Symposium in Honour of Stein Kuhnle

Varieties of Welfare States: Europe - Asia


9:30 Opening Remarks by the Dean
Helmut K. Anheier, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

Stein Kuhnle, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

10:00 Keynote
Göran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden


Panel I: The European Welfare State in Perspective

Chair: Anke Hassel, Hertie School of Governance
Presentations: Sven Hort, Seoul National University
Discussant: Will Arts, University of Tilburg


Panel II: The Nordic Model

Chair: Stein Kuhnle, Hertie School of Governance
Presentations: Joakim Palme, University of Uppsala
Anette Borchorst, University of Aalborg
Discussant: Ellen Immergut, Humboldt University Berlin


Panel III: East Asia: Reinventing the Welfare State

Chair: Steffen Mau, University of Bremen
Presentations: Chunrong Liu, Fudan University
Huck-ju Kwon, Seoul National University
Discussant: Lutz Leisering, University of Bielefeld

17:30 Concluding Remarks & Acknowledgment

More about the Symposium

The welfare state is a European invention with global reach. While the welfare state has historically evolved into different forms in Europe, we are witnessing its globalization. Alongside this process, social policy innovations appear in emerging economies. At the same time, the global financial crisis and demographic changes put both, established and emerging welfare states, under severe stress. Therefore, the future financial and political sustainability of welfare states is prominent on the agenda of decision-makers.

The Hertie School is proud to welcome a number of renowned and distinguished scholars of welfare state studies at the Symposium “Varieties of Welfare States: Europe – Asia”. These experts will discuss the historical development and the current status and challenges of welfare states in Europe and Asia. Their focus will be on the region, in which we find the historical origin of welfare states, and the region of a spectacular economic miracle in recent decades, particularly China and South Korea. Within Europe, the “Nordic model” has recently attracted special attention, and is a topic which has been at the core of Professor Stein Kuhnle’s research interests.

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14 March 2013 

9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Hertie School of Governance

Stein Kuhnle teaches Comparative Social Policy and Welfare State Reform at the Hertie School of Governance and Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen (Norway). He holds a cand. polit. degree from the University of Bergen and has been teaching there as a Professor of Comparative Politics since 1982. He has directed the Department of Comparative Politics for many years. He currently serves as honorary professor at the Centre for Welfare State Research at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, and as honorary professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. As visiting scholar and professor, he has done research and given seminars at the University of California, Berkeley, the LSE, the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Mannheim and at the Australian National University in Canberra.

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