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Changing Social EqualityThe Nordic Welfare Model in the 21st Century$
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Jon Kvist, Johan Fritzell, Bjorn Hvinden, and Olli Kangas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426604

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426604.001.0001

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Nordic responses to rising inequalities: still pursuing a distinct path or joining the rest?

Nordic responses to rising inequalities: still pursuing a distinct path or joining the rest?

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(p.201) Ten Nordic responses to rising inequalities: still pursuing a distinct path or joining the rest?
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Changing Social Equality
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Jon Kvist

Johan Fritzell

Bjørn Hvinden

Olli Kangas

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426604.003.0010

Whether the Nordic countries have stemmed the international tide of inequality better, worse or merely different from other Western countries is the question addressed in this final chapter. Applying the results of the analysis in the previous chapters, this chapter prepares trends across different aspects of inequality and the Nordic welfare model. The findings point towards a complex transformation of the Nordic welfare model. The overall aim of motivating individuals and helping them find work, form families and excel in society may be intact. However, the mix of policies has become ambiguous in relation to the aims of promoting individuals' agency and protecting their level of living outside work. At the same time, rewarding employment is becoming more dominant.

Keywords:   Nordic welfare model, social inequalities, dualisation, welfare state change

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