Peter Abrahamson

Title: Associate Professor
Home institution: University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology

Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK-1353 Copenhagen K

+45 3532 3941;

SDC Research field: Public Management and Social Development
SDC Research project(s):  Comparing Welfare Policies in Scandinavia and East Asia

Within the framework of welfare regimes the study analyses the development of social policies, especially care policies, both services and transfers, between the two regions. It is emphasized that social policies cannot be readily be exported and, as such more function as inspiration than imitation. The focus is on care for the elderly with casework in Beijing and Copenhagen

Project partner(s) in China: Byung-Cheol Kim, Assistant Professor

Renmin University of China, School of Labor and Human Resource

SDC Teaching involvement: Social Polices and Welfare states (obligatory course in PMSD)

Master’s thesis supervision

Overall research interests: Comparative studies of welfare states across regions with a focus on poverty, social exclusion, care arrangements and the administration of welfare mixes. They involve considering labor market policies and organization, health care and education and political mobilization and alliances fighting for social citizenship within an historical-institutional framework
Publications: ‘Gender and Welfare Regimes Revised: Connecting Chinese and Danish Perspectives.’ Women, Gender & Research 2015 No. 1: 67-79.

’Harmony and welfare state development’ Journal of Tianjin Administration Institute Vol.16, No.2: 100-110. [in Chinese]. Forthcoming in English In Nielsen, R. T. and G. Helgesen (eds.). Harmony and Politics:.East and West (working title). Copenhagen: NIAS Press.


‘The welfare modelling business revisited: the case of East Asian welfare regimes.’ [In Japanese translation].Ritsumeikan Social Sciences Review Vol. 48, no. 1: 247-263.


彼得·亚伯拉罕森.论斯堪的纳维亚福利模式及东亚的启示社会保障研究 [‘Scandinavian Model of Welfare: Lessons for East Asia?] Social Security Studies Vol. 8, No.1: 16-27.


‘European welfare states beyond neoliberalism: toward the social investment state.’ Development & Society Vol. 39, No. 1 : 61-95.


‘Comparing social service system in Scandinavia and Korea and the direction of future development in Korea.’ [in Korean] Gyeonggi Welfare Foundation (Ed.) Quality Renovation of Social Service and Enhancing the Role of Local Communities. Gyeonggi (South Korea): Gyeonggi Welfare Foundation, [in Korean]  pp. 25-43.


‘Scandinavian welfare regime in the current crisis: reform or retrenchment?’ Nielsen, R. T. and G. Helgesen (eds.) (2012) Ideas, Society and Politics in Northeast Asia and Northern Europe. Worlds Apart, Learning From Each Other. Copenhagen: NIAS Press,pp. 63-77.


‘Crisis Governance in Denmark: Is Flexicurity Delivering?’ Yongha Kim and György Széll (eds.) Economic Crisis and Social Integration. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 115-145.


‘Special Chapter: Distinguished Scholars’ Round Table – “Why We Need a Fair Society and Equal Opportunity?”’ (Co-authors:James Fishkin, Hakan Seckinelgin and Alain Trannoy). Sang-Hoon Ahn, Cae-One Kim, Woojin Lee, Gil-Sung Park  (eds.) Fair Society. Seoul: National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, pp. 338-371 [in Korean].


‘The welfare modelling business revisited: the case of East Asian welfare regimes.’ Gyu-jin Hwang (ed.) New Welfare States in East Asia: Global Challenges and Restructuring. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., pp. 15-34.

Scheduled activities 2016: Comparing care in East Asia, Latin America and Southern Europe: fieldwork and data collection