European Academy of Sociology - Fellows

Prof. Dr. Stein Ringen

University of Oxford
Green Templeton College
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Prof. Dr. Stein Ringen

Fellow of the European Academy of Sociology


Stein Ringen is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Policy and Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. He holds the degrees of dr. philos. at the University of Oslo, docent at the University of Stockholm, and doctor honoris causa at Masaryk University in Brno. He has held visiting professorships and fellowships in Berlin, Paris, Barbados, Prague, Brno, Sydney, Jerusalem, London and at Harvard University. He is a member of the GEMAS research centre of the CNRS and Université de Paris Sorbonne and is adjunct professor at Lillehammer University College in Norway. His research interests are in welfare theory, political philosophy, inequality, poverty and redistribution, family policy, comparative social policy, democracy and comparative government. His current research is on democratic quality and good government.

Recent books:

  • What Democracy Is For: On Freedom and Moral Government (Princeton 2006, also in Norwegian and Korean)
  • The Economic Consequences of Mr. Brown: How a Strong Government was Defeated by a Weak System of Governance (Oxford 2009)
  • The Liberal Vision and Other Essays on Democracy and Progress (Oxford 2007)
  • The Possibility of Politics (3rd ed. 2006) and Citizens, Families and Reform (2nd ed. 2005)
  • A co-authored book, The Korean State: A Social Policy Analysis, is forthcoming on Oxford University Press 2010.