Prof Kenneth Nelson


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I am Professor of sociology and head of the social policy unit at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI). My research focuses on the causes and consequences of welfare states and social policy, often in comparative perspective.

I am board member of the European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet), The Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS), and the Swedish Sociological Association. I am also heading the renowned Social Policy Indicators Database (SPIN), and I am part of the Steering Committee of the Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE).

I am one of two research directors of the advanced Integrating Research Infrastructure for European expertise on Inclusive Growth (InGRID). I am also involved in several national research projects on welfare states, social policy, and social inequality, financed by the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, and the Swedish Central Bank Tercentenary Foundation.

I have published several books or monographies, and in journals such as the European Sociological Review, the Journal of European Social Policy, European Societies, Social Science & Medicine, and the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. My most recent book was on the generational welfare state, published by Edward Elgar.

I am often engaged as independent expert for various national and international government agencies and organizations, and I work as an expert for the European Social Policy Network (ESPN), financed by the European Commission. I have also engaged in commissioned work for the Swedish Government, the European Commission, UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank.

You can download my CV by clicking the file below.

Publications

Monographs

2017. The Generational Welfare Contract: Justice, Institutions and Outcomes. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. (With Birnbaum, S., Ferrarini, T. and J. Palme)

2012. Minimum Income Protection in Flux. HoundMills: Palgrave MacMillan. (With Ive Marx)

2012. Sveriges socialförsäkringar i jämförande perspektiv. En institutionell analys av sjuk-, arbetsskade- och arbetslöshetsförsäkringarna i 18 OECD länder 1930 till 2010 (Swedish Social Insurance in Comparative Perspective. An Institutional Analysis of Sickness, Work Accident and Unemployment Insurance in 18 OECD countries 1930-2010). Underlagsrapport nr. 10 till den parlamentariska socialförsäkringsutredningen (S 2010:04). Stockholm: Social Ministry. (With Tommy Ferrarini, Joakim Palme and Ola Sjöberg)

2009. European Social Models, Protection and Inclusion. Research Report 2009/1. Stockholm: Institute for Future Studies. (With Joakim Palme, Ola Sjöberg and Renate Minas)

2003. Fighting Poverty: Comparative Studies on Social Insurance, Means-tested Benefits and Income Redistribution. Dissertation Series No. 60. Stockholm: Swedish Institute for Social Research.

Journal Articles

2017. 'Lower unemployment benefits and old-age pensions is a major setback in social policy', Sociologisk forskning 54(4): 287-292.

2017. 'Health trends in the wake of the financial crisis: increasing inequalities?', Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 45(18): 22–29. (with Anne-Grete Töge)

2016. ‘Social transfers and poverty in middle- and high-income countries - A global perspective', Global Social Policy 16(1): 22-46. (With Tommy Ferrarini and Joakim Palme).

2014. ’Decomposing the effect of social policies on population health and inequalities: An empirical example of unemployment benefits’, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 42(7): 635-642. (With Tommy Ferrarini and Ola Sjöberg)

2014. ‘Welfare states and population health: The role of minimum income benefits for mortality’, Social Science & Medicine, 112: 63-71. (With Johan Fritzell)

2014. ’Unemployment insurance and deteriorating self-rated health in 23 European countries’, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 68: 657-662. (With Tommy Ferrarini and Ola Sjöberg)

2013. ‘Levels and targeting of social transfers: counteracting poverty in a global perspective’, Journal of Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, 9(7): 17-27. (With Tommy Ferrarini and Joakim Palme)

2013. ’Health Care Determinants in Comparative Perspective: The Role of Partisan Politics for Health Care Provision’, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 54(5-6): 444 - 465. (With Ingalill Montanari)

2013. ’Social citizenship rights and social insurance replacement rate validity: pitfalls and possibilities’, Journal of European Public Policy, 20(9): 1251-1266. (With Tommy Ferrarini, Joakim Palme and Walter Korpi)

2013. ‘Social Assistance and EU Poverty Thresholds 1990–2008. Are European Welfare Systems Providing Just and Fair Protection Against Low Income?’, European Sociological Review, 29(2): 386-401.

2013. ‘Social service decline and convergence: How does health care fare?’, Journal of European Social Policy, 23(1): 102-116. (With Ingalill Montanari)

2013. 'Review Article: Fighting Working Poverty in Post-industrial Economies: Causes, Trade-offs and Policy Solutions', International Journal of Social Welfare, 22(4): 440-441.

2013. ‘The effect of social protection and income maintenance policies on health and health inequalities’, European Journal of Public Health, 23(1). (With Olle Lundberg, Monika Åberg Yngwe, Johan Fritzell, Jennie Bacchus Hertzman, Kersti Bergqvist, Tommy Ferranini, Johan Rehnberg och Ola Sjöberg)

2012. ‘Counteracting material deprivation: the role of social assistance in Europe’, Journal of European Social Policy, 22(2): 148-163.

2010. ‘Social assistance and minimum income benefits in old and new EU democracies’, International Journal of Social Welfare, 19(4): 367–378.

2009. ‘A Framework for Comparing Social Protection in Developing and Developed Countries: The Example of Child Benefits’, International Social Security Review, 62(1): 91-115. (With Ingrid Esser, Tommy Ferrarini and Ola Sjöberg.

2008. ‘Minimum Income Protection and European Integration: Trends and Levels of Minimum Benefits in Comparative Perspective 1990-2005’, International Journal of Health Services, 38(1): 103-124.

2008. ‘Towards a European Social Model? Trends in Social Insurance among EU countries 1980-2000’, European Societies, 10(5): 787-810. (With Ingalill Montanari and Joakim Palme)

2007. ‘Universalism versus Targeting: The Vulnerability of Social Insurance and Means-Tested Minimum Income Protection in 18 countries 1990-2002’, International Social Security Review, 60(1): 33-58.

2007. ‘Convergence Pressures and Responses: Recent Social Insurance Developments in Modern Welfare States’, Comparative Sociology, 6(3): 295-323. (With Ingalill Montanari and Joakim Palme)

2007. ‘The Accumulation of Social Problems: Multiple Deprivation in Sweden 1974-2000’, International Journal of Social Welfare, 16(1): S91–S104. (With Tomas Korpi and Sten-Åke Stenberg)

2004. ‘Mechanisms of Poverty Alleviation in the Welfare State. A Comparative Study of Anti-poverty Effects of Non Means-tested and Means-tested Benefits in Five Countries in the 1990s’, Journal of European Social Policy, 14(4): 371-390.

2003. ‘Taxation of Social Insurance and Redistribution: A Comparative Analysis of Ten Welfare States’, Journal of European Social Policy, 13(1): 21-33. (With Tommy Ferrarini)

2002. ‘Attivazione e coordinamento. Il caso svedese (Activation and Coordination: The Swedish Case)’, Assistenza Sociale, n. 2 aprile-giugno: 37-60. (With Tommy Ferrarini)

Book Chapters

2017. ‘The Egalitarian Paradise?’, in P. Nedergaard and A. Wivel Handbook on Scandinavian Politics. London: Routledge. (With Olof Bäckman)

2014. ‘Minimum Income Protection and European Integration: Trends and Levels of Minimum Benefits in Comparative Perspective’, in Navarro, V. and Muntaner, C (eds.) The Financial and Economic Crises and their Impact on Health and Social Well-Being. New York: Baywood.

2013. ‘Sweden: Increasing income inequalities and changing social relations’, in Brian Nolan, Wiemer Salverda, Daniele Checchi, Ive Marx, Abigail McKnight, István György Tóth and Herman van de Werfhorst (eds.) Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries’ Experiences. Oxford: Oxford University Press (In press). (With Johan Fritzell, Jennie Bacchus Hertzman, Olof Bäckman, Ida Borg and Tommy Ferrarini)

2013. ‘Health care provision: An exploratory analysis of increase, decline, converging trends and driving forces in comparative perspective’, in E. Pavolini and A.M. Guillén Public Health Care Systems between Restructuring and Retrenchment. Institutional reforms and performance in EU countries. HoundMills: Palgrave MacMillan. (With Ingalill Montanari)

2012. ’Individuell ofärd, ojämlikhet och socialpolitik. Sverige i ett bredare europeiskt perspektiv’ (Individual well-being, equality and social policy. Sweden in European perspective), in Kön, klass och etnicitet. Jämlikhetsfrågor i socialförsäkringen (Sex, class and ethnicity: Questions of equality in social insurance), Socialförsäkringsrapport 2012:4. Stockholm: Social Insurance Office.

2012. ‘A New Dawn for Minimum Income Protection?’, in Marx, I and Nelson, K. (eds.) Minimum Income Protection in Flux. HoundMills: Palgrave MacMillan. (With Ive Marx)

2012. ‘From Universalism to Selectivity. Old wine in New Bottles for Child Benefits’, in Marx, I and Nelson, K. (eds.) Minimum Income Protection in Flux. HoundMills: Palgrave MacMillan. (With Tommy Ferrarini and Helena Höög)

2011. ‘Eroding Minimum Income in the Nordic Countries and Abroad? Reassessing the Typical Character of Nordic Social Assistance’, in Kvist, J., Fritzell, J., Hvinden, B., Kangas, O. Changing Social Equality - The Nordic Welfare Model in the 21st Century. Bristol: Policy Press. (With Susan Kuivalainen)

2010. ’Multipla välfärdsproblem: Sverige i ett jämförande perspektiv’, in SoS Social Rapport 2010. Stockholm: The National Board of Health and Welfare. (With Tommy Ferrarini and Ola Sjöberg)

2009. ’Comparative Indicators on Job Quality and Social Protection’, in Guillén A.M. and S-Å. Dahl Quality of Work in the European Union. Concept, Data and Debates from a Transnational Perspective. Bruxelles: P.I.E. Peter Lang. (With Olof Bäckman, Ingrid Esser, Tommy Ferrarini, Tomas Korpi, Yerko Rojas och Ola Sjöberg)

2006. ‘The Last Resort: Determinants of the Generosity of Means-Tested Minimum Income Protection Policies in Welfare Democracies’, in Carroll E. and L. Ericsson Welfare Politics Cross-Examined: Eclecticist Analytical Perspectives on Sweden and on the Developed World: Amsterdam: Aksel Atland Printers.

2006. ’Välfärdsproblem i Befolkningen’, in SoS Social Rapport 2006. Stockholm: The National Board of Health and Welfare. (With Tomas Korpi and Sten-Åke Stenberg)

Other Publications

2018. ESPN Thematic Report on In-work Poverty in Europe, Sweden 2018-2019. Brussels: European Commission. (with Johan Fritzell and Josephine Heap)

2017. ESPN Thematic Report on Progress in the Implementation of the 2013 nEU Recommendation on "Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage, Sweden 2017. Brussels: European Commission. (With Johan Fritzell, Josephine Heap, Joakim Palme, and Pär Schön)


2017. Inventory on core social policy databases and indicators for comparative research, Deliverable 22.1, Leuven, FP7 InGRID project. (With Doctrinal, L., Fredriksson, D., and Sirén, S).

K. Nelson. 2015. Comprehensive Indicators for the Analysis of Out-of-Work Benefits: Introducing the Out-of-Work Benefits Dataset. InGRID Deliverable 22.3. Stockholm: Swedish Institute for Social Research. (With Doctrinal, L. and S. Sirén)

2015. Levels and targeting of social benefits in global perspective: Combatting poverty through social policy. LIS working papers series - No. 647. Luxembourg: Luxembourg Income Study. (With Tommy Ferrarini and Joakim Palme)

2015. ESPN Thematic Report on minimum income schemes: Sweden 2015. Brussels: European Commission. (With J. Fritzell)

2013. Unemployment Benefits in EU Member States. Brussels: Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission. (With Ingrid Esser, Tommy Ferrarini, Joakim Palme and Ola Sjöberg)

2012. The Fiscalization of Child Benefits in OECD Countries. GINI Discussion Paper No. 49: Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS), University of Amsterdam. (With Tommy Ferrarini and Helena Höög)

2012. Country Report on Growing Inequality and its Impacts in Sweden. Country report of the Growing Inequalities’ Impacts (GINI) Project. Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS), University of Amsterdam. (With Johan Fritzell, Jennie Bacchus Hertzman, Olof Bäckman, Ida Borg och Tommy Ferrarini)

2012. Rehabiliteringen måste utvecklas. Debattartikel i Göteborgsposten (GP), 31 Juli. (With Joakim Palme, Tommy Ferrarini och Ola Sjöberg)

2012. Social Rights and Self-Related Health in Europe. Commissioned paper for Task Group 4 on GDP, Taxes, Income and Welfare within the Review of Social Determinants and the Health Divide in the WHO Euro Region. World Health Organization. (With Tommy Ferrarini and Ola Sjöberg)

2011. Discussion Paper on Improving the efficiency of social protection. The Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion and Assessment in Social Inclusion. Brussels: European Commission.

2011. Synthesis Report on Improving the efficiency of social protection. The Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion and Assessment in Social Inclusion. Brussels: European Commission.

2010. The Nordic welfare model in a European perspective. Working Paper 2010: 11. Stockholm: Institute for Futures Studies. (With Susan Kuivalainen)

2010. Health Care Developments in EU Member States: Regressing Trends and Institutional Similarity? Working Paper 2010:7. Stockholm: Institute for Futures Studies. (With Ingalill Montanari)

2009. ’EU behöver en mer ambitiös socialpolitik (EU needs more ambitous social policies)’, Framtider 1/2009.

2009. Minimum Income Protection and Low-Income Standards: Is Social Assistance Enough for Poverty Alleviation? Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics 9/2009. Stockholm: Swedish Institute for Social Research.

2009. Social Assistance and Minimum Income Protection in the EU: Vulnerability, Adequacy, and Convergence. LIS Working Paper No. 511. Luxembourg: Luxembourg Income Study.

2008. Adequacy of Social Minimums: Workfare, Gender and Poverty Alleviation in Welfare Democracies. LIS Working Paper 474. Luxembourg: Luxembourg Income Study.

2007. Introducing SaMip: The Social Assistance and Minimum Income Protection Interim Dataset. Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics 11/2007. Stockholm: Swedish Institute for Social Research.

2007. Terms of Reference for the Study of Social Protection in Developing Countries. Stockholm: The Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). (With Ingrid Esser, Tommy Ferrarini and Ola Sjöberg)

2007. Documentation of Data for the Analysis of Job Quality. RECWOWE Working Paper: Task 03.01. Stockholm: Institute for Futures Studies. (With Olof Bäckman, Ingrid Esser, Tommy Ferrarini, Tomas Korpi, Yerko Rojas och Ola Sjöberg)

2006. The Social Assistance and Minimum Income Protection Interim Data-Set: Variables and Codes. Mimeo Stockholm: Swedish Institute for Social Research.

2006. Social Insurance Developments in the European Union 1980-2000: Un-Intended Convergence, Replacement Rates, and Welfare State Models. Published speech at the Joint Workshop Notre Europe &Eur-IFRI, The European Social Model(s): Which directions and responsibilities for the EU? Paris: Institut Français des Relations Internationales (Ifri).

2006. The Social Assistance and Minimum Income Protection Interim Data-Set: Documentation. Stockholm: Swedish Institute for Social Research

2004. The Formation of Minimum Income Protection: The Institutional Development of Means-tested Benefits in Different Types of Welfare States, 1960-2000. LIS Working Paper No. 373. Luxembourg: Luxembourg Income Studies.

2004. The Last Resort: Determinants of Generosity of Means-tested Minimum Income Protection in Welfare Democracies. Compass Working Paper 2004-21.

2002. The Impact of Taxation on the Equalizing Effect of Social Insurance to Income Inequality: A Comparative Analysis of ten welfare states. LIS Working Paper Series No. 327. Luxembourg: Luxembourg Income Studies. (With Tommy Ferrarini)

2002. Estimating Post-tax Social Insurance Benefits: Validity Problems in Comparative Analyses of Net Income Components form Household Income Data. Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics 6/2002. Stockholm: Swedish Institute for Social Research. (With Tommy Ferrarini)

Research Grants

Principal investigator

The SPIN Database: an Update and Expansion, 9 000 000 SEK, financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, 2019-2021.

Adequate housing conditions: the role of housing benefits in Sweden and abroad”, 4 630 000 SEK, financed by the Swedish Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), 2019-2021.

Changing social policy and income inequality: Sweden in comparative perspective, 4 050 000 SEK, financed by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), 2013-2015.

European Integration and the Social Model. Social Policy Organization and Change in the European Union, 1 950 000 SEK, financed by Riksbankens jubileumsfond (RJ), 2008-2010.

Poverty Dynamics and Redistribution in the Welfare State, 1 680 000 SEK, Financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR), 2005-2007.

Conference: Challenges for Social Protection, 80 000 SEK, financed by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), 2012.

Conference: 25 Year Anniversary FISS Conference on Social Security, 50 000 SEK, financed by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), 2013.

Conference: 21st International Research Seminar on Studies in Social Security, 50 000 SEK, financed by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), 2014.

Conference: Folkpensionen 100 år - Globala fattigdomsutmaningar och svenska erfarenheter av sociala trygghetssystem, 90 000 SEK, financed by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE).

Conference: Development and Dissemination of Social Policy Data and Indicators, 125 000 SEK, financed by Riksbankens jubileumsfond (RJ), 2014.

Network: Nätverket för forskning om socialpolitik och välfärd (Swedish ESPAnet Network), 100 000 SEK, financed by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), 2014.

Co-Applicant

Health and mortality in older Europeans - a matter of cash and care? 3 800 000 SEK, financed by Marianne and Marcus Wallenbergs Stiftelse, 2018-2020. Principal investigator: Johan Fritzell.

Towards Resilient Societies? Welfare State Institutions and Individual Capabilities in a Changing Europe, 12 000 000 SEK, financed by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), 2013-2018 (3+3 years). Principal investigator: Tomas Korpi.

Global ekonomisk kris, institutionell förändring och ojämlikhet i komparativt perspektiv: förändrade välfärdsstater och arbetsmarknader i Västvärlden sedan den globala finanskrisen 2008, 11 550 000 SEK, financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR), 2013-2017. Principal investigator: Joakim Palme.

Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion (InGRID), 5 000 000 EUR, financed by EU (FP7) Research Infrastructures Integrating Activities, 2013-2016. Principal Coordinator: Catholic University Leuven.

Generational welfare contracts in transition: Just institutions and outcomes in Sweden and other countries, 3 900 000 SEK, financed by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), 2011-2013. Principal investigator: Tommy Ferrarini.

The Social Policy Indicator Database (SPIN), 5000 000 SEK, financed by Riksbankens jubileumsfond (RJ), 2011-2013. Principal Investigator: Tommy Ferrarini.

Vietnamese social policy in comparative perspective: towards social policy reform, financed by Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)/Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries, 1 500 000 SEK financed by SIDA/SAREC, 2011-2012. Principal Investigator: Joakim Palme.

Changing institutions and outcome: Welfare states in a comparative perspective, 4 050 000 SEK, financed by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), 2006-2008. Principal Investigator: Joakim Palme.

Sustainable taxes in a global context: The political economy of risk-insurance and intergenerational redistribution, 9 000 000 SEK, financed by Riksbankens jubileumsfond (RJ), 2008-2010. Principal Investigator: Joakim Palme.

Redistributive mechanisms in the welfare state, 1 075 000 SEK, Financed by Riksförsäkringsverket, 2000-2001. Principal Investigator: Joakim Palme.



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