Hans Henrik Hjemitslev will provide a glimpse on the history, function and identity of the Danish welfare professions. The presentation will focus
on the development of the professional identities of public officers working in the social, educational and health sectors of the welfare state and how the establishment of this class of welfare professionals was closely connected to the building of the Danish welfare state after World War II. The identities and ethical values of the professions is associated with ideas of liberal democracy and human rights. However, since the 1980s the welfare professions have been challenged by the principles of new public management and the agenda of the so-called competitive state. Empirically, Hans focuses on Denmark while making a parallel with the history of most welfare states around the globe.
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