The Current Nordic Welfare State Model

Noralv Veggeland (Editor)
Lillehammer University College, Norway

Series: European Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL058000



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The Nordic Social Welfare State Model has its intellectual roots in the depression of the 1930s, but was formed in the 1950s and got its name in the 1970s. Following the traditional model, it has recently become popular as a basic concept for shaping future approaches to European and US social politics. Challenging the Anglo-Saxon models, the Nordic model’s framework is regarded as a path that could be adjusted and followed. In the context of this model, this engaging and comprehensive book presents a comparative discussion of developments and innovations. The authors provide extensive examples of contemporary shifting pressure from external environments, showing how the model through the years is becoming modified without losing power due to its emphasis on social equality, solid pension arrangements, universal health care and active labor market policy. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. The Narrative of the Nordic Welfare State Model
Noralv Veggeland (Professor in Public Policy, Department of Economics and Organization Science, Lillehammer University College, Norway)

Chapter 2. The Social Democratic Welfare Model: A Child of Times Past
Jan-Evert Nilsson (Professor, Head of master programme in European Spatial Planning and Regional Development, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Chapter 3. Waning Light? Civil Society, Interest Groups, and Public Policies in the Nordic Countries
Peter Munk Christiansen (Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark)

Chapter 4. Administrative Traditions and the Patterns of Health Reforms in Scandinavia
Tor Helge Pedersen (Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Department of Economics and Organization Science, Lillehammer University College, Norway)

Chapter 5. The Clash Between Market and Welfare State Models: Europeanization of Nordic Health Systems
Martin Stangborli Time (Research Fellow, Department of Political Science and Management, University of Agder, Norway) and Frode Veggeland (Professor, Department of Health Management and Health Economics, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

Chapter 6. The Role of Welfare Technology in the Nordic Welfare State
Dennis C. Søndergård (Senior Advisor, Nordic Center for Welfare and Social Issues, Stockholm, Sweden)

Chapter 7. The Nordic Model of Local Government: into the Neo-Liberal Age
Jon Helge Lesjø (Professor of Sociology, Dr. Dept. of Economics and Organization Science, Lillehammer University College, Norway)

Chapter 8. Migration as a Challenge to the Nordic Welfare States
Anne Skevik Grødem (Senior Researcher, Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway)

Chapter 9. Is the Nordic Welfare Model Politically Stable?
Juhana Vartiainen (Professor of Economy, University of Helsinki, Member of Parliament, Finland)

Chapter 10. The Urban Nordic? Settlement and Demographic Changes in the 21st Century
Ryan Weber and Julien Grunfelder (GIS Expert, Research Fellow, Nordregio – Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, Stockholm, Sweden)


Scandinavian Studies - Christine Ingebritsen, University of Washington, USA

"An interesting collection of ten chapters that analyze the current state of the Nordic welfare states with some historical background. The study is timely given policy challenges facing the region as well as other post-industrial societies. The chapters emphasize changing policy priorities in the wake of recent political and economic developments. There is also a focus on administrative as well as organizational sources of Nordic public policies. Issues such as globalization, immigration, partisan changes are treated in most of the chapters. There is also attention to trends like neo-liberalism, New Public Management, planning and the consequences of European Union membership and the Great Recession.

In addition to its political focus on the Nordic region, readers will gain useful insights into policy innovations in areas such as health care, regional government, urban and regional planning, and welfare technology. As the authors explain, the Nordic model has changed significantly over the past 40 years but still contain useful examples for other countries." - Eric S. Einhorn, Prof. Emeritus Political Science, Adj. Prof. of Scandinavian Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

A fascinating read for students and scholars of economic and social policy and European and Scandinavian studies. The book will also be of greatest interest to civil servants, politicians and other policymakers across the world.

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