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Research areas

Welfare state history with special focus on Denmark and the Nordic countries. This include general studies of welfare state development as well as more specialized studies on pension policy, early retirement schemes (Efterløn), family policy and the immigration policies of the Danish welfare state. More recently, my focus has been on transnational perspectives on the Danish welfare state. This include studies on Nordic cooperation on social policy and American influences on Danish social science .

I have also worked on topics such as labor history (especially the History of the Danish Social Democracy), the cold war in Denmark (the struggle between Communists and Social Democrats), americanization in Denmark post 1945. The latter within the project "Americanization processes in Denmark":

Finally, I have an interest in Danish Modern furnitures and has written several coffee table books on this in close cooperation with my colleague professor Per H. Hansen (Copenhagen Business School).

Research information

Professor Klaus Petersen, Department of History, University of Southern Denmark is the director of Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (www.sdu.dk/welfare). His research has focused on the historical development of welfare state with special emphasis on Denmark and on the Nordic model. He has published widely on topics such family policy, old age pension, parties and the politics of the welfare state, Nordic social political cooperation, methods in welfare state studies, social policy language (and concepts) and on immigration and the welfare state. 

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Research Output

Cold War and Social Protection in Burma and Malaysia

Morioni, M. & Petersen, K., 13. Jul 2020, From Colonialism to International Aid: External Actors and Social Protection in the Global South. Schmitt, C. (ed.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 45-78 34 p. (Global Dynamics of Social Policy).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Digitalization and the Danish Welfare State: Policies, Institutional Changes and Strategic Dilemmas

Petersen, K. & Hansen, J. S., 2020, In : Journal of Policy Science. 27, 3, p. 97-113

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Museums and Social Change: Challenging the Unhelpful Museum

Petersen, K., Chynoweth, A., Lynch, B. & Smed, S., 2020, Oxon: Routledge. 190 p. (Museum Meanings).

Research output: Monograph/anthology/thesis/reportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

The Welfare Defence: Military Security and Social Welfare in Denmark from 1848 to the Cold War

Petersen, K., 2020, In : Historical Social Research. 45, 2, p. 164-186

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

为福利而增长还是为增长而福利? 北欧国家经济发展和社会保障之间的动态关系

Translated title of the contribution: Growth for Welfare or Welfare for Growth? The Changing Relationship between Economic Development and Social Security in the Nordic CountriesPetersen, K., 2020, In : Chinese Social Security Review. p. 24-32 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Activities

Anna Kornbluh

Bryan Yazell (Host), Klaus Petersen (Host) & Patrick Fessenbecker (Host)

13. Dec 201814. Dec 2018

Activity: Hosting a guest lecturer

Board for Svendborg Museum (External organisation)

Klaus Petersen (Chairman)

2018 → …

Activity: MembershipBoard duties in companies, associations, or public organisations

Nordic Challenges Conference

Klaus Petersen (Participant)

2018

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Committee for professorship (Event)

Klaus Petersen (Chairman)

2017

Activity: MembershipMembership of review committee

Nordisk Historikermøde

Klaus Petersen (Organizer)

2017

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Projects

Press / Media

Og så blev det Jens Vejmands tur

Klaus Petersen

23/08/2020

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Og så blev det Jens Vejmands tur

Klaus Petersen

22/08/2020

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Forbrugets kulturhistorie

Klaus Petersen

22/07/2020

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Den kolde krig på hjemmefronten

Klaus Petersen

13/07/2020

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Erhvervsmand måtte rydde op efter Eurovision

Klaus Petersen

07/07/2020

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Prizes

Docent in Political History

Petersen, Klaus (Recipient), Jun 2013

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Svend Henning Prize for best book in contemporary History

Petersen, Klaus (Recipient), Jan 2013

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

SDU 2020 progamme

Petersen, Klaus (Recipient) & Mai, Anne-Marie (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Danish Research Council for Humanities

Petersen, Klaus (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  • ATP

    Petersen, Klaus (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  • Teaching & Supervision

    Methods 5 (social science)

    Klaus Petersen & Heidi Vad Jønsson

    01/02/201931/12/2019

    Course: Teaching

    Welfare society in international perspective

    Klaus Petersen

    01/02/201830/06/2019

    Course: Teaching

    Politik-uge II

    Poul Erik Mouritzen, Klaus Petersen & Sune Welling Hansen

    01/02/201428/02/2019

    Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

    Politik-uge I

    Poul Erik Mouritzen, Klaus Petersen & Sune Welling Hansen

    01/02/201428/02/2019

    Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

    Nordic Welfare Society

    Klaus Petersen

    01/02/201831/12/2018

    Course: Teaching