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North by Northwest: What's Wrong with the French Model and How Can the Nordic Model Help. The Nordic Model: Solutions for Continental Europe’s Problems?”, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, May 9-10, 2008

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  • Jean-Paul Fitoussi

    (Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques)

  • Eloi Laurent

    (Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques)

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In this paper, we try to point out some important weaknesses of the contemporary French socialeconomic model, focusing on relevant elements of comparison with Nordic countries. In doing so, we rely on the idea that large and small countries differ in terms of growth and governance strategies. Hence, while the “Nordic model” can be a good revelatory of some of France’s major problems, it is also an ambiguous template for reform. The paper starts by examining the question of growth strategy (macroeconomic management and structural reforms), then goes on to investigate governance strategy (trust, confidence, governance quality) and finally explores the issues of diversity and integration policy.

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  • Jean-Paul Fitoussi & Eloi Laurent, 2008. "North by Northwest: What's Wrong with the French Model and How Can the Nordic Model Help. The Nordic Model: Solutions for Continental Europe’s Problems?”, Center for European Studies, Harvard Universi," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/9717, Sciences Po.
  • Handle: RePEc:spo:wpmain:info:hdl:2441/9717
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