Modern Welfare States: Scandinavian Politics and Policy in the Global Age

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - 403 pages
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Einhorn and Logue analyze the political, economic, and social challenges facing five small, affluent, and advanced industrial democracies in Scandinavia: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Updated and expanded from its successful predecessor, this edition emphasizes how global and European developments have affected democratic policymaking in areas such as:

- Social welfare policy

- Employment policy

- Labor relations

- Economic policy

- Social change

A comprehensive yet accessible survey of political history, governmental institutions, policymaking, political parties, interest groups, political culture, and foreign relations is also included. The comparative and interdisciplinary focus makes this a stimulating source of ideas for anyone interested in democracy and social justice in the global era.

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Contents

Still the Social Laboratory?
3
The Perils of Success
15
Is There a Scandinavian Democratic Model?
37
Institutions of Democracy
53
Parties Voters Interest Groups
93
The Politics of Solidarity
147
Policy in an Interdependent World
163
The Social Welfare State
191
Managing the Market Economy
219
From Industrial Conflict to Workplace Democracy
259
Scandinavian Welfare States and Their Critics
305
The Future of the Scandinavian Model
325
References
379
Index
395
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Page 40 - And we define: the democratic method is that institutional arrangement for arriving at political decisions in which individuals acquire the power to decide by means of a competitive struggle for the people's vote.
Page ix - With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, our security environment has undergone profound transformation.
Page 326 - Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
Page 213 - Citizenship requires a bond of a different kind, a direct sense of community membership based on loyalty to a civilization which is a common possession.
Page 91 - ... and manifestly has either himself shown or incited others to disobedience to the laws, contempt of religion or morality or the constitutional powers, or resistance to their orders, or has advanced false and defamatory accusations against any other person. Every one shall be free to speak his mind frankly on the administration of the State or on any other subject whatsoever.
Page 12 - With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union...
Page 63 - The personal, economic and cultural welfare of the individual shall be fundamental aims of the activities of the community. In particular, it shall be incumbent on the community to secure the right to work, to housing and to education and to promote social care and security as well as a favorable living environment.28 Continental lawyers call such rights "programmatic...
Page 104 - Sweden all the parties of the economic process have realized that the most important economic task is to make the national cake grow bigger and bigger, because then everyone can satisfy his demanding stomach with a greater piece of that common cake. When instead, there is strong fighting between the classes in that society, we believe that the cake will often crumble or be destroyed in the fight, and because of this everyone loses.
Page 91 - There shall be liberty of the press. No person must be punished for any writing, whatever its contents may be, which he has caused to be printed or published, unless he wilfully and manifestly has either himself shown or incited others to disobedience to the laws, contempt of religion or morality or the constitutional powers, or resistance to their orders, or has advanced false and defamatory accusations against any other person.
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About the author (2003)

ERIC S. EINHORN is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

JOHN LOGUE is Professor of Political Science at Kent State University.

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