Information Society and the Welfare State: The Finnish Model

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This book takes an international approach by discussing the information society and overall business environment of Finland. Known throughout the world for its successful companies and its exceptional rates of innovation, this volume discusses the country's total transformation in technology, corporate business and education. It creates a complete model of comparison to other economies. Finally, it discusses Finland's future challenges as well as what can be learned to enhance an existing society.
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"The Finnish model's most radical feature is its attempt to combine technological and economic success with social justice and equality. There are significant implications for the other societies, but apparantely no one single model for the Information Age."--Business Horizons

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199256990
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Manuel Castells is the Wallis Annenberg Chair Professor of Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, as well as Research Professor of the Information Society at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona. He is also Professor Emeritus of Sociology and of Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and Visiting Professor at MIT.
Peter Himanen carries out research at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology. His studies have been published in nineteen languages.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the Finnish information society in a global context 1
2 The mobile valley : Nokia, Finland, and the transformation of the Finnish economy 19
3 Innovation about innovating : the unlikely innovation system : the state, corporate business, universities, and hackers 45
4 The welfare of the nation : the information society and the welfare state 77
5 The local information society : spatial dynamics, information technology, and public policy 103
6 The power of identity : identity driving the information society and the information society building identity 127
7 The Finnish model of the information society 140
8 Conclusion I : the challenges for Finland 151
9 Conclusion II : learning from Finland 166
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