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Northern Lights: the positive policy example of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway

Scott, Andrew 2014, Northern Lights: the positive policy example of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway, Monash University Publishing, Clayton, Victoria.

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Title Northern Lights: the positive policy example of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway
Author(s) Scott, Andrew
Publication date 2014
Total pages 205
Publisher Monash University Publishing
Place of Publication Clayton, Victoria
Keyword(s) Political Science
comparative government
Scandinavia - Economic conditions
Australian - Economic conditions.
Scandinavia - Environmental conditions
Australian - Environmental conditions
Scandinavia - Social policy
Australian - Social policy
Summary The nations of Scandinavia and Finland, or Nordic Europe, continue to provide living proof that economic prosperity can be combined with social equality and environmental responsibility. This book, written from an Australian perspective, explores previous outside policy interest in the Nordic nations and outlines some lessons which the English-speaking world, in particular, can learn now from the achievements of the four main Nordic European nations. In terms of income distribution these countries are still much more equal than Australia, Britain, New Zealand and Canada – and nearly twice as equal as the United States. Workforce participation rates are high in the Nordic nations but working hours remain within reasonable limits, enabling genuine work–life balance. Sweden has played a leading role in improving wellbeing, and lowering poverty, among children. Finland has achieved stunning success in schools since the 1990s. Denmark invests in comprehensive skills training as part of providing security, as well as flexibility, in people’s employment lives. Norway’s taxation approach and other measures ensure that its natural resources are used sustainably for the entire nation’s long-term wealth. All of these achievements are relevant to the policy choices for the future which Australia, and other English-speaking countries, can now make.
ISBN 1921867922
Language eng
Field of Research 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
ERA Research output type A Book
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