Scandinavia and the Success of Socialism


Daniel Rosales

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This project investigates the health care systems of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Health care within the context of a government policy is of particular concern to the United States after Obama's legislation, which reformed health care, yet by no means made it a comprehensive government service, as is the case in the aforementioned Scandinavian systems. The project included visiting the Scandinavian capital cities Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, and Copenhagen, and gathering information on the health care systems. Information gathered included sources, data, research, and statistics regarding how the varying countries fund their health care systems. Primary concern was given to characteristics specific to the countries involved (population size, GDP, economic institutions, and political structure). The original concept involved questioning the plausibility of emulation of these systems, or a similar form of them, in the United States. Upon further research, it quickly became evident that such systems, as they are, are impossible to mirror in a country as the United States, for a menagerie of reasons. This disconnect is explained well in older studies such as Sweden: the Middle Way. The rising deficits as a result of the expensive health care programs alongside the global economic crisis, particularly in Finland and Denmark, also lend support to this claim. Funding was also used to pay the 270EUR conference fee for the Danish Atlantic Youth Seminar (DAYS) 2010 during July 5th-11th. DAYS is a NATO sponsored event that discusses contemporary global security policy.


Derek Shearer




Walter B. Gerken Fellowship

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