The Nordic countries have been able to raise living standards and curb inequalities without compromising economic growth. But with social inequalities on the rise how do they fare when compared to countries with alternative welfare models, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany?
Taking a comparative perspective, this book casts new light on the changing inequalities in Europe. It will be invaluable for students and policy makers interested in European social policy and living conditions.
"This impressive volume by leading Nordic researchers on how their much-vaunted welfare model has coped with recent external and internal pressures is a fascinating read for anyone interested in equality or wellbeing." Brian Nolan, Professor of Public Policy, University College Dublin, Ireland
Jon Kvist is Professor of Comparative Social Policy at the University of Southern Denmark.
Johan Fritzell is Professor of Sociology at CHESS, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies, Sweden.
Bjørn Hvinden is Professor and Head of Research at the NOVA Institute, Oslo.
Olli Kangas is Professor and Research Director at Kela - the Social Insurance Institution of Finland.
Equality and the Nordic welfare model: principles, pressures and perspectives ~ Jon Kvist, Johan Fritzell, Bjørn Hvinden and Olli Kangas; Anti-immigration attitudes, support for redistribution, and party choice in Europe ~ Henning Finseraas; Do we all (dis)like the same welfare state? Configurations of public support for the welfare state in comparative perspective ~ Mads Meier Jæger; Eroding minimum income protection in the Nordic countries ~ Susan Kuivalainen and Kenneth Nelson; Equality in the social service state: Nordic childcare models in comparative perspective ~ Gabrielle Meagher and Marta Szebehely; Welfare State Institutions, Unemployment and Poverty: Comparative study on changes in labour market and income status in 15 European countries ~ M. Azhar Hussain, Olli Kangas & Jon Kvist; Social inequalities in health: The Nordic welfare state in comparative context ~ Clare Bambra; Income inequality and poverty: do the Nordic countries still constitute a family of their own? ~ Johan Fritzell, Olof Bäckman and Veli-Matti Ritakallio; Does immigration challenge the economic sustainability of the Nordic welfare model? ~ Christer Gerdes and Eskil Wadensjö; Nordic responses to rising inequalities ~ Jon Kvist, Bjørn Hvinden and Olli Kangas.