Business Interests and the Welfare State

How do corporations and business interest groups influence social policy-making? How influential are business interests in the field of social policy? What types of social policies do firms prefer? How do the social policy interests of firms differ across industries, across countries, and across time? How do governments respond to business demands for cuts to welfare benefits? At DaWS, Michael Baggesen Klitgaard  and Thomas Paster analyse the role of business interest groups in the formulation of social policies and tax policies.

Michaal Baggesen Klitgaard directs a research project on donor groups funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. Thomas Paster conducted a research project on the role of business interests in tax reform funded by the European Union's Marie Sklodowska Curie Action funding programme.

Jeppe Nevers (SDU, Department of History) and Thomas Paster (DaWS, visiting fellow) are currently editing a special issue of the Scandinavian Journal of History on the role of the business interests in the development of Nordic welfare states between 1890 and 1970. You can find the introduction to the special issue here.

Contact:Thomas Paster and Michael Baggesen Klitgaard




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