Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

  • Center for Civil Society Studies
  • Center for Civilsamfundsstudier
Assistant professor

Room: POR/18.B-4.132

The main research project that I am currently engaged in concerns the origins of the early welfare state ‘avant la lettre’ at the turn of the 20th century across civil society and state spheres. While the concept of ’welfare state’ only became established after the Second World War, many of the principles that are associated with the concept were being established in the first half of the 20th century: Increasing levels of expenditure, universal access without means testing, a changed view of welfare recipients as not only individually responsible for their own situation, a professionalization of social workers, and a specialization of welfare initiatives. The period was, however, characterized by partnership between the state and private philanthropy, meaning that influence on various levels – social policy, the ideas guiding welfare initiatives, and the means and methods adopted in social work – was spread out across the civil society-state divide. It is the thesis of the project that a ‘moral elite’, consisting of medical doctors, priests, business men, and politicians and others, connected these different spheres and shaped central features of the developmental path toward the later welfare state. Using both quantitative (network analysis) and qualitative methods, the project aims to identify, describe, and trace the effects of this elite from ca. 1891 (first Danish pension reform) to ca. 1933 (social reform). The project is financed by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Primary research areas
  • Social and welfare history
  • Cultural history
  • Sociology of religion
  • Third sector research
  • Elite studies
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Anders Sevelsted / Degeneration, Protestantism, and Social Democracy : The Case of Alcoholism and “Illiberal” Policies and Practices in Denmark 1900–43.
In: Social Science History, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2019, p. 87-111
Journal article > peer review
Anders Sevelsted; Lasse Folke Henriksen / Markedet
In: Sociologiens problemer: En grundbog. . ed. /Anders Blok; Carsten Bagge Laustsen. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2019, p. 539-559
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Anders Sevelsted / Reformed Action and Lutheran Doxa – the Emergence of Voluntary Social Work in Late 19th Century Copenhagen
Abstract from Lumen Symposium, 2019
Conference abstract for conference
Anders Sevelsted / The Moral Elites : A Conceptual Approximation and Research Agenda.
Paper presented at 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association. ESA 2019, 2019
Anders Sevelsted / Translating Social Movements : Reformed Temperance in Lutheran Denmark (1890 ‐ 1930) .
Abstract from Movements and Morality, 2019
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Anders Sevelsted / Voluntarism and the Paradoxes of Deservingness
Paper presented at Paradoxes within the Management of Volunteers, 2019
Anders Sevelsted / Protestant Ethics-In-Action : The Emergence of Voluntary Social Work in Copenhagen 1865-1915.
In: European Journal of Sociology / Archives Europeennes de Sociologie, Vol. 59, No. 1, 4.2018, p. 121-149
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Anders Ludvig Sevelsted / Interpreting Bonds and Boundaries of Obligation : A Genealogy of the Emergence and Development of Protestant Voluntary Social Work in Denmark as Shown Through the Cases of the Copenhagen Home Mission and the Blue Cross (1850 – 1950).
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd] 2017, 271 p. (PhD series, No. 37.2017)
Ph.D. thesis
Anders Sevelsted / Discourses of Community : State and Civil Society Relations in the Case of Alcoholism and ‘Illiberal Policies’ in Denmark 1900–1938.
Paper presented at 41st Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, 2016
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Anders Sevelsted / En uhellig alliance? : Blå Kors’ redningshjem og det politiske medborgerskab 1933–1961.
Paper presented at Dansk Historikermøde 2016, 2016
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Part-time post-doctoral fellow at Lund University, 01.01.20-31.12.23