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New Risks—Are They Still New for the Nordic Welfare States?

Virpi Timonen

in New Risks, New Welfare

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199267262
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602023 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019926726X.003.0004
New Risks—Are They Still New for the Nordic Welfare States?

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Nordic welfare states led the way in consolidating new social risk provision through welfare state social care and active labour market policies some two decades ago. Current provision has successfully resisted threats from the instabilities associated with the end of the Soviet system and globalisation. Key questions now are (1) will it be possible to integrate new poor groups such as migrants and refugees into the system?, and (2) will better‐off groups continue to support the levels of taxation necessary to provide high standards in collective benefits and services?

Keywords: active labour market; childcare; Nordic countries; pensions; people's home; politics; reform; retrenchment; Scandinavia; social policy; social risks; unemployment; welfare state; work

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Subjects: Political Economy

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