Decent work in Denmark. Employment, social efficiency and economic security

Examines to what extent and by what means and mechanisms labour standards and relatively equal income distribution, facilitated by high employment rates and social protection, have contributed to sustaining a high rate of economic growth.

One of the central challenges of the international community today is how to make globalization work for the benefit of all. This volume examines Denmark - one of the few countries to successfully integrate the global economy on the basis of balanced social and economic policies.

Sustaining competitiveness at a global level while maintaining high standards of labour and social protection is often a challenge, but this study reveals how Denmark has pioneered mechanisms to achieve this crucial balance and promote decent work for all. In fact, this volume shows how such standards are not only a consequence of economic growth, but also an essential basis for growth and competitiveness. It demonstrates how the integration of social and economic policies and the role of social dialogue are instrumental in this regard. Likewise, other dynamic Danish policies are highlighted such as systems of vocational education and training, active labour market policy, combination of labour market flexibility and income security, social protection and welfare reform and other programs for reconciling work and family life.

With a view to drawing useful lessons, this book presents Denmark’s policies as an excellent starting point for other countries looking to create greater economic strength and social cohesion in this era of globalization.

Key features:

  • Shows how high standards of labour and social protection promote growth and competitiveness
  • Examines the specific dynamics of Danish labour market policy
  • Contains extensive figures and tables to illustrate key points