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Historical and comparative studies are central in welfare state research at the Institute for Social Research.

Norwegian society is characterised, among other things, by a comprehensive welfare state. How welfare policy is developing and changing, and the impact of this, are important research topics at the ISF. Historical and comparative studies are key to our welfare research: studies of how individual schemes have changed over time and also studies comparing Norwegian systems to similar schemes in other countries.

Welfare researchers at the ISF also study popular support for welfare systems and how this can change in light of, for example, high levels of immigration or increasing unemployment. A third umbrella topic is how welfare systems work: do they protect against poverty, and do they keep many people in work?


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