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The Changing Meanings of the Welfare State
Histories of a Key Concept in the Nordic Countries
Edited by Nils Edling
352 pages, 19 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-124-6 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Published (January 2019)
eISBN 978-1-78920-125-3 eBook
“The Changing Meanings of the Welfare State fills an important gap in the social policy language literature of recent years. It makes for enjoyable and informative reading.” • Sven Hort, Linnaeus University
“With its impressive conceptual and thematic coherence, this book will become an excellent ‘encyclopedic’ contribution to the field.” • Johannes Lindvall, Lund University
In discussions of economics, governance, and society in the Nordic countries, “the welfare state” is a well-worn analytical concept. However, there has been much less scholarly energy devoted to historicizing this idea beyond its postwar emergence. In this volume, specialists from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland chronicle the historical trajectory of “the welfare state,” tracing the variable ways in which it has been interpreted, valued, and challenged over time. Each case study generates valuable historical insights into not only the history of Northern Europe, but also the welfare state itself as both a phenomenon and a concept.
Nils Edling is a lecturer and researcher in the History department at Stockholm University. His current research is on the conceptual history of the Swedish welfare state. He has previously studied the emergence of unemployment as a social problem in Denmark, Norway and Sweden and he has been active in different Nordic welfare history research networks since the 1990s.
Subject: Economic History 20th Century History Political Economy
Area: Northern Europe
List of Figures
Chapter 1. Multiple Welfare States – Histories of a Keyword
Chapter 2. The Languages of Welfare in Sweden
Chapter 3. The Concept of ‘Welfare State’ in Danish Public and Political Debates|
Jørn Henrik Petersen and Klaus Petersen
Chapter 4. The Winding Road of the Norwegian ‘Welfare State’
Chapter 5. The Conceptual History of Welfare State in Finland
Chapter 6. The Evolving Concept of the Welfare State in Icelandic Politics
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