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IWEC 2013

Shifting to Post-Crisis Welfare States in Europe?

– Long Term and Short Term Perspectives

International conference

Berlin, June 4 – 5, 2013


Welfare states develop, change and adapt to changing circumstances. Long-term incremental transformations, short-term ruptures and crises have been intertwined in the making and changing of welfare states. Over the last five years welfare states have been hit by a severe financial crisis. Its effects are in various ways related to structural changes associated with globalization, immigration, generational structures, and old and new social risks. The financial crisis has demonstrated international interdependencies and made the problems concerning the democratic legitimacy of national welfare states and European integration visible.

Against this background the conference Shifting to Post-Crisis Welfare States in Europe? – Long Term and Short Term Perspectives brought together distinguished academics from across the world to discuss whether we are going through a tough time – as a phase in the normal development and adaptation of welfare states – or whether we are facing a complete transformation or even a decline of the welfare state as we know it.

Key note speakers

  • Peter Hall (Harvard University, US)
  • Kimberly Morgan (George Washington University, US)
  • Ann Orloff (Northwestern University, US)
  • Bruno Palier (Director of Research, CNRS, Sciences Po, FR)
  • Joakim Palme (University of Uppsala, SE)
  • Chiara Saraceno (Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, IT)

The conference took place at the closing phase of the Nordic Centre of Excellence Programme on Welfare Research funded by NordForsk and was organized in collaboration between NordForsk and the two Centres of Excellence NordWel and REASSESS.

NEW! NordForsk news article on the conference available in Norwegian and English at

For further information please contact coordinator Heidi Haggrén (, tel. +358-9-19124958, mobile +358-40-7087005.




NordWel, The Nordic Welfare State – Historical Foundations and Future Challenges,

REASSESS, Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model,