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The Information Society and the Welfare StateThe Finnish Model$
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Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256990.001.0001

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The Welfare of the Nation

The Welfare of the Nation

The Information Society and the Welfare State

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(p.77) Chapter 4 The Welfare of the Nation
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The Information Society and the Welfare State
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Manuel Castells

Pekka Himanen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256990.003.0004

The chapter focuses on one aspect of Finland's achievement of development—its combination of a welfare state and information society. The chapter argues that both are not antagonistic but complementary. The chapter begins with a discussion of the aspects of a welfare state; first among these is social justice in terms of the citizen' s right to education, health care, and income redistribution. Another aspect of the welfare state is the collective protection of the labor force. The second part of the chapter is dedicated to discussing the features of Finland's welfare state. Statistical data are used to examine the progress of Finland in these endeavors. The chapter finally offers a discussion of the defining features of the information society of Finland. Social hackerism is also promoted in the country through several ways. The chapter dedicates its final part in explaining the concept of this and its connection to the welfare state. Time, information, and learning are all shared by individuals, researchers, and hackers through this phenomenon.

Keywords:   social hackerism, welfare state, collective protection, education, social justice, information society, income redistribution, health care

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