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Kick-off conference: Getting beyond the Nordic Welfare Model

Getting beyond the Nordic Welfare Model
Kick-off conference August 22–24, 2007

Venue: Tieteiden talo, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki

Wednesday, August 22

13.30 Registration opens
14.00 Opening of the conference, Pauli Kettunen, University of Helsinki
14.30 Plenary Session 1, chair Pirjo Markkola, Åbo Akademi University

  • The Variety of the Routes to the Welfare State, Pat Thane, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
  • Religion and the European Welfare-State Traditions, Kees van Kersbergen, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • What is Nordic in the Nordic Gender System, Kari Melby, Norwegian University of Science and Technology & Bente Rosenbeck, University of Copenhagen

18.00 University of Helsinki Reception

Thursday, August 23

9.00 Plenary Session 2, chair Niels Finn Christiansen, University of Copenhagen

  • How Can We Compare the Histories of Welfare Regimes? Christopher Lloyd, The University of New England, Armidale
  • International Modelling in the Making of National Social Security Systems, Stein Kuhnle, Hertie School of Government, Berlin
  • Family Policies and Variations of Welfare States, Sonya Michel, University of Maryland, College Park

13.30 Workshops
19.00 Conference Dinner

Friday, August 24

9.00 Plenary Session 3, chair Klaus Petersen, University of Southern Denmark, Odense

  • The Nordic Welfare State in National Identities, Uffe Østergaard, Copenhagen Business School
  • The Role of the Nordic Model in the Search for the Best Practicies, Marju Lauristin, Tartu University
  • Transnational Social Policy, Christoph Conrad, University of Geneva
  • Concluding remarks, Pauli Kettunen

13.30 NordForsk Welfare Programme
Presentation of the NordForsk Centre of Excellence Programme on Welfare

15.30 Cocktails