Warfare and Welfare: The Impact of Mass War on Welfare State Development - talk by Peter Starke

Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Popper room
Academic Area: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:40am
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Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:40am to 1:10pm

The Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations and the Political Economy Research Group (PERG)

cordially invite you to a talk:

Warfare and Welfare: The Impact of Mass War on Welfare State Development 

by Peter Starke / University of Southern Denmark

Thursday, March 22 / 11:40 Am / Popper room

Abstract / I will discuss the theme and major conclusions from the book Warfare and Welfare: Military Conflict and Welfare State Development in Western Countries, edited by Klaus Peterson, Herbert Obinger, and Peter Starke (OUP, summer 2018). We are concerned with the nexus between warfare and welfare. From a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, it addresses the question of whether and how both world wars have influenced the development of advanced welfare states. Distinguishing between three different phases (war preparation, wartime mobilization, and the post-war period), the volume provides the first systematic comparative analysis of the impact of war on welfare state development in the Western word. The chapters, written by leading scholars in the field, examine both short-term responses to and long-term effects of war in fourteen belligerent, occupied, and neutral countries in the age of mass warfare stretching over the period from ca. 1860 to 1960. The findings clearly show that war is essential for understanding several aspects of welfare state development in advanced democracies.

Bio / Peter Starke is professor (mso) at the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (DaWS) at the University of Southern Denmark. His research interests are comparative welfare state research, political economy, and qualitative and mixed methods. His publications have appeared in the European Journal of Public Policy, Policy Studies Journal, and Politics & Society, among others.