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Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective
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Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective

9781847209313 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Heikki Ervasti, Professor of Social Policy, University of Turku, Finland, Torben Fridberg, Senior Researcher, SFI – The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Denmark, Mikael Hjerm, Associate Professor of Sociology, Umeå University, Sweden and Kristen Ringdal, Professor of Sociology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Publication Date: 2008 ISBN: 978 1 84720 931 3 Extent: 296 pp
Providing highly rigorous and up-to-date data, with a wide coverage of topics, this book will be of great interest to academics and students in sociology, social policy and political science. It will also appeal to anyone interested in the Nordic countries in general.

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This book addresses the effect that institutional settings typical to the Nordic countries have upon people’s attitudes and behaviour. Placed within a European comparative perspective, the analyses presented by the contributing authors centre around issues relating to the welfare state, politics, family and work, as well as cultural concerns including economic morality and religiosity. Despite differences between the Nordic countries, the overall impression given is of a shared outlook and way of life. In the European context, the Nordic countries particularly stand out as a distinct group therefore demonstrating their institutional similarities.

Providing highly rigorous and up-to-date data, with a wide coverage of topics, this book will be of great interest to academics and students in sociology, social policy and political science. It will also appeal to anyone interested in the Nordic countries in general.
Critical Acclaim
‘For outsiders, the popularity and social sustainability of the extensive scope of Nordic welfare states, such as the strong role of the state and high levels of taxation, remains something of a mystery. Making use of recent international survey data, this important book goes some way towards solving this mystery. It underlines the remarkable success of Nordic welfare institutions which help to maintain not only low rates of poverty and inequality, but high levels of well-being, trust, social capital and
political participation.’
– Jochen Clasen, University of Edinburgh, UK

‘Nordic welfare states have long enjoyed a leadership position in the provision of social welfare. They are now caught up in the current of thorough-going reform that is sweeping across Europe. This book uses data from the European Social Survey in fresh and innovative ways to demonstrate the resilience of Nordic models and to show how political discourses are changing across a whole range of policy areas.’
– Peter Taylor-Gooby, University of Kent, UK
Contributors
Contributors: L. Berg, F. Berglund, T.A. Eikemo, H. Ervasti, T. Fridberg, M. Hjerm, O. Kangas, Ø. Kleven, O. Listhaug, A. Maastekaasa, M. Nordmark, K. Ringdal
Contents
Contents:

Foreword
Roger Jowell

1. The Nordic Model
Heikki Ervasti, Torben Fridberg, Mikael Hjerm, Olli Kangas and Kristen Ringdal

2. The Welfare State, Poverty and Social Exclusion
Torben Fridberg and Olli Kangas

3. Health and Happiness
Terje Andreas Eikemo, Arne Mastekaasa and Kristen Ringdal

4. Social Capital
Torben Fridberg and Olli Kangas

5. Who Should Decide? A Comparative Analysis of Multilevel Governance in Europe
Linda Berg and Mikael Hjerm

6. Political Activism
Frode Berglund, Øyvin Kleven and Kristen Ringdal

7. Trust in Political Institutions
Ola Listhaug and Kristen Ringdal

8. Disagreement About the Division of Work Among Couples in Europe: The Role of Gender Ideology and Labour Involvement
Mikael Nordenmark

9. Non-standard Employment and Job Quality
Heikki Ervasti

10. Attitudes Towards Immigrants
Heikki Ervasti, Torben Fridberg and Mikael Hjerm

11. Economic Morality
Kristen Ringdal

12. The Meaning and Implications of Religiosity
Heikki Ervasti

13. Conclusion: Nordic Uniqueness, Reality or Myth?
Heikki Ervasti, Torben Fridberg, Mikael Hjerm and Kristen Ringdal

Appendix: Data Source and Statistical Methods
Mikael Hjerm and Kristen Ringdal

Index

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