Scandinavia, between East and West

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Foreword

SCANDINAVIA'S position geographically between East and West is obvious to anyone who looks at a map. Scandinavia's middle position between East and West in the conflict of political ideas is equally obvious.

In that conflict it is inevitable that particular interest should be aroused by a group of countries that seem to have pursued "the middle way" successfully; by countries in which much, if not most, of the driving force of economic life is still geared to individual initiative and enterprise, while at the same time the state has become a potent factor in controlling economic individualism to the end that the benefits of individualism shall be more widely shared and the evils mitigated.

The middle way is often thought of in this country as an end in itself -- as a condition to be achieved or avoided, depending upon one's point of view. And perhaps the middle way is an end in itself in the sense that any democratic form of government, based on respect for the individual, must inevitably involve a whole framework of compromises and balances between the political and economic forces within the country where it exists.

But certainly the people of the countries of the middle way do not consider that they have reached any final solution of their governmental and social problems. Rightly so. They, like the rest of the world, are on the move; and they cannot stop where they are

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Preface ix
  • Contents *
  • I - Scandinavian Democracy 1
  • II - The Scandinavian Countries in A Changing World Economy 23
  • III - Government Economic Planning and Control 49
  • IV - The Labor Movement and Industrial Relations 113
  • V - Social Welfare 139
  • VI - Housing 169
  • VII - Producer and Consumer Co-Operatives 199
  • VIII - Adult Education 225
  • IX - Scandinavian Foreign Policy, Past and Present 255
  • X - Co-Operation Between the Scandinavian Countries 307
  • XI - We Americans and Scandinavia 325
  • Appendix: Statistical Tables of Scandinavia 351
  • Selected Bibliography 367
  • Index 375
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