A Nordic Model (of capitalism)?

Organization: German Association for Political Economy/ University of Flensburg

Venue: Akademiezentrum Sankelmark

Location: Oeversee, Germany

Event Date/Time: Jun 06, 2013 End Date/Time: Jun 08, 2013
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 10, 2013
Paper Submission Date: Feb 11, 2013
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 The German Association for Political Economy (AkPolÖk) invites the submission of papers for the Spring Conference 2013, held in cooperation with the University of Flensburg on 6-8 June in Flensburg/Germany.

Keynote Lectures will be given by John E. Roemer (Elizabeth S. and S. Varick Strout Professor of Political Science and Economics, Yale University).

The financial crisis of 2008/09, the ensuing Great Recession of 2009 and their aftermath have changed the way capitalism is perceived in world societies. Attempts to learn the necessary lessons are still going strong. The conference "A Nordic Model?" sees itself as part of such an effort. 

The starting point is the fact that the 5 Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden) consistently rank on the top on all world-wide indicators of social welfare and well-being. They seem to have achieved a remarkable combination of high social equality combined with high economic efficiency, and they have done so for a considerable period of time; and all this with considerable resilience in crises. Do we thus find here the ingredients for a capitalism to aim at? Or in other words: What - if anything - can other countries learn from the Nordic model?

Of  course this question has been asked before. However it deserves renewed and refocused interest after the crises of the past half-decade, the full question therefore being: What - if anything - can other countries learn from the Nordic model for a post crises model of capitalism? The objective of the conference is to discuss precisely this question with researchers from different fields.


We welcome the submission of thereotical and applied papers (in English or German) on related aspects from economics, political and other social sciences. (Depending on the mix of accepted papers, session can be held in English or German.) Researchers are invited to submit their papers, along with a provisional title and an abstract (100-150 words), before February 10, 2013 to nordicmodel@uni-flensburg.de.

Submissions will be refereed by the Conference Program Committee (chairman: Prof. Dr. Stephan Panther) and authors will be notified by e-mail before March 15, 2013.

Please see our website for more detailed information.


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