Successful Public Policy in the Nordic Countries: Cases, Lessons, Challenges

Caroline de la Porte, Guðný Björk Eydal, Jaakko Kauko, Daniel Nohrstedt, Paul 't Hart, Bent Sofus Tranøy

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This book presents 23 in-depth case studies of successful public policies and programmes in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland. Each chapter tells the story of the policy’s origins, aims, design, decision-making and implementation processes, and assesses in which respects—programmatically, process-wise, politically and over time—and to what extent it can be considered a policy success. It also points towards the driving forces of success, and the challenges that have had to be overcome to achieve it. Combined, the chapters provide a resource for policy evaluation researchers, educators and students of public policy and public administration, both within and beyond the Nordic region.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages534
ISBN (Electronic)9780191946714
ISBN (Print)9780192856296
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sept 2022


  • public policy
  • public administration
  • Nordic
  • reform
  • policy success
  • Nordic model
  • policy evaluation


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