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; Jacob Lunding / Kampen om klassifikationerne : Økonomernes virke i den moralske elite.
In: Slagmark, No. 84, 2022, p. 83-110
Journal article > peer review
Anders Sevelsted / Lutheran Doxa and Reformed Action : Interconfessional Influences on Voluntary Social Work in Late Nineteenth-century Copenhagen.
In: Lutheranism and Social Responsibility. ed. /Nina J. Koefoed; Andrew G. Newby. Göttingen : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2022, p. 211-232 (Refo500 Academic Studies (R5AS), Vol. 082)
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Anders Sevelsted / Moral Elites and the De-Paradoxification of Danish Social Policy between Civil Society and State (1849–2022)
In: VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 10.8.2022
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Anders Sevelsted / Christianity, State, and Voluntarism : Protestant Processes of Privatization and Deprivatization.
In: Civil Society: Between Concepts and Empirical Grounds. . ed. /Liv Egholm; Lars Bo Kaspersen. Abingdon : Routledge 2021, p. 98-111 (Routledge Advances in Sociology)
Book chapter > peer review
Håkan Johansson; Anders Sevelsted / Exploring Civil Society Elites : Mechanisms, Positions, Resources, and Strategies.
Paper presented at 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021, 2021
Paper > peer review
Anders Sevelsted / From Awkwardness to Action Christian Voluntarism in Denmark Beyond the Sector Model of Civil Society
In: International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 34, No. 2, 6.2021, p. 191-215
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Anders Sevelsted / From Challengers to Elites : Exploring the Notion of Civil Society Elites .
Paper presented at ECPR Joint Sessions Virtual Event 2021, 2021
Anders Sevelsted / Pillarism Reconsidered : 110 Years of Civial Society Embeddedness in Danish Elite Networks .
Paper presented at 26th World Congress of Political Science 2021, 2021
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Lars Bo Kaspersen; Anders Sevelsted / The "Long History" of Civil Society in Denmark and Western Europe : Civil Society – in the Shadow of the State (Eighteenth to the Twenty-first Century).
In: Civil Society: Between Concepts and Empirical Grounds. . ed. /Liv Egholm; Lars Bo Kaspersen. Abingdon : Routledge 2021, p. 48-69 (Routledge Advances in Sociology)
Book chapter > peer review
Christoph Ellersgaard; Jacob Aagaard Lunding; Anders Sevelsted / The Historical Danish Civil Society Elite : Prosopography and Integration (1910 – Present).
Paper presented at ECPR Joint Sessions Virtual Event 2021, 2021
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Part-time post-doctoral fellow at Lund University, 01.01.20-31.12.23