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The Scandinavian Exception: Myths and Realities

An Interview with Yohann Aucante

by Émilie Frenkiel , 2 September 2013
translated by Kate McNaughton

Translated with the support of The Florence Gould Foundation

How can we explain the fact that Northern European countries are remaining relatively untouched by the current crisis? Are the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish social democracies homogenous? Yohann Aucante outlines the various factors that created the Scandinavian-style welfare state and industrial democracy, while assessing the influence they have on the rest of Europe.

Yohann Aucante is a lecturer at the EHESS. His research looks into the comparative organisation and government of social welfare systems, in particular in Scandinavia, an area he is an expert on. He also works on the development of social democracy and, more generally, on political party systems. He is currently working on a major socio-historical study of the local government of social protection in Northern Europe, as well as on a textbook about Scandinavian democracies which will soon be published by Armand Colin.
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