Asbjørn Wahl is adviser at the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees and director of the broad Campaign for the Welfare State in Norway. He serves as Vice President of the Road Transport Workers’ Section of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Chair of the ITF Working Group on Climate Change. He is also a member of the coordinating committee of Forum Social Europe, which is an informal network for progressive trade unionists in Europe and active in the Labour and Globalisation network. Trained in history and sociology, he has published a number of articles on politics, social and labour questions in magazines and books both in Norway and internationally. His most recent publication is The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State (Pluto Press, London, November 2011).