Social democracy in northern Europe: Its relevance for Australia

Scott, A 2006, 'Social democracy in northern Europe: Its relevance for Australia', Australian Review of Public Affairs, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 1-17.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Social democracy in northern Europe: Its relevance for Australia
Author(s) Scott, A
Year 2006
Journal name Australian Review of Public Affairs
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher University of Sydney, School of Economics and Political Science
Abstract Social democrats in English-speaking countries have frequently looked to Sweden and its neighbours as offering a policy model that combines economic prosperity with social equality. In recent decades this admiration has dissipated due to a sense that comprehensive welfare provision in the Nordic nations is in retreat and that policy options for small states have been reduced by `globalisation¿. Yet there remains strong evidence of economic and social achievement in various northern European nations, maintained by policies which continue to be more recognisably social democratic than elsewhere. This article examines Australian policy interest in Scandinavia, especially the 1986 union mission that produced the report, Australia Reconstructed. The article situates that mission in the history of interest in the Swedish model in the wider English-speaking world, with the aim of exploring the extent to which social democracy in the north of Europe remains intact and relevant.
Subject Social Policy
Keyword(s) social democracy
Swedish model
economic prosperity
social equality
Australian policy
1986 union mission
Australia Reconstructed
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