From Vikings to Welfare: Early State Building and Social Trust in Scandinavia

Svendsen Gert Tinggaard, Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen

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Abstrakt

The Scandinavian welfare states hold the highest social trust scores in the world. Why? Based on the stationary bandit model by Olson (1993), we first demonstrate that early state building during Viking Age facilitated public good provision and extensive trade. Social trust were probably not destroyed but rather accumulated in the following centuries up till the universal welfare state of the 20th century. Focusing on the case of Denmark, our tentative argument is that social trust was not destroyed through five subsequent phases of state building but rather enhanced. Long-run political stability arguably allows such a self-reinforcing process over time between institutions and social trust.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2010
Antal sider21
StatusUdgivet - 2010
Begivenhed14th Annual Conference of The International Society for New Institutional Economics - University of Stirling, Stirling, Storbritannien
Varighed: 17. jun. 201019. jun. 2010

Konference

Konference14th Annual Conference of The International Society for New Institutional Economics
LokationUniversity of Stirling
LandStorbritannien
ByStirling
Periode17/06/201019/06/2010

Citationsformater

Gert Tinggaard, S., & Svendsen, G. L. H. (2010). From Vikings to Welfare: Early State Building and Social Trust in Scandinavia. Paper præsenteret på 14th Annual Conference of The International Society for New Institutional Economics, Stirling, Storbritannien.