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Innovation, Human Capabilities, and DemocracyTowards an Enabling Welfare State$
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Reijo Miettinen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692613.001.0001

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An enabling welfare state, collective learning, and democracy

An enabling welfare state, collective learning, and democracy

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Innovation, Human Capabilities, and Democracy

Reijo Miettinen

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 summarizes the argument of the book by outlining a model of an enabling welfare state. An enabling welfare state can be regarded as a new stage in the development of the Nordic welfare state. It reconstructs the old ideal of a virtuous cycle between economic development, welfare, equality, and democracy. An enabling welfare state develops further the capability-cultivating services created by the traditional welfare state. It takes the role of enhancing and organizing learning and local experimentation in hybrid communities and developmental networks. It extends democracy by mobilizing well-educated professionals and practitioners in all spheres of society to innovate. It recognizes the limitations of a national view: the basic moral principles of the welfare state such as equality of educational opportunity need to be extended into the principles of an emerging global governance.

Keywords:   enabling welfare state, economic development, welfare, equality, democracy, local experimentation, hybrid communities, educational opportunity, global governance

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