Welfare changed our view on children
The history of the Danish welfare state also tells the tale of how a generous welfare state changed how children are perceived. This can be traced to the changing school architecture.
People in Sweden who cannot find work may be categorized as disabled, which in turn may make it more difficult for them to find employment over the long run. Their difficulties reflect a prevailing sense that an individual needs conform to certain norms to find work, according to a study of the Swedish Public Employment Service.
OPINION: Denmark is now discussing a break with the philosophy of universalism, although social expenditure in the Nordic countries is no higher than in Germany or France. Social policy experience tells us that universal welfare schemes are the most redistributive and that welfare for the poor always ends up as ‘poor welfare’.