Stein Kuhnle

Stein Kuhnle
University of Bergen | UiB · Comparative Politics

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January 2006 - December 2013
Hertie School of Governance
Position
  • Professor Emeritus
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  • Worked as Professor of Comparative Social Policy, full time 2006-2008; part-time 2009-2013
August 1982 - present
University of Bergen
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Description
  • Worked at University of Bergen since 1974; as University Fellow (1974-78), Associate Professor of Sociology (1979-82); and Full Professor of Comparative politics since August 1982

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Publications (95)
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景天魁、Stein Kuhnle、潘屹、陈社英 (主编) (2022). 社会政策与老年福利:中国、北欧及国际比较研究。武汉:华中科技大学出版社。【Citation: Jing, Tiankui; Kuhnle, Stein; Pan, Yi; & Chen, Sheying (eds.) (2022). Social Policy and Aging Welfare: China, Northern Europe, and International Comparative Studies. Wuhan: Huazhong University of Science and Technology Press. Translation by Yanhong HU.】
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This article develops Stein Rokkan’s cleavage theory to include the gender cleavage. It discusses the gender cleavage’s structural, cultural, and organizational dimensions. The extent to which the gender cleavage becomes manifest is related to the overall cleavage structure. The gender cleavage has been comparatively more salient in Europe’s Protes...
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O presente artigo visa ao estudo do modelo nórdico do Estado de Bem-Estar Social e das lições que podem ser dele extraídas. Primeiramente, são analisadas as características principais desse modelo, que podem ser sintetizadas em três ideias centrais: estatalidade, universalismo e igualdade. Em seguida, são evidenciadas as condições e circunstâncias...
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Systematic theoretical work on Russian and Chinese social policy seems to be lacking. While previous research establishes how democratic systems produce welfare, it is unclear what kind of welfare such transitional systems provide. Our analysis adheres to structuration based theoretical explanations, taking into account both agency and structure as...
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This Special Issue is devoted to Russia’s welfare state during the years of economic stagnation that began in 2013. Twelve experts assess social conditions and reforms in poverty, labor market, pension, housing and education policies. They show that social mobility has stagnated in conditions of deep inequality and just-above-poverty incomes for ma...
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There exist many definitions and interpretations of the “welfare state”, and scholars have over the last 50 years or so offered a number of more or less competing conceptualizations and typologies or “models” of welfare states based on various criteria or specific combinations of criteria. One such type or model of welfare states to be distinguishe...
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This perceptive volume presents conceptual, theoretical, and empirical approaches to social policy analysis comparing China and Nordic countries in their treatment of the elderly. An international panel of experts offers valuable policy insights into issues of housing, community care, family care, pensions and social security, and mental health as...
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In recent years, many countries have faced pressure to cut the costs of the welfare state, and different strategies have been utilized to achieve this, including stricter eligibility requirements, reduced level of benefits, and reduced maximum duration of benefits. This contribution reports the results from a Norwegian survey designed to measure wh...
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In this book, Nordic and Chinese researchers on welfare policies discuss normative and institutional characteristics of Nordic and Chinese societies. They go further, examining two major areas of current welfare policies both in China and the Nordic countries, namely the problems and solutions associated with migration and labour market mobility, a...
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There exist different kinds of welfare states in the world. This article briefly discusses in what way welfare states differ and raises the question whether the idea and phenomenon of a ‘welfare state’ is globalizing, and if so, in which directions welfare states are moving. More specifically, the article draws attention to characteristics of the s...
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The form of the welfare state may change, but … European nation-states will continue to view public responsibility for citizen welfare as an important role.
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In scholarly literature, Germany often serves as a prime example of the conservative welfare state par excellence. Notwithstanding, a huge number of welfare reforms have been introduced since 1980, in particular during the last ten years. The article examines whether the institutional welfare elements attributed to Germany are still intact based on...
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AB STRACT The article refers to studies indicating that universal old age pension programmes alone or in combination with earnings-related schemes are conducive to poverty alleviation and less income inequality. Universalism matters, but few countries in the world have introduced universal old age pension programmes. The article does not research t...
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this paper we shall compare developments in Norway and Korea, population-wise one small and one middle-sized country in Northern Europe and North-east Asia respectively, which have both experienced relatively rapid economic growth, Norway during most of the last century, Korea in particular since the 1960s. Democratic institutions developed gradual...
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The paper looks at President Kim Dae-jung's vision of 'Productive Welfare' -a conception of a Korean welfare state. 'Productive Welfare' is put in a historical and comparative perspective, starting with a brief resumé of the origins of the modern welfare state and its differentiation into institutionally different types of welfare state regimes in...
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Within the framework of a general discussion of in economically advanced West European democracies, this paper offers an account and interpretation of how the Nordic welfare states, often perceived as the most comprehensive and welfare states, met a number of challenges in the 1990s. Economic problems were most critical in Finland and Sweden in the...
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It has long been assumed among Western commentators that rapid economic growth in East and South-east Asia has been achieved without the development of social policies. It has often been inferred that growth without social welfare is not only possible, but beneficial to further strong economic growth. The article questions these perceptions and bel...
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This study offers a broad outline of what has happened in the fields of social security and welfare in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden during the 1990s. Reforms and reform efforts are analysed and an assessment is made of the status and prospects of the so-called 'Scandinavian type of welfare state'. Although the Nordic countries have not been...
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It has long been assumed among Western commentators that rapid economic growth in East and South-east Asia has been achieved without the development of social policies. It has often been inferred that growth without social welfare is not only possible, but beneficial to further strong economic growth. The article questions these perceptions and bel...
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This timely book updates, and takes stock of, Lipset and Rokkan's classic work Party Systems and Voter Alignments: Cross-National Perspectives, an influential work since its publication in 1967. It examines the significance of the original volume for the history of political sociology, and assesses its theoretical and empirical relevance for the st...
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In this paper, the authors look at trends in social security reform activity in all of the Nordic countries with the exception of Iceland. They shall first briefly compare the status of the welfare state around 1990 with that of 1997; to be followed by an account of the economic and political contexts of the four countries in the 1990s; and a summa...
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None of the Scandinavian countries was invited to participate in the early European integration attempts after 1945 — attempts which resulted in the establishment of the West European Union in 1954. Neither were Scandinavian countries involved in negotiations over the European coal and steel community, or over the abortive European army. When Brita...
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BaldwinPeter. The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State 1875–1975, Cambridge University Press, 1990, ISBN 0521 37512 6. - Volume 10 Issue 4 - Stein Kuhnle
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After a period of unprecedented electoral growth, the Norwegian Conservative Party experienced a setback in the 1985 election. These shifts in Conservative electoral fortunes are explained in the context of socio‐economic changes in postwar Norway, organisational developments within the Conservative Party, its relationships to the other non‐Sociali...
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The values of national equality and local decision-making are discussed on the basis of two official Norwegian reports on the organization of social services. It is shown that the reports include a number of inconsistent goal formulations. Both values are. and always will be, in conflict, but it is argued that these goal conflicts may be made more...
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The values of national equality and local decision-making are discussed on the basis of two official Norwegian reports on the organization of social services. It is shown that the reports include a number of inconsistent goal formulations. Both values are. and always will be, in conflict, but it is argued that these goal conflicts may be made more...
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The beginning of our present stage in the development of the welfare state can be traced to Bismarck's large-scale social insurance schemes of the 1880s. The article compares various political and economic macro-characteristics of the Nordic countries at that time, and proposes hypotheses about the timing of legislation in the Nordic nations, and a...

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