How have three decades of neoliberalism affected the Nordic welfare states as well as the organisation, education and practices of social work in those countries?

During recent decades the welfare states of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have gone through dramatic changes infl uenced by the political triumph of neoliberalism. This has led to both the electoral success of extreme right and mainstream neoliberal parties, and to the neoliberal ideological transformations of social democratic parties. The neoliberal doctrine of making governance cheaper has thus been made the focus of governance and has led to increased marginalisation and social problems.

This is the first book to comparatively explore the role of neoliberal reforms on social work and social policy across the Nordic welfare states. The richly theoretical and empirical chapters explore and illustrate the consequences of the dominance of neoliberal policies and provide an analysis of the effects of globalisation, glocalisation, welfare nationalism, symbolic violence and forced migration. The book provides valuable insights into the shortcomings of retreating welfare states in a time of increasing glocal social problems.

Neoliberalism, Nordic Welfare States and Social Work should be considered essential reading for critical social work education. Students, scholars, educators and researchers of Nordic countries and beyond have much to learn from this book.

chapter |22 pages


Neoliberalism and social work in the Nordic welfare states
ByMasoud Kamali, Jessica H. Jönsson

part I|44 pages

Neoliberalism and the transformation of social policy

chapter 2|11 pages

Transformation of the Finnish welfare state

ByTuomo Kokkonen, Kati Närhi, Aila-Leena Matthies

chapter 3|11 pages

Neoliberalism and changing immigration and integration policies in Norway

ByAnn Kristin Alseth

chapter 4|10 pages

Neoliberal management of social work in Sweden

ByMarcus Herz, Philip Lalander

part II|46 pages

Neoliberal reorganisation of the welfare states and social work practice

chapter 5|10 pages

Neoliberalism, welfare state and social work practice in Denmark

ByTove Rasmussen

chapter 6|12 pages

Neoliberalism, welfare state and social work practice in Finland

ByPäivi Marjanen, Gary Spolander, Timo Aulanko

chapter 7|10 pages

Neoliberal reframing of user representation in Norway

ByBente Heggem Kojan, Edgar Marthinsen, Anne Moe, Nina Schiøll Skjefstad

chapter 8|12 pages

Markets, managers and machinesRationalising social work

ByMarcus Lauri

part III|46 pages

Neoliberalism and the professional identities of social workers

part IV|44 pages

Social work education and a changing welfare state

chapter 13|10 pages

Social work education and a changing welfare state in Denmark

ByPia Ringø, Maria Appel Nissen, Vibeke Bak Nielsen

chapter 14|11 pages

Social work education in Finland

ByTuomo Kokkonen, Kati Turtiainen

chapter 15|11 pages

Social work education and the changing welfare state in Norway

ByAnn Kristin Alseth, Aina Lian Flem, Halvor Fauske

part V|67 pages

Resistance and progressive social work in a global neoliberal era

chapter 19|12 pages

Resisting neoliberal changes in social work education

ByMarianne Rugkåsa, Signe Ylvisaker

chapter |21 pages


Current and future challenges for Nordic welfare states and social work
ByMasoud Kamali, Jessica H. Jönsson