Later today, the proud editors and contributors will be presenting vol. 2 of Dansk Velfærdshistorie covering the period from the introduction of parliamentarism in 1901 to the Kanslergade Agreement of 1933. My share in the project is a chapter about the introduction and development of unemployment insurance and labour exchanges – a subject which then as now raised considerable political controversies. The presentation is taking place at the old Svendborg Poor House which now houses the Museum of Poor Relief.
Volume 1 of “Dansk Velfærdshistorie” (which probably translates into “The History of Danish Welfare Policy”) hit the streets some weeks ago. In the coming four years it will be followed by five further volumes taking the story to around 2010. I contribute with chapters about unemployment insurance and employment policy in vols. 2-6.