Trust, Social Capital and the Scandinavian Welfare State - Explaining the Flight of the Bumblebee

Gert Tinggaard Svendsen og hans bror Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen forklarer, hvordan det lykkes Danmark at have et af verdens bedste velfærdssamfund til trods for høje skatter og sociale ydelser, som giver rige muligheder for at læne sig tilbage og køre på frihjul.

17.03.2016 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

Denmark exemplifies the puzzle of socio-economic success in Scandinavia. Populations are thriving despite the world’s highest levels of tax and generous social benefits. Denmark would appear to be a land of paradise for free-riders and those who want ‘money for nothing’. However, the national personality is characterized both by cooperation in everyday life and the numerous ‘hard-riders’ who make extraordinary contributions.

Applying Bourdieuconomics, the authors focus on contemporary case studies to explain how social capital and trust are used to counteract free-riding and enable the flight of the Scandinavian welfare state ‘bumblebee’. Denmark exemplifies the puzzle of socio-economic success in Scandinavia. Populations are thriving despite the world’s highest levels of tax and generous social benefits. Denmark would appear to be a land of paradise for free-riders and those who want ‘money for nothing’.

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