Macron and the Nordic model

Social Europe
Monday, 22 May, 2017

Professor Bo Rothstein writes an article for Social Europe in which he analyses the model represented by the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron.

"It is now clear that, from the many societal models that have been tried since the breakthrough of industrialism, social research can point to a winner in terms of human well-being and this is the Nordic model that Macron promotes. It should be underlined that this model has been supported by both Social Democratic and Center-Right governments in all the Nordic countries during the last two decades. This implies that the dismissal of both the traditional political right and left, which has been Macron’s signature in the French elections, should not necessarily be seen as merely a clever political tactic. Rather, it can be seen as a sign that the traditional right-left dimension based on the idea of seeing market versus state as a zero-sum game has begun to fade away."

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