Review Essay: Nordic Welfare and U.S. Employment Policy: Public Policies that Reflect Equality as a Normative Political Value

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Kvist, Jon, Johan Fritzell, Bjørn Hvinden, and Olli Kangas. 2012. Changing
Social Equality, The Nordic Welfare Model in the 21st Century. Bristol, UK: The
Policy Press, University of Bristol.

Stainback, Kevin, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2012. Documenting
Desegregation, Racial and Gender Segregation in Private-Sector Employment
since the Civil Rights Act. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Two recent books examine Nordic welfare and U.S. employment policies
from a historical perspective, asking how these public policies have changed
over time, assessing their current status, and considering their likely futures. In
Changing Social Equality, The Nordic Welfare Model in the 21st Century, Kvist
and others (2012) examine the ways equality characterizes Nordic countries and
how this has changed over the last three decades, within and among Nordic
countries and also as compared with non-Nordic countries. In Documenting
Desegregation, Racial and Gender Segregation in Private-Sector Employment
since the Civil Rights Act, Stainback and Tomaskovic-Devey (2012) trace U.S.
private workplace integration from the 1960s to 2005.

At first glance, these two works appear to have little in common. Here they
are considered as examples of public policies that reflect normative political
values, and the contributions of their differing methodologies to the accelerating
trend of cross-national comparative analysis are examined. The value of the
research reported in each work to academic and practitioner communities is also
considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-473
Number of pages14
JournalPolitics and Policy
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Normative Political Value, US Employment Policy, Nordic Welfare Policy

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