The Good Society

A Comparative Study of Denmark and Switzerland

Authors: Christoffersen, H., Beyeler, M., Eichenberger, R., Nannestad, P., Paldam, M.

  • Providing empirical answers on how to achieve a good society
  • Highly relevant comparative study in political economy and welfare studies
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About this book

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.

About the authors

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 scientist and her research covers various topics such as comparative welfare state analysis, gender and politics, comparative political economy, and political protest.

Reiner Eichenberger is Professor at the University of Fribourg for Public Finance and Economic Policy since 1998. He got his doctorate (1991) and habilitation (1998) at the University of Zurich. He specializes in Political Economy and Institutional Innovations, and is a co-editor of Kyklos. He published more than 100 academic articles and a large number of  contributions in outlets for the general public.

Peter Nannestad is Professor of Public Policy at the Department of Political Science at Aarhaus University since 1991.

Martin Paldam is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and Business at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Two Good Societies: Switzerland and Denmark

    Christoffersen, Henrik (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Two Wealthy Economies and Their Development

    Christoffersen, Henrik (et al.)

    Pages 13-29

  • Are the Standards of Living Similar or Dissimilar? An Extended Comparison

    Christoffersen, Henrik (et al.)

    Pages 31-63

  • Happiness in Denmark and Switzerland

    Christoffersen, Henrik (et al.)

    Pages 65-114

  • Two Stylized Models

    Christoffersen, Henrik (et al.)

    Pages 117-137

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Good Society
Book Subtitle
A Comparative Study of Denmark and Switzerland
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-37238-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-37238-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-37237-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51293-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 327
Number of Illustrations and Tables
67 b/w illustrations
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