Vinson Centre Seminar Series: The Welfare State as a Tradition


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The Vinson Centre is holding their regular Seminar Series with a seminar on ‘The Welfare State as a Tradition’.

Speakers: Dr Stefan Kirkegaard Slok-Madsen (Copenhagen Business School, CEPOS)

Date and time: Thursday 15 February 2024, 16:00

Location: Enterprise Hub, Vinson Building, University of Buckingham, Hunter street, Buckingham MK18 1EG.

For those interested, please register at https://forms.office.com/e/h26PuqgEqu

The talk will discuss how Denmark changed from a predominant laissez faire economic order to a social universal welfare state in the 20th century. Particularly whether this change in fundamental institutional logics can be explained by a failed state situation that required a reformulation of state efficiency and legitimacy, and invention of a new tradition of redistribution. Changes in fundamental institutional logics are rare, but occurring throughout modern states. As such this case study and related theoretical model might prove generally pertinent. It is further relevant because Denmark specifically is an often referred to, but little understood, country in international academic and policy debates. In particular, our speaker argues that failed state situations and public servant and electoral self-interest can propel fundamental changes in institutional logics more so than ideology, if these can manage to create new national narratives, traditions and norms.