Envisioning a "real utopia" through dystopian lenses
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Wydział Ekonomiczno-Socjologiczny, Katedra Socjologii Struktur i Zmian Społecznych, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Polska
Submission date: 2024-04-02
Acceptance date: 2024-04-11
Online publication date: 2024-05-23
Publication date: 2024-05-23
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Magdalena Rek-Woźniak   

Wydział Ekonomiczno-Socjologiczny, Katedra Socjologii Struktur i Zmian Społecznych, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Rewolucji 1905 41/43, 90-214, Łódź, Polska
Problemy Polityki Społecznej 2024;65(2):1-9
The review essay presents a critical perspective on the approach to the public policy debate presented in Daniel Dorling and Annika Koljonen's book, "Finntopia. What can we learn from the world's happiest country?". The monograph under scrutiny exemplifies a popular scientific narrative with an openly persuasive message. Grounded in fascination with the achievements of the Finnish version of the Nordic welfare model, it constructs the simplified vision of the corporatist state as close to the ideal of the socio-economic equilibrium. It also presents the policy-making process as linear, consensual and pragmatic, and at the same time, driven by the idea of universal equality. Such visions, although aimed at sparkling hope within societies living in neoliberal dystopias, seem problematic in many respects. First, in the way it constructs the image of "capitalism with the human face" and second, in the way it ignores the ongoing changes within it. The review essay is a critical reappraisal of the main lines of argumentation presented in the book and the specificity of the Anglo-Saxon perspective on the "Finnish miracle".
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