Social development in cities and the impact of the Nordic welfare regime: a comparative analysis

Anders Bøggild Christensen, Tove Valborg Rasmussen, Jarkko Rasinkangas

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The ongoing globalisation and urbanisation in most Western societies points at the cities and urban regions as especially interesting in order to discover new trends in the societal development and the welfare regimes ability to deal with these trends.
In the literature about social polarisation it is mostly the so called global cities - and further capital cities - which are in focus of the analysis {{81 Sassen,Saskia 2001; 366 Sassen, Saskia 2000; 85 Castells,Manuel 1991; 86 Mollenkopf,John Hull 1991; 57 Marcuse,Peter 2000; 94 Hamnett,Chris 2003; 409 Andersen,Hans Thor 2005; 410 Wessel, Terje; 411 Vaattovaara, Mari and Matti Kortteinen 2003}}. Following central thesis of trends in the distributional and spatial development in cities and discussions about the role of the welfare regime, we shall compare two middle sized cities in two Nordic countries: Aarhus, Denmark (approx 300.000 inhabitants) and Turku, Finland (approx. 175.000 inhabitants).
Looking at these middle sized cities in a most similar case perspective we have asked if we can find the same type of development as described or hypothesized in the global cities (social and spatial polarisation and increased segregation) - or a possible other type of social and spatial development. We have further asked if the Nordic welfare regime can be seen as a shield towards the polarized to expect that the development of the poor part of the population is kept at a development: In the light of the traditional universal Nordic welfare state it is to expect that inequality is kept at a low level compared to other countries, and it isminimum.
In looking at both similarities and differences between the studied cities and countries we have - as an example - focused at the development in two deprived areas in the light of differences in share of immigrants and differences in minimum social benefit.
StatusUdgivet - 2010
BegivenhedFISS conference - Sigtuna, Stockholm, Sverige
Varighed: 16 jun. 201018 jun. 2010


KonferenceFISS conference
BySigtuna, Stockholm


  • social polarisation
  • social ulighed