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Innovation, Human Capabilities, and Democracy: Towards an Enabling Welfare State

Reijo Miettinen


The Nordic welfare states have been at the top of the lists of national competitiveness throughout the 2000s. The Nordic welfare model is deemed able to combine equality, welfare and economic efficiency. Among the Nordic countries, Finland has been considered as an epitome of information society, of high-quality education and systemic innovation policy. In order to make sense of the Finnish development, this book puts political economy, innovation studies, welfare state research, organizational institutionalism and cultural-historical psychology into dialogue with each other. It develops an ap ... More

Keywords: innovation, Nordic States, Finland, capability cultivating services, institutional learning, enabling welfare state, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199692613
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reijo Miettinen, author
Professor of Adult Education, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki