The Information Society and the Welfare State: The Finnish Model

Paperback | June 29, 2004

byCastells, Manuel, Pekka Himanen

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Silicon Valley has been considered as the model that societies must imitate to succeed in the information age. However, recently another alternative has attracted strong international interest: the Finnish model. This is equally dynamic in technological and economic terms, but combines theinformation society with the welfare state. The Information Society and the Welfare State is the first accessible academic study of what the Finnish model really is. The authors analyse the factors that have enabled Nokia to become the world's leading telecommunications company, for example, andLinux to become the biggest challenger to Microsoft in the operating systems market. They discuss the development of Nokia and the Finnish innovation model, with important lesssons for businesses and national technology policies.However, the Finnish model's most radical and interesting feature is its attempt to combine technological and economic success with social justice and equality. The book shows how Finland has uniquely created a 'virtuous cycle' out of the information society and the welfare state: the successfulinformation society makes the continued financing of the welfare state possible and the welfare state generates well-educated people in good shape for the information society's continued success. This model has significant implications for all societies where policy debates about the information society and/or public policy are on the agenda. Ultimately, the Finnish model proves that there is no one model for the information age, but that there is room for different policies and values.

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Silicon Valley has been considered as the model that societies must imitate to succeed in the information age. However, recently another alternative has attracted strong international interest: the Finnish model. This is equally dynamic in technological and economic terms, but combines theinformation society with the welfare state. The...

Manuel Castells is Research Professor of Information Society at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) in Barcelona, as well as the Wallis Annenberg Professor of Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles. He is also Emeritus Professor of Sociology and of Planning at the University...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.52 inPublished:June 29, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199269114

ISBN - 13:9780199269112

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Introduction: The Finnish Information Society in Global Context1. The Mobile Valley: Nokia, Finland, and the Transformation of the Finnish Economy2. Innovative about Innovating: The Unlikely Innovation System -- The State, Corporate Business, Universities, and Hackers3. The Welfare of the Nation: The Information Society and the Welfare State4. The Local Information Society: Spatial Dynamics, Information Technology, and Public Policy5. The Power of Identity: Identity Driving the Information Society and the Information Society Building Identity6. The Finnish Model of the Information Society7. Conclusion I: The Challenges for Finland8. Conclusion II: Lessons from Finland