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Nordic welfare model - case Finland

Nordic welfare model is highly ranked and appreciated in Western societies. In Nordic countries, the public sector has given a promise of a certain amount of public services for all citizens. This promise is going through a change due to various reasons. Alongside demographic change, there are numerous future challenges facing the welfare systems such as decreasing economic resources, overall aging of populations, the increasing need of services, and changing consumer behavior, just to mention a few. Traditional ways to impact on these changes do not seem to work.

During the lecture, we will have an overview of Nordic welfare models, their challenges and current reforms. We will then focus on the Finnish welfare model: a short historical journey from the starting point of Finland’s independence (1917) to the latest, on-going reform. Focus will be on the responsibilities of service production and financing especially rural areas.

Senior lecturer and researcher Minna Kaarakainen is working in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. She holds PhD and MSc degrees in health policy and management from the University of Kuopio, Finland. Her recent research themes have focused on various aspects of welfare policy, especially sustainable welfare services, welfare service consumption and subjective perspectives of the service need, demand and finance. At the moment, her teaching is focused on service consumption and research methods. Minna is known for her expertise in social innovations in the welfare policy context, knowledge of tensions and trends that shape the role of the public sector, and models and instruments of welfare service delivery.

Date Thursday, 15 March 2018
Time 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
CampusDunedin
DepartmentPreventive and Social Medicine (DSM), Preventive and Social Medicine
LocationRoom 033/036, Ground Floor, Adams Building, 18 Frederick Street
Contact NameAlison Crossan
Contact Phone+64 3 479 7202
Contact Emailalison.crossan@otago.ac.nz

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