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Nanna Mik-Meyer

Nordic welfare models. However, because a main 8 The power of citizens and professionals in welfare encounters goal is to analyse how principles of the bureaucracy, values of the market and norms from psychology affect the encounter between citizens and welfare workers, the empirical similarities of these various welfare states (e.g., fertility rates, educational spending, level of employment, housing taxes and inequality) are of less importance here.1 Rather, the choice of which analyses to include has depended on whether the studies in question included analyses

in The power of citizens and professionals in welfare encounters
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Full-time breadwinners and part-time fathers
Michael Rush

states that are enviable’ (2009:268). Lister was adding her ‘Nirvana’ or gold-standard type assessment of the Nordic welfare regimes to that of the American scholars Gornick and Meyers who contributed to the Real Utopias project ( by using the Nordic welfare model ‘to demonstrate that our Real Utopia is in the realm of possibility’ (Gornick and Meyers, 2006:26; Lister, 2009:268). Lister was also adding to conclusion of Valerie Bryson and the standpoint of British feminist theory that ‘the Nordic welfare states are much closer to the

in Between two worlds of father politics