Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model – Final International Conference

""Invitation and call for papers: REASSESS hereby invites you to participate in its Final International conference 21-22 August, Oslo, Norway.


Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model – Final International Conference

21-22 August 2012, Oslo

A Nordic Centre of Excellence in Welfare Research – “REASSESS” ( – has since 2007 investigated whether five Nordic welfare societies (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) succeed in living up to the idea of a distinct Nordic Welfare Model. The overarching research question for the centre is whether these countries are able to reconcile economic effectiveness and social inequality. Researchers from nearly twenty university departments and research centres in the five Nordic countries have worked together in cross-national teams studying issues related to

  • Care,
  • Childhood,
  • Disability and inclusion,
  • Diversity and universalism,
  • Family and parenthood,
  • Gender relations,
  • Globalisation and competition,
  • Housing,
  • Immigration,
  • Income inequality and poverty,
  • Intergenerational relations,
  • Pensions and income transfers,
  • Social regulation,
  • Welfare governance
  • Welfare-to-work (activation) policies

In many instances, this research has included colleagues from non-Nordic countries.

Keynote speakers

Three leading international scholars will give keynote talks at the Conference:

Mary Daly – Professor, Queen’s University, Belfast, the UK:

“The Welfare State in Society: Re-assessing the Social Challenges to the Nordic Model”?

Ann Orloff – Professor, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA:

“Toward a Gender-Open Future? Equality and Diversity in Feminist Social Politics and Policy”

Sven Steinmo – Professor, European University Institute in Florence, Italy:

“The greediest of generations”

Yet, the greater part of the conference will be parallel paper-based sessions around the main topics of the research in REASSESS (see bullets above). REASSESS invites people to propose papers related to one or several of these topics. Priority will be given to papers with at least one of the Nordic countries as frame of reference.

Important dates!

Deadline for paper proposals (about 300-400 words): 16 March 2012

You will receive feedback on paper proposals before: 1 April 2012

Deadline for registration for the conference 1 May 2012

Deadline for submission of full paper: 1 August 2012

Paper proposals (abstracts) and full papers should be sent to Mi Ah Schøyen ( or


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