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Combating low completion rates in Nordic welfare states: Policy design in Norway and Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5791-081X
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0209-558X
2019 (Swedish)In: Comparative Education, ISSN 0305-0068, E-ISSN 1360-0486Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Low completion rate in upper secondary education is seen as a bigproblem in the Nordic countries. School failure has shown todramatically increase the risks for unemployment and  labourmarket exclusion with severe consequences for both society andthe young person. This paper analyses national policy measures tocombat low upper secondary education completion rates inNorway and Sweden, often regarded as representing a socialdemocratic welfare model and a universalistic transition regime.The analysis demonstrates that although this issue has receivedextensive political attention, the two countries display somewhatdifferent policy designs. The Norwegian approach is proactive andtargeted while the Swedish policy is more general and directedtowards reforming organisational structures in upper-secondary education. In sum, our analysis demonstrates that nationalgovernance structures shape and influence policy design in thecontext of an increasingly diversified Nordic social democraticwelfare state regime.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
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Upper secondary education, school completion, policy design, Sweden, Norway, education
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political science; educational work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159199DOI: 10.1080/03050068.2019.1619328OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-159199DiVA, id: diva2:1317105
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2019-05-21 Created: 2019-05-21 Last updated: 2019-06-24

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