Research team:
Hilmar Rommevtedt, IRIS, project manager
Nils Asle Bergsgaard, IRIS/Telemark University College
Svein Ingve Nødland, IRIS
Gunnar Thesen, IRIS/UiS
Andreas N.Uhre, IRIS
Anders Vassenden, IRIS/UiS
Gunn Vedøy, IRIS


Project period
2014 - 2017


Earlier related publications

The Norwegian welfare state and civil associations

The aim of the study named "Pluralisation, the welfare state and civil associations", is to provide a better understanding of the significance of civil associations for the development of the Norwegian welfare state.

In an era of diversity, the expansive and universalistic Norwegian welfare state faces new challenges. In this situation, a growing variety of civil associations is highly important. On the one hand, they articulate more diverse interests and may consequently put more pressure on the welfare state. On the other hand, they may contribute to the solution of welfare problems by giving new inputs to the development of public policies, by improving the implementation of policies, and by providing self-initiated welfare services. The growing number and variety of civil associations thus has implications for the future of the welfare state. In this project, we will study how these associations relate to issues of social welfare in the present pluralist situation.

'Innovation or standardisation within welfare services?'' focuses on the changing relations and interface between the civil and public sectors when it comes to production of welfare services.

'Migrants, civil associations, religion and the welfare state' focuses on how migrant/religious associations relate to welfare, as service providers and/or by giving input to policy-making.

'Organised interests and welfare policy in a pluralised society' focuses on how the associations of civil society and public authorities face the need for new ways of interaction and intermediation in the process of developing and implementing welfare policies in an increasingly diverse society.

'Comparative perspectives on the role of civil associations in the Norwegian welfare state' takes the findings from Norway and discuss these in relation to the development in Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, and UK.

The project combines qualitative and quantitative methods. It involves international partners. Sociology, political science, organisation theory, economy and theology/religious studies constitute the multidisciplinary researcher group.