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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 Finnish Model of the Information Society

The Finnish Model of the Information Society

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(p.140) Chapter 7 The Finnish Model of the Information Society
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The Information Society and the Welfare State
Author(s):

Manuel Castells

Pekka Himanen

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256990.003.0007

The chapter explains the various models of development that Finland has employed. Interconnections between business and the state are examined in the chapter. Businesses are responsible for bringing economic growth and stability in Finland through increasing the productivity and competitiveness of its citizens in the world economy. This is supported by the state which serves an important role for the country's development. The state is featured by three defining features of legitimacy. It is redistributive and democratic, and it plays its role as an equalizer and protector of the interests of the majority. A general model of the information society of Finland and the relationships between the country's state and society are also included in the chapter.

Keywords:   competitiveness, society, businesses, Finland, models, legitimacy, economic growth, productivity, models of development

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