The Good Society

A Comparative Study of Denmark and Switzerland

  • Henrik Christoffersen
  • Michelle Beyeler
  • Reiner Eichenberger
  • Peter Nannestad
  • Martin Paldam

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
    Pages 1-9
  3. The Quality of Life in Two Different Good Societies: Denmark and Switzerland

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
      Pages 13-29
    3. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
      Pages 31-63
    4. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
      Pages 65-114
  4. Two Models of Good Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
      Pages 117-137
    3. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
      Pages 139-165
    4. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
      Pages 167-187
    5. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
      Pages 189-216
    6. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
      Pages 217-249
  5. Challenges for the Two Good Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
      Pages 253-282
    3. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
      Pages 283-311
    4. Henrik Christoffersen, Michelle Beyeler, Reiner Eichenberger, Peter Nannestad, Martin Paldam
      Pages 313-319
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 321-327

About this book

Introduction

Denmark and Switzerland are small and successful countries with exceptionally content populations. However, they have very different political institutions and economic models. They have followed the general tendency in the West toward economic convergence, but both countries have managed to stay on top. They both have a strong liberal tradition, but otherwise their economic strategies are a welfare state model for Denmark and a safe haven model for Switzerland. The Danish welfare state is tax-based, while the expenditures for social welfare are insurance-based in Switzerland. The political institutions are a multiparty unicameral system in Denmark, and a permanent coalition system with many referenda and strong local government in Switzerland. Both approaches have managed to ensure smoothly working political power-sharing and economic systems that allocate resources in a fairly efficient way. To date, they have also managed to adapt the economies to changes in the external environment with a combination of stability and flexibility.

Keywords

Comparative Economics Happiness Studies Institutional Equivalence Public Choice Social Welfare

Authors and affiliations

  • Henrik Christoffersen
    • 1
  • Michelle Beyeler
    • 2
  • Reiner Eichenberger
    • 3
  • Peter Nannestad
    • 4
  • Martin Paldam
    • 5
  1. 1.CEPOS Center for Political StudiesCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Economics, Center for Public FinanceUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  4. 4.Department of Political ScienceAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  5. 5.Department of Economics and BusinessAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-37238-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-37237-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-37238-4
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