Transnational Historical Perspectives on Social Policy
Globalization and Welfare series
Edited by Pauli Kettunen and Klaus Petersen
The concept of model is very popular in welfare state research. It is also a very problematic concept, owing to the static and nation-state-bound meanings so often associated with it. On the other hand, identifying and comparing different models has played an important political role in the making of the welfare states. How should we account critically for the uses and limitations of models as analytical tools for comparing and understanding modern welfare states? How should we examine the role of models and comparisons in the formation and transformation of welfare states? These questions are examined in this book. They have been a point of departure for the research cooperation and projects going on within the Nordic Centre of Excellence NordWel since the beginning of its activities in 2007. The work on this book was started by the kick-off conference at the University of Helsinki in August 2007. The conference brought together Nordic and international welfare state researchers addressing the role of welfare state models from different perspectives and disciplines. We would like to thank all the participants in the NordWel kick-off conference for contributing to and commenting on the first versions of what after several further discussions and rounds of editing became the chapters of this book. We would also like to extend special thanks to Melis Ari, who assisted us in the copy-editing, and to John Irons for language editing. It has been a pleasure to work with Catherine Elgar, Alexandra O’Connell and Bob Pickens of Edward Elgar...