A Nordic Welfare State in Post-industrial Society

  • Jorma Sipilä
  • Anneli Anttonen
  • Teppo Kröger

Transition from industrial to post-industrial societies has fundamentally challenged social policy arrangements of Western welfare states. The concept of welfare state offers broader social protection, growing consumption, family wages, strong labor unions, better public services, and a state apparatus that was able to control the national economy. To use the slogan introduced by Berman (1982) a post-industrial society refers to a social landscape where ‘all that is solid melts into air.’ In particular, the state is no more able (or willing) to protect citizens against new social risks. In this article, our aim is to study the transition to post-industrial societies by paying attention to the globalization of the economy and the aging of the population. Due to deep ongoing social and economic changes, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain a Nordic welfare state model based on the principle of universalism.


Welfare State Informal Care Nordic Country Social Investment Social Expenditure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Work Research, University of Tampere (until July 31, 2009); Institute for social researchUniversity of TampereTampereFinland
  2. 2.Department of Social ResearchUniversity of TampereTampereFinland
  3. 3.Department of Social Sciences and PhilosophyUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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