Ideas, Society and Politics in Northeast Asia and Northern Europe

Ideas, Society and Politics in Northeast Asia and Northern Europe : Worlds Apart, Learning from Each Other

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This intriguing volume explains why, after centuries of Western scholars studying Asia, Asian scholars are beginning to study Western societies in return. Responding to the rise of Nordic studies in China, Japan and Korea, the authors explore how economic success in East Asia is raising issues - like how to deal with an ageing population, income redistribution and provision of social security - that have long been addressed in the Nordic region. Conversely, the Nordic countries have much to learn from the dynamism and flexibility found in East Asia today. Yet, the authors also show how cultural and political differences pose challenges to mutual understanding and learning. The essays offer a challenging point of reference for scholars and policy-makers from both regions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 15mm | 417.3g
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • English
  • 8776941000
  • 9788776941000
  • 3,883,405

Table of contents

Introduction (Ras Tind Nielsen and Geir Helgesen) 1. Duality or Polarity: Modes of Thought in East and West (Bent Nielsen) 2. New Demands, Obsolete Values? Global Challenges to National Education (Geir Sigurdsson) 3. Nordic Democracy as a Model-Building Concept (Johan Strang and Jussi Kurunmaki) 4. The Nordic and East Asian Welfare Models: On Converging Paths? (Stein Kuhnle) 5. Scandinavian Welfare Regimes in the Current Crisis: Reform or Retrenchment? (Peter Abrahamson) 6. Comparing the Nordic and South Korean Models: Labour-Market Regulation and Social Welfare in Times of Crisis (Johannes Dragsbak Schmidt) 7. Europeanization and the Nordic Models: Reforms for Welfare and Competitiveness (Inchoon Kim) 8. Human Rights and 'Values in Asia': Reflections on East - West Dialogues (Daniel A. Bell) 9. Aiming for Results: Preconditions for a Constructive Dialogue between North Korea and the World (Geir Helgesen) 10. Sunshine in a Barren Soil: Domestic Politics of Engagement and Identity Formation in South Korea (Jong Kun Choi) 11. Cooperation among Equals: Political Culture in the Nordic Countries (Uffe A stergard) Afterword (Ras Tind Nielsen and Geir Helgesen) Index.
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About Ras Tind Nielsen

Ras Tind Nielsen is a research assistant at NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark. He follows domestic politics and foreign policy in China as well as regional politics in East Asia. He has a special interest in the sociology of science and in the development of the social sciences in China. Ras is actively engaged in promoting Nordic collaboration with Asia in research and higher education and has been a consultant to the Nordic Council of Ministers advising on sciences collaboration with China and India. Geir Helgesen, cultural sociologist and Director of NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, is a long time Korea observer who has travelled extensively in both parts of Korea, organized track two dialogues between North Korea and the Nordic countries, and maintains a global network of colleagues dealing with the divided Korea.
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