Social Democratic Welfare Policies: A Case Study

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Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world, if not the happiest. Recent findings indicate very low levels of suicide annually, coupled with high ratings of reported life satisfaction over the past five years (Diener et al. 2015). As a result of this reported annual trend, it is useful to investigate possible reasons on a macro-sociological scale. For the purpose of this paper, we will examine social democratic welfare policies, and their connections to Danish citizens' well being. We will explain the housing market system as it pertains to government, and attempt to explain its relevance to our proposed question. A portion of the research will be theorized - drawing from both other scholars' viewpoints
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It is not providing a multitude of benefits to the upper class, but rather creating a more equal society where many jobs are available. Curbed unemployment, along with greatly reduced income taxing, promotes a high rate of Danish labor market participation. With a greater majority of the population holding jobs comes higher fulfillment of fundamental needs. This translates to the possibility - the opportunity - for greater life satisfaction on a…show more content…
Cole & Etherington (2005) compare the processes between England and Denmark, describing the former as having a liberal market, and Danish progressions as being social democratic. This classification runs in parallel with our previous discussion. Denmark is known for its high density of social and economic disadvantage (Biswas-Diener et al., 2010). In Britain, the rate of home ownership is about 70 percent, whereas Denmark holds a rate of 54 percent (Cole & Etherington, 2005). According to the authors, Denmark has a comparatively different regulation from England, in that they are more 'partner' oriented, and have had less influence of territorial inequality. Talking in more specific terms, the Danes' 10-year policy initiative known as kvarterloeft, which ended in 2007, aimed to spend a large amount of money for the purpose of integrating immigrants into housing communities. About 101 million euros were allocated to the project from government funds, as well as 33 million from local authorities. Compared with the National Strategy for Neighborhood Renewal in England, there is a much greater rate of immigrant inclusion. In addition, the Danish housing system is run by associations, where tenants make up the majority of the board ( ). This evidence suggests a stronger connection, and sense of cooperation, between government and citizens. This
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