Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
A Leap in the Dark. From a Large Actor to a Large Approach: The Joint Committee of the Nordic Social Democratic Labour Movement and the Crisis of the Nordic Model.
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the Nordic Social
Democratic parties’ own efforts to manage the inner and outer challenges of
the so-called Nordic welfare model. The relationship between what Social
Democracy does and the shaping of the welfare state seems, quite simply, no
longer as direct and unproblematic. How should their political endeavours
be understood if they can no longer unquestioningly be described as an
expression of a movement that builds, refines, or defends tooth and nail a
welfare model of a particular Nordic type? How have the Nordic Social
Democrats legitimised their actions in recent decades? What role has the
notion of a Nordic model played in the change or transformation process
that has taken place?
In practice, the answers to these questions
depend on developments in the national parties. Social Democracy in the
Nordic countries is not a uniform subject. Although there are many common
features, Nordic Social Democrats have always worked under varied
conditions, sought different paths toward reform, entered into different
coalitions, and faced different problems. There is, however, a common
denominator for a more general line of reasoning to be found in discussions
of the future of the Nordic model that began in the late 1970s within the
Joint Committee of the Nordic Social Democratic Labour Movement
(Arbetarrörelsens nordiska samarbetskommitté, SAMAK). This paper will focus
on the activities of this Nordic co-operative body.
Keywords: Nordic Social Democratic Labour Movement; Nordic Model; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I38; (follow links to similar papers)
34 pages, June 2005
ISSN 1652-120X ISBN 91-89655-72-9
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