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Crisis, Miracles and Beyond : Negotiated Adaption of the Danish Welfare State.

Author: Erik Albæk; Leslie C Eliason; Asbjørn Sonne Nørgaard
Publisher: Santa Barbara : Aarhus University Press, 2008.
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How did Denmark avoid a macroeconomic catastrophe in the 1980s and 1990s and still manage not only to maintain but also expand its welfare state? Critics of the welfare state identified the vices behind Denmark's macroeconomic troubles as its enormous, thoroughly unionized, and unresponsive public sector combined with the large numbers of people who relied on the welfare state for their livelihood and thus made  Read more...
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Albæk, Erik.
Crisis, Miracles and Beyond : Negotiated Adaption of the Danish Welfare State.
Santa Barbara : Aarhus University Press, ©2008
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Albæk; Leslie C Eliason; Asbjørn Sonne Nørgaard
ISBN: 9788779346772 8779346774
OCLC Number: 817900051
Notes: Fiscal Aspects.
Description: 1 online resource (308 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Colophon; Preface; Contents; Introduction; Erik Albæk, Leslie C. Eliason, Asbjørn Sonne Nørgaard and Herman M. Schwartz; The focus of the book; The problem?; The Danish puzzles; The Chapters; References; 1keeping the bumblebee flying; Economic Policy in the Welfare State of Denmark, 1973-99; Peter Nannestad and Christoffer Green-Pedersen; Introduction; To the brink of the abyss ... : Social democratic economic policy 1973-82; Overall development; Strategies; 1974-76: (Keynesian) politics as usual; 1976-79: 'Demand twist' and incomes policy. 1979-82: Incomplete adjustment and the end of the Social Democratic eraInterpretation; ... and back: Non-socialist economic policy 1982-92; Overall development 1982-92; Strategies; The 'long tough haul' to resurrect the Danish economy: 1982-87; The years of fatigue and fumbling: 1987-92; Interpretation; Old or new Social Democratic economic policy? 1993 --
1999; Overall development 1993-99; Strategies; Interpretation; Conclusion; References; Appendix to Chapter 1; 2 Public support for the Danish Welfare State; Interests and Values, Institutions and Performance; Jørgen Goul Andersen; Introduction. Conditional support for the welfare stateBasic support for the welfare state: an overview; Top priorities: Health care, pensions and care for the elderly; Education and child care; Housing, unemployment benefits, and integration of immigrants; Other welfare areas; Provision of jobs and redistribution of income; Unusually high work commitment?; A note on fiscal illusions, demand overload and crisis awareness; Conclusions; Social variations; State employment, state dependence and polarization; Institutions, performance and discourse; Conclusions; References. 3the welfare state and the labor marketPer H. Jensen; Introduction; The historical framework; Passive policies; Labor Market Effectiveness Policies; Reintegrating Policies; Policies encouraging flows in and out of the labor market; Number of persons enrolled in programs; High benefit levels and labor market flexibility; The prelude to the labor market reforms in the 1990s; Recent changes in Danish labor market policies; Passive policies; Improving workforce effectiveness and reintegrating policies; Changes in policy remedies; Policies encouraging flows in and out of the labor market. ConclusionReferences; 4public expenditures; Is the Welfare State Manageable?; Peter Munk Christiansen; The political capacity to control welfare state expenses; Public spending trends in Denmark; The management of public expenditure; Total government expenses; Changes in priorities; Enhancing efficiency; Conclusion; References; 5small steps, big change?; Continuity and Change in The Danish Social Security System; Jon Kvist and Niels Ploug; Introduction; The emergence and development of the welfare state; The Basic Structure of Social Security; Organization; Provision; Financing.

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How did Denmark avoid a macroeconomic catastrophe in the 1980s and 1990s and still manage not only to maintain but also expand its welfare state? Critics of the welfare state identified the vices behind Denmark's macroeconomic troubles as its enormous, thoroughly unionized, and unresponsive public sector combined with the large numbers of people who relied on the welfare state for their livelihood and thus made programmatic cuts politically difficult. Taxes for this welfare state compressed investment, eroding both fiscal and current account balances. Yet by the mid-1990s, public support for t.

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