The Good Society: A Comparative Study Of Denmark And Switzerland by Henrik ChristoffersenThe Good Society: A Comparative Study Of Denmark And Switzerland by Henrik Christoffersen

The Good Society: A Comparative Study Of Denmark And Switzerland

byHenrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger

Paperback | September 3, 2016

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Denmark and Switzerland are small and successful countries with exceptionally content populations. However, they have very different political institutions and economic models. They have followed the general tendency in the West toward economic convergence, but both countries have managed to stay on top. They both have a strong liberal tradition, but otherwise their economic strategies are a welfare state model for Denmark and a safe haven model for Switzerland. The Danish welfare state is tax-based, while the expenditures for social welfare are insurance-based in Switzerland. The political institutions are a multiparty unicameral system in Denmark, and a permanent coalition system with many referenda and strong local government in Switzerland. Both approaches have managed to ensure smoothly working political power-sharing and economic systems that allocate resources in a fairly efficient way. To date, they have also managed to adapt the economies to changes in the external environment with a combination of stability and flexibility.

Henrik Christoffersen is an associate external Professor in economics at the University of Copenhagen and Director of research at the Copenhagen Center for Political Studies, Cepos.Michelle Beyeler is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Political Science Department of the Universities of Bern and Zurich. She is a political scientis...
Title:The Good Society: A Comparative Study Of Denmark And SwitzerlandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:327 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.17 inPublished:September 3, 2016Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3662512939

ISBN - 13:9783662512937


Table of Contents

Preface.- 1 Introduction.- Part I: The Quality of Life in Two Different Good Societies: Denmark and Switzerland.- 2 Two Wealthy Economies and Their Development.- 3 Are the Standards of Living Similar or Dissimilar?- 4 Happiness in Denmark and Switzerland.- Part II: Two Models of Good Societies.- 5 Two Stylized Economic Models.- 6 Political Institutions and Politics.- 7 Civil Society.- 8 Two Variants of the Welfare State.- 9 Immigration.- Part III: Challenges for the Two Good Societies.- 10 The Future of the Danish Welfare State.- 11 The Future of the Swiss Welfare State.- 12 Conclusion.