieter Vanhuysse


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