Historical and comparative studies are central in welfare state research at the Institute for Social Research.
How welfare policies develop and change, and the outcomes of such policies, are important topics for research. In welfare state research at the Institute for Social Research, both historical and comparative studies are central: we analyse how individual schemes have changed over time and how Norwegian schemes perform compared to similar schemes in other countries.
Welfare researchers at the institute also study popular support for the welfare system and how this can change in light of, for instance, high immigration or rising unemployment.
A third overarching topic is how welfare systems work. Do they protect citizens from inequality and poverty and do they help to maintain high employment rates?
In 2016, the Institute for Social Research was granted funding from the Research Council of Norway to continue its work as a national core research centre on social security. Opinion formation, sickness absence and migration are among the priority topics.
- 1+1 project
- Ethnic differences in labour market participation, health and sickness absence among parents caring for disabled or chronically ill children
- Gender Segregation in the Labour Market
- Governing and Experiencing Citizenship in Multicultural Scandinavia
- Health communication regimes (HeCoRe)
- Institutional Change in Democratic Society
- Between Income Maintenance and Activation: the legitimacy, implementation and outcomes of social security policies (TREfF-2)
- Between equality and efficiency: Work incentives, social redistribution and gender equality in the reformed pension system
- Temporary employment and groups with a weak attachment to the labour market
- Conditions and impacts of welfare mix. Comparative analysis of policy making,public discourse and service quality
- Interactions between national and labour market based pensions in Norway: pension outcomes and policy processes
- Striving for excellence, learning to cope? Employer strategies for managing sick leaves and emplyee health over the decades.
- Understanding the gender gap in sickness absence
- Education to work transitions: the role of work capacity, skills and health