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Talk: Reflections on the Nordic Welfare Model
Date: 14 March 2012 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures cordially invites you to the following talk:

Reflections on the Nordic Welfare Model

Professor Stein Kuhnle

Date: Wednesday 14 March 2012
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: K.K Leung Building LG 106
Language: English

Stein Kuhnle will present what is regarded to be the characteristics of the Nordic model of welfare, how and why it makes sense to talk about a Nordic model, and highlight what, in a comparative perspective, can be regarded as achievements of the model. He shall also draw attention to challenges to the Nordic (and European) welfare states, indicate some reform tendencies, and make an assessment of the model's robustness.

Bio of the speaker:
Stein Kuhnle is professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen,Norway, and professor of Comparative Social Policy at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany. He is also honorary professor at the University of Southern Denmark and at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. He has written extensively on comparative welfare state development in Scandinavia, Europe, and on social policy developments in East Asia. Among his publications are Survival of the European Welfare State (ed.) (London: Routledge, 2000); Normative Foundations of the Welfare State: The Nordic Experience (ed. with Nanna Kildal) (London: Routledge, 2005), and The Nordic Welfare State (ed. with Chen Yinzhang, Klaus Petersen, Pauli Kettunen) (published in Chinese, Fudan University Press, Shanghai, 2010).


All are welcome.

For enquiries, please contact Ms Kristina Tolinsson Ting ( or Ms Cice Chan (

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