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Northern Lights

Andrew Scott


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PUBLISHED: 15th November 2014
ISBN: 9781921867927
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written from an Australian perspective, explores previous outside policy interest in the Nordic nations and shows the lessons which the English-speaking world, in particular, can learn now from the achievements of the four main Nordic European nations. Scott at Deakin
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  • Paperback
    $61.14
PUBLISHED: 15th November 2014
ISBN: 9781921867927
ANNOTATION:
written from an Australian perspective, explores previous outside policy interest in the Nordic nations and shows the lessons which the English-speaking world, in particular, can learn now from the achievements of the four main Nordic European nations. Scott at Deakin

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written from an Australian perspective, explores previous outside policy interest in the Nordic nations and shows the lessons which the English-speaking world, in particular, can learn now from the achievements of the four main Nordic European nations. Scott at Deakin

Publisher Description

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 peoples employment lives. Norway's taxation approach ensures that natural resources are used sustainably for the entire nations 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.

Author Biography

Dr Andrew Scott is Associate Professor in Politics and Policy at Deakin University, Melbourne. He is the author of four previous books and numerous book chapters and articles on aspects of politics, policy and history; frequently involving international comparisons. For several years Andrew has been researching English-speaking nations past interest in and achievable lessons which they can learn and apply today from the policy achievements of the Nordic European nations.

Review

This brilliant book, written in a journalistic style, is one of the most engaging books on economic and social policy I have read. It is rare and positive for an academic writer to write in such an understandable way for a general audience. -- Susan Cahill, Presenter and Producer, Talking Books, Newstalk FM Radio, Dublin, Ireland

Product Details

Publisher
Monash University Publishing
Year
2014
ISBN-10
1921867922
ISBN-13
9781921867927
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
Australia
Subtitle
The Positive Policy Example of Sweden, Finland, Denmark & Norway
Media
Book
Short Title
NORTHERN LIGHTS
Series
Public Policy
Language
English
Pages
224
Publication Date
2014-11-01
Author
Andrew Scott