Social and Behavioral Sciences
Iversen's early investigations explain how party government, economic interest groups, and central banks jointly affect inflation, employment, and growth. He is best known for his social policy theory, Welfare Production Regimes, and its extension to gender relations and family structures (with Frances Rosenbluth). He published influential articles on the political economy of electoral systems and their consequences for inequality (notably with his long-time collaborator, David Soskice). Iversen is one of the central scholars of his generation in macro-comparative political economy of advanced capitalism. His work impresses because of its theoretical richness, technical modeling of the implied actor strategies, and sophistication of empirical econometric analysis.