I am currently Professor (mso) at the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. I was previously employed at the University of Bremen in Germany. My main research interest is in the politics and political economy of the welfare state, always from a comparative perspective. This includes research on welfare state cutbacks (Radical Welfare State Retrenchment, Palgrave Macmillan, my 2007 book on reform politics in New Zealand and other countries), the impact of globalization (the co-authored Transformations of the Welfare State: Small States, Big Lessons, Oxford University Press, 2010) and the response of OECD welfare states to economic crisis (The Welfare State as Crisis Manager, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, with A. Kaasch and F. van Hooren). Most recently, I have co-edited Warfare and Welfare (Oxford University Press, 2018) about the impact of war on welfare state development. I have published on these and related topics in a range of peer-reviewed journals.