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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

Die historische Entwicklung des Wohlfahrtsstaates: Von den Anfängen bis zum Ende des Goldenen Zeitalters

Petersen, K. & Obinger, H., 2019, Handbuch Sozialpolitik. Obinger, H. & Schmidt, M. G. (eds.). Wiesbaden: Springer VS, p. 9-32

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

Ide, inspiration eller illustration? Når samfundsforskere bruger litteraturen

Fessenbecker, P., Petersen, K. & Yazell, B., 22. Oct 2019, Litteratur i brug. Mai, A-M. (ed.). Hellerup: Forlaget Spring, p. 233-257

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

Nordiske værdier: et kritisk reflekterende essay

Petersen, K., 2019, Meningen med föreningen: Föreningarna Norden 100 år. Wilen, H. (ed.). København: Föreningarna Norden, p. 73-83

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterCommunication

The Concept of 'Welfare State' in Danish Public and Political Debates

Petersen, J. H. & Petersen, K., Jan 2019, The Changing Meanings of the Welfare State: Histories of a Key Concept in the Nordic Countries. Edling, N. (ed.). New York: Berghahn Books, p. 137-178 41 p.

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

Danish Social Policy in the Shadow of Nazi Germany 1933-1945

Petersen, K. & Mariager, R. M., 2018, Nazism across Borders: The Social Policies of the Thord Reich and their Global Appeal. Kott, S. & Patel, K. K. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 337-364

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

OVERALT LÆSER VI. LYKKELIGVIS!

Klaus Petersen

07/02/2020

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Svendborg-museum skal åbne nyt mørkt kapitel

Klaus Petersen

04/02/2020

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Svendborg-museum skal åbne nyt mørkt kapitel

Klaus Petersen

29/01/2020

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Danmarks Forsorgsmuseum skal lave udredning om svigt og overgreb

Klaus Petersen

28/01/2020

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Prizes

Docent in Political History

Klaus Petersen (Recipient), Jun 2013

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Svend Henning Prize for best book in contemporary History

Klaus Petersen (Recipient), Jan 2013

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

SDU 2020 progamme

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

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Danish Research Council for Humanities

Klaus Petersen (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  • ATP

    Klaus Petersen (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  • Teaching & Supervision

    Methods 5 (social science)

    Klaus Petersen & Heidi Vad Jønsson

    01/02/201931/12/2019

    Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

    Welfare society in international perspective

    Klaus Petersen

    01/02/201830/06/2019

    Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

    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

    Nordic Welfare Society

    Klaus Petersen

    01/02/201831/12/2018

    Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching