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Scandinavians work less than we do, they have free childcare and healthcare, and they're just generally happier. We're told that we can't have what they have... but what if we can? In Viking Economics, George Lakey explains how the Nordic system works and shows us that if we put in the hard work Scandinavians did not that long ago, we, too, can have a fairer economic policy.
GEORGE LAKEY is Visiting Professor at Swarthmore College. He is the author of many books and articles and has written for Waging Nonviolence and Common Dreams, among other publications.
Library Journal Review
Thinking of moving? Looking for a place with free education, health care, and job training? Forget Canada, try Norway! In this book, Lakey (Toward a Living Revolution) lays out the many benefits of the Nordic system. Although he is not actually trying to convince readers to move to Scandinavia, he does point out many advantages those countries have and the lessons that other nations can learn from their methods. Lakey relates policies in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland to current events in the European Union (EU) and the United States. He points out that the Nordic reliance on co-ops, unionization, and social support programs has enabled those countries to bounce back faster from economic downturns. Throughout the text, nonviolent collective action is emphasized as the path to a better quality of life and high levels of equality and happiness. Norway and Iceland are not part of the EU (unlike Sweden and Denmark), but they are part of the European Economic Area. Norway has a particularly close relationship with Europe and admits many refugees and guest workers. Verdict Norway may serve as a model for the post-Brexit UK, and readers with an interest in how the Nordic model came about will be fascinated by this timely title.-Cate Hirschbiel, Emerson Coll. Lib., Boston © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
|Introduction: Discovering Today's Vikings Beyond the Guidebooks||p. vii|
|Part I How They Got to the Top|
|1 Vikings as Iconic Adventurers, Then and Now||p. 3|
|2 Making Their Way in a Globalized World||p. 11|
|3 Vikings Get Lost, Bankers Go Wild||p. 27|
|4 Iceland Creates the Biggest Crash, then Rebounds||p. 35|
|5 How Norwegians Empowered Themselves to Adopt the Nordic Model||p. 53|
|Part II Design for Living in the Nordic Countries|
|6 More Start-ups than the United States: Support for Entrepreneurs, Workers, and the Equality of Women||p. 75|
|7 Family Farmers and Cooperatives: Key Players in the Nordic Model||p. 95|
|8 Preventing Poverty: Nordics Learn How an Advanced Economy Can Abolish Poverty||p. 105|
|9 Creating Work/Life Balance||p. 131|
|10 Breaking Barriers to Education and Lifelong Learning||p. 143|
|11 Paying for What You Get: The Viking Approach to Taxes||p. 161|
|Part III Today's Challenges, for Them and For Us|
|12 Allowing Racial and Other Differences to Work for the Common Good||p. 179|
|13 Reaching for High Goals on Climate Change||p. 205|
|14 How Relevant Is the Nordic Model to the United States?||p. 221|