Normative Foundations of the Welfare State: The Nordic experience
Title: Normative Foundations of the Welfare State: The Nordic experience
Publisher: London, Routledge
Citation: London, Routledge, 2005, Routledge/EUI studies in the political economy of welfare, 7
This is a sharp analysis of the unique Nordic welfare system with urgent lessons for governments and societies across the globe. Welfare programs and institutions tend to be analyzed as instrumental arrangements, overlooking the fact that welfare programs are essentially expressions of moral conceptions and values. This book recognises this distinction and offers analyses, perspectives and interpretations of the normative foundation of the 'Nordic welfare state model'. These authors examine the main normative principles in this model, exploring their origins and the relationship between them. Paying particular attention to the principles of 'universalism', 'public responsibility for welfare', and 'work for all', they consider their significance for current welfare policy and question whether external economic and ideological pressures are threatening these principles. The book is divided into three clear parts: *Part I considers the historical trajectories behind the Nordic welfare model *Part II looks more specifically on normative tensions and dilemmas in current welfare policies with a focus on women friendly welfare, attitudes to basic income and alcohol and drug misuse *Part III focuses on the possible change in the normative foundation of the Nordic welfare states This book will be essential reading for researchers and students of the welfare state and also to those in the fields of social policy, comparative politics and political economy.
Table of Contents:
--List of figures --List of tables --List of contributors --Preface --1 Introduction / NANNA KILDAL AND STEIN KUHNLE. --PART I Normative foundations: historical perspectives --2 The Nordic welfare model and the idea of universalism / NANNA KILDAL AND STEIN KUHNLE --3 The normative foundations of the Scandinavian welfare states in historical perspective / BO STRATH --4 The origin, development, consolidation and transformation of the Danish welfare state / LARS BO KASPERSEN --5 Nordic social politics in the late twentieth century: an analysis of the political reform agenda / ANDERS NORDLUND. --PART II Normative tensions --6 The women-friendly welfare states revisited / BIRTE SIIM AND ANETTE BORCHORST --7 Universalism in the age of workfare: attitudes to basic income in Sweden and Finland / JAN OTTO ANDERSSON AND OLLI E. KANGAS --8 Universalism under re-construction: from administrative coercion to professional subordination of substance misusers /OLAVI KAUKONEN AND KERSTIN STENIUS --9 After equality? Normative innovations from Lindbeck to Svegfors - towards a dynamic conservatism? / SVEN E.O. HORT --PART III Towards a paradigm shift? --10 Changing normative bases of the Nordic welfare state? The case of pension provision in Norway / RUNE ERVIK --11 Paradigm drift in the Swedish welfare state / MARCUS CARSON --12 Normative foundations of the Icelandic welfare state: on the gradual erosion of citizenship-based welfare rights / STEFAN OLAFSSON --13 Welfare as if deliberative democracy mattered / JORN LOFTAGER --Index.