Institut for Ledelse, Politik og Filosofi


Kontor: 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. 


Primære forskningsområder
  • Social and welfare history
  • Cultural history
  • Sociology of religion
  • Third sector research
  • Elite studies
Curriculum Vitae
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Publikationer sorteret efter:
Anders Sevelsted / Christianity, State, and Voluntarism : Protestant Processes of Privatization and Deprivatization.
I: Civil Society: Between Concepts and Empirical Grounds. . red. /Liv Egholm; Lars Bo Kaspersen. Abingdon : Routledge 2021, s. 98-111 (Routledge Advances in Sociology)
Bidrag til bog/antologi > peer review
Anders Sevelsted / From Awkwardness to Action Christian Voluntarism in Denmark Beyond the Sector Model of Civil Society
I: International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 34, Nr. 2, 6.2021, s. 191-215
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
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).
I: Civil Society: Between Concepts and Empirical Grounds. . red. /Liv Egholm; Lars Bo Kaspersen. Abingdon : Routledge 2021, s. 48-69 (Routledge Advances in Sociology)
Bidrag til bog/antologi > peer review
Liv Egholm; Anders Sevelsted / Amerikansk pragmatisme
I: Klassisk og moderne samfundsteori I. red. /Heine Andersen; Lars Bo Kaspersen. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2020, s. 183-205
Bidrag til bog/antologi
Anders Sevelsted / Voluntarism : Promises of Proximity as Articulated by Changing Moral Elites.
I: Contributions to the History of Concepts, Vol. 15, Nr. 2, 12.2020, s. 80–104
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Anders Sevelsted / Degeneration, Protestantism, and Social Democracy : The Case of Alcoholism and “Illiberal” Policies and Practices in Denmark 1900–43.
I: Social Science History, Vol. 43, Nr. 1, 2019, s. 87-111
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Anders Sevelsted; Lasse Folke Henriksen / Markedet
I: Sociologiens problemer: En grundbog. . red. /Anders Blok; Carsten Bagge Laustsen. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2019, s. 539-559
Bidrag til bog/antologi > peer review
Anders Sevelsted / Reformed Action and Lutheran Doxa – the Emergence of Voluntary Social Work in Late 19th Century Copenhagen
Abstract from Lumen Symposium, 2019
Konferenceabstrakt til konference
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
Konferenceabstrakt til konference > peer review
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Part-time post-doctoral fellow at Lund University, 01.01.20-31.12.23