Welfare and Nordic Crisis Management Strategies

A Comparative Research Project

In relation to Iceland’s presidency of the Nordic Council in 2014 a number of three-year research projects were initiated. One of these is a project aiming to draw lessons from present and past experiences of financial crises on welfare and well-being of the affected nations, led by prof. Stefán Ólafsson of the University of Iceland.

The focus of this project is on policy reactions to the crises and how successful or unsuccessful they were, particularly with reference to how well and quickly the nations recovered from the crisis condition and also how the welfare and well-being of nationals were affected by the crisis itself and the policy measures aimed at tackling the crisis.

The main focus is on how the Nordic countries weathered the present financial crisis as well as the crises of the late 1980s to early 1990s, in an intra-Nordic comparative framework. The project will also compare the Nordic crisis management strategies with policy reactions in other Western countries that were deeply affected by the present crisis.

The project is organized as a book project, consisting of individual chapters on selected countries and country groupings, and cross-national empirical and analytical chapters, with an orienting introduction and a concluding chapter summarizing and analyzing the outcomes in a wider context. The book is planned for publication in 2017.

Project Team

Olli Kangas

Head of Research Department - The Social Security Institute of Finland

Co-Investigator and Country Expert on Finland

Joakim Palme

Professor of Government - Uppsala University

Country Expert on Sweden

Kolbeinn Stefánsson

Researcher - University of Iceland

Co-investigator


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