Theme 5: Welfare Models - Organisation and Values

Theme five will analyse ongoing changes in the public welfare provision in the North of Europe and Europe in general by building specialist competence at the intersection of religion, welfare and law.

By “welfare model” is meant not only the organisation of physical care and financial provision, but also the relevant value basis. European welfare models are under increasing strain for reasons which are closely related to social and religious shifts. These include changes in demography, gender roles and patterns of family life, as well as international migration, deregulation and the increasing influence of European and worldwide markets. Against this background a renewed interest has been directed towards the voluntary sector, not least religious actors, as a third way between private family-based and state-organised social responsibility. What new roles are emerging? How are values negotiated and how can the role of religion be understood in relation to various welfare agents? How are these issues dealt with in legislation, especially in relation to new understandings of family-based responsibilities?

The reference point for the studies will be the Nordic welfare model, with its combination of homogeneity, Protestantism and a strong welfare state combined with a “progressive” family legislation, which emphasizes the autonomy of the individual. Most studies will focus on the Swedish and Nordic societies, while a few will undertake international comparisons. Religion as an historic and cultural factor will be compared with new roles for religion in both public and private life. 

Theme Leaders: Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon
Deputy Theme Leader: Margareta Brattström 

Work Packages

5.1 The Nordic Model in a Changing Context
5.2 Social Rights, Integration and Welfare Practises
5.3 Welfare Provision, Religion and Value Systems
5.4 Inheritance Rights in a Globalised Context
5.5 Who is to Maintain a Family?
5.6 Welfare and Religion in a Global Perspective
5.7 Youth at the Margins: The Contribution of Faith-based Organisations to Social Cohesion
5.8 Discriminatory Practices in Welfare Provisions 
5.9 Religious and social literacy in contract relationships
5.10 A person close

Publications Theme 5

The list contains publications by researchers active in the Impact programme.