A Short History of the Welfare State. The Case of Finland

Professor Pertti Haapala – University of Tampere, Finland

Tuesday 18 February 2014 11.00am – 12.30pm

The lecture discusses the economic, social and political foundations of the Nordic Model of welfare state from two points of view: the current discussion (short future?) and historical evidence (short past). Nordic countries have a long history in centralized policies, which has its historical roots and social preconditions. Those conditions have faded away and new logic and justification are needed to maintain the welfare state. Several options are available, but -despite other political disagreements – Finns are strongly defending the universal model. Why is that, and is it possible in the European framework and in the global world? Historical experience may help in seeking answers.

Pertti Haapala is Professor of History and Vice-Rector in University of Tampere, Finland, and Director of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Historical Research. The CoE re-examines the history of Finland in a comparative, transnational and global perspective. He has published books and articles on Finnish economic and social history, the Civil War of 1918 and historiography. He is currently preparing a book on Historical Thinking and a series of publications History of Society: Finland 1400-2000.

Venue: ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge Street (Bldg 67C), Canberra

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This lecture is co-hosted by the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the ANUCES.

ANUCES is an initiative involving four ANU Colleges (Arts and Social Sciences, Law, Business and Economics, and Asia and the Pacific) co-funded by the ANU and the European Union.