Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Recommendation: 'Europe in the Global Age' by Anthony Giddens

Anthony Giddens is one of the world's most prolific authors in social science and the former director of the London School of Economics. He is probably most know for his theory of structuration and his role as advisor for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the political direction of The Third Way, which has inspired social democratic politicians around the world, especially in Denmark.

Europe in the Global Age deals with the challenges facing Europe in, well, the global age characterized by intense globalization and competition with a particular emphasis on the Northern European welfare state and how it must be reformed in order to continue to inspire future European development.

Giddens is a supporter of the welfare state. I, too, believe that a Scandinavian style society in many ways should serve as an example to be followed by all European countries that aspire to have low levels of unemployment, relatively high growth rates, stable and safe societies with emphasis on equality and a high quality of life. The model truly is the best way to ensure a sound compromise between economic competitiveness and social security.

You can purchase the book from Amazon via the link below.

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