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Nordic Welfare – a DIY Guide – Notes and Audio



Nordic Welfare Final (2)

Nordic Welfare Events Poster

This was the Nordic Horizons event that promised;

 “From the land of Lego and fairytales we bring you the building blocks to create your own welfare systems. What is it about the Nordic welfare model that makes it stand apart and achieve both economic and social goals?”

 Prof Jon Kvist has not only posed the question – he  answered it in some style. You can download a copy of his presentation here.

Jon gave an outstanding exposition of the Danish Welfare system and “Honorary” Scot Jochen Clasen, Professor of Comparative Social Policy at Edinburgh University  responded to many of the points made. We made a full recording of the presentation and the response. There is a brief introduction from the Chair, Lesley Riddoch , a welcome from John Park MSP and Jon Kvist begins at about 7.30  – this whole session duration is just over 55 minutes ( accordingly the file size is 40 mb approx ) You can download the Nordic Welfare Podcast – Jon Kvist and Jochen Clasen here.


Following the presentation which examined ‘Social Investment Policies’, there was an opportunity to ask questions and explore some of the issues raised. This section of the recording is more variable as it captures the questions and answers in the sequence they were posed and the room in which they were recorded. This recording is just under 1 hour in length and it is just over 41 mb to download. You can download the Nordic Welfare Q and A Session Podcast here.


Addditionally, Lesley Riddoch produced a short podcast which offered her summary of the event and it is available here.

Biographical note:

Jon Kvist is on the board of the Norwegian Welfare Research Programme, Professor at the Centre for Welfare State Research, University of Southern Denmark, and was Professor before that at the Danish Institute for Social Research.  He’s a popular teacher and often used as expert in Danish media and has directed numerous international research networks and projects on social and labour market policies. He has published widely, including Changing Social Equality: The Nordic welfare model in the 21st century (Policy Press, 2012).







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