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

Jon Kvist, Johan Fritzell, Bjørn Hvinden and Olli Kangas

in Changing Social Equality

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426604
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305583 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426604.003.0010
Nordic responses to rising inequalities: still pursuing a distinct path or joining the rest?

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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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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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