The Nordic Model, while debated at home as a coherent model with five exceptions, is recognized worldwide as an ideal for socio-political agenda and their governance. In Israel too, in spite of receiving little attention in Israeli academic research, Israeli policymakers and the public repeatedly affirm the principles that are associated with the Nordic model, namely high public spending on social services and state-steered market economy. This shared socio-political agenda, as well as commonalities in terms of size and human capital features, induce comparative study between Israel and the Nordic countries. Moreover, both Israel and Nordic countries face similar global challenges – such as immigration, multiculturalism, and environmental crisis – and comparable challenges of global integration – such as Europeanization, financial interdependencies, and standardization – and thus call for the development of new knowledge about the Nordic model, its international context, and its relations with, and impact on, Israel’s economy, politics and culture.

The conference discussions shall address two main themes:

  • The Israeli viewpoint of the Nordic Model and its impact far beyond the bounds of the Nordic countries
  • Israeli-Nordic relations, in historic context and with future outlook

Conference convenors:
Prof. Gili S. Drori
Dr. Orna Keren-Carmel

Topics and speakers

09 June

Session A: News and media

10:00 - 10:45
Wed, 09/06/202110:00-10:45

Prof. Ester Pollack, University of Stockholm, Sweden
The Future of the Nordic Media Model?

Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, Israel Democracy Institute, Israel
Israel Media Landscape between Politics and Regulation

09 June


10:45 - 11:00
Wed, 09/06/202110:45-11:00
09 June

Session B: Business and the economy

11:00 - 11:45
Wed, 09/06/202111:00-11:45

Prof. Janne Tienari, Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Finnish Business in the Global Economy

Prof. Michal Frenkel, Hebrew University, Israel
"Northern Exposure": The Translation of "Scandinavian Management" in Israel

09 June


11:45 - 12:00
Wed, 09/06/202111:45-12:00
09 June

Session C: Climate and sustainability

12:00 - 12:45
Wed, 09/06/202112:00-12:45

Prof. Jens Villiam Hoff, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The Climate Policies of the Nordic Countries - A Race to the Top?

Prof. Eran Feitelson, Hebrew University, Israel
Conceptualisations of Sustainability: Differences between Nordic and Israeli Policies

09 June


12:45 - 13:00
Wed, 09/06/202112:45-13:00
09 June


14:15 - 14:30
Wed, 09/06/202114:15-14:30
09 June

Debate: “Nordic Model” - One model with 5 exceptions…

14:30 - 15:45
Wed, 09/06/202114:30-15:45

Prof. Haldor Byrkjeflot
, University of Oslo, Norway
The Nordic Model in Research and Politics

Mr. Leif Pagrotsky
, Former Swedish Minister of Industry and Trade, and Minister for Education, Research and Culture
Mr. Guy Rolnik, TheMarker Magazine; University of Chicago, US

Prof. Gisela Dachs
, Hebrew University, Israel



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