The EU and the Welfare State are Compatible: Finnish Social Democrats and European Integration

  title={The EU and the Welfare State are Compatible: Finnish Social Democrats and European Integration},
  author={Tapio Raunio},
  journal={Government and Opposition},
  pages={187 - 207}
  • Tapio Raunio
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Economics
  • Government and Opposition
Abstract This article examines how the Finnish Social Democratic Party has adapted to European integration. The analysis illustrates that the Social Democrats have successfully argued to their electorate that the objectives of integration are compatible with core social democratic values. Considering that Finland was hit by a severe recession in the early 1990s, discourse about economic integration and monetary stability facilitating the economic growth that is essential for job creation and… 
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