Keynote speakers

Professor Sven Steinmo (European University Institute)

Sven Steinmo is Chair in Public Policy and Political Economy at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He began his teaching career at the University of Colorado in 1987 and was a visiting Professor at several institutes including the University of Tokyo; the Max Planck Institute, and l’institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po). He recently received the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for five years in support of his research combining experimental methods and Historical Institutionalism.

Drawing from research and his recently published book The Evolution of Modern States (for which he was awarded the 2011 Gunnar Myrdal Prize for the most important contribution in the field by the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy), professor Steinmo will address how globalization and other events have affected countries in the way in which they evolved. In addition, he will show how we can understand how these countries respond to these (globalization) pressures.

Professor Emeritus Theodore R. Marmor (Yale University)

Theodore R. Marmor taught for three decades in three units: the School of Management, the Department of Political Science, and the Law School. He has been a visiting Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the School of Management at McGill, and the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris as well as holding visiting fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Netherlands and All Souls College, Oxford.

Marmor was educated at Harvard University (B.A. and PhD) and was a graduate fellow at Wadham College, Oxford. From 1992 to 2003 he was the Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s post-doctoral program in health policy, and in 2001 the Foundation also awarded him an Investigator Award in Health Policy.

Professor Marmor is primarily a scholar of the modern welfare state, with special emphasis on health and pension issues.  The author (or co-author) of thirteen books, he has published over 200 articles in a wide range of scholarly journals. His opinion essays have appeared in major US newspapers. His best known other works include Understanding Health Care Reform (Yale Press, 1994), Why Are Some People Healthy and Others Not? (Aldine de Gruyter, 1994), and America’s Misunderstood Welfare State (Basic Books, 1992) co-authored with Yale colleagues Mashaw and Harvey. In 2005, the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis chose his jointly authored article “Comparative Perspectives and Policy Learning in the World of Health Care” with Freeman and Okma as its best article of the year. Yale University Press  published his co-edited book Comparative Studies and the Politics of Modern Medical Care (2009) and Politics, Health and Health care: Selected Essays (2012) co-authored with Klein.

He has been a member of President Carter’s Commission on the 1980s Agenda and a senior social policy advisor to Walter Mondale in the Presidential campaign of 1984. He has testified before Congress about medical care reform, social security, and welfare issues and has been a consultant to governmental and non-profit agencies as well as private firms.  He has served recently as an expert witness in cases involving asbestos liability, pharmaceutical pricing fraud cases, and health financing controversies. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Social Insurance and since 2009 a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.  He now divides his time among executive teaching, trial testimony as an expert, and public speaking and writing.