Does America’s Economic Crisis Mean We Should Embrace European-Style Social Democracy? A Consideration of the Denmark Example
April 22, 2009 41 Comments
ATLANTA— I have been doing a lot of reflecting on the nation of Denmark over the last few weeks, as I contemplate my own views on the proper role of government in economics. We had a reader, Djcnor, post on our blog a couple of weeks ago with a very eloquent and insightful defense of European-style social democracy. Stating that “Obama is absolutely right” in moving us away from the anglo-capitalist model we currently follow in America, she went on to defend what she believed was a more just, moral, and effective system of government. She argued Denmark, in particular, stood out and that they had a successful model we could learn from. The debate raised the honest question in my mind: should we follow the European-style social democratic model?