© 2015

The Danish Welfare State

A Sociological Investigation

  • Editors
  • Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson
  • Morten Frederiksen
  • Jørgen Elm Larsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson, Morten Frederiksen, Jørgen Elm Larsen
      Pages 3-21
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Kristian Bernt Karlson, Anders Holm
      Pages 125-138
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson
      Pages 171-184
    3. Margaretha Järvinen
      Pages 185-199
    4. Dorte Caswell, Jørgen Elm Larsen, Stella Mia Sieling-Monas
      Pages 217-231
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233

About this book


The Danish Welfare State analyzes a broad range of areas, such as globalization, labor marked, family life, health and social exclusion, the book demonstrates that life in a modern welfare state is changing rapidly, creating both challenges and possibilities for future management.


Denmark welfare state risk risk management governmentality sociology social investment state Nordic model culture education employment globalization health management punishment

About the authors

Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Morten Frederiksen is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Jørgen Elm Larsen is Professor of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Bibliographic information


"Assembling a strong team of social policy experts, the volume offers an impressive, authoritative, and comprehensive examination of how the Danish welfare state addresses social risks across the full array of policy domains. Relying on comparative analysis, the book manages with success to convey the model's unique and internationally celebrated features: its stress on universalism, its social investment approach to risks, its celebrated family support and, not least, its commitment to gender equalization." - Gösta Esping, Andersen Professor of Sociology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

"This volume offers a comprehensive analysis of the Danish labor market and social policy. Given that Denmark's version of flexicurity and social investment policies have been identified by international organizations, such as the European Union and the OECD, as "best practices," this volume is a must read for all scholars interested in the welfare state." - John Stephens Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

"This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the Danish welfare state, organized around changing conceptions and realities of risk. Written in an engaging fashion, it will be of great interest to scholars and students interested in understanding how policymakers in the Nordic region have responded to evolving economic, demographic, and political challenges." - Kent Weaver, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Comparative Government Field Chair, Georgetown University, USA

"The Danish Welfare State contributes a refreshing perspective to debates of social policy in a risk society. It covers a wide range of approaches and an impressive number of themes including long term social policy change on the macro level, domain specific developments, and micro-level analysis of policy impact." - Jens Zinn, Associate Professor and Reader in Sociology, the University of Melbourne, Australia