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Research Colloquium: Trust and Welfare
Date: 30 April 2012 

SMLC Research Colloquium:

Trust and Welfare

Mrs Kristina Tolinsson Ting
PhD Candidate (European Studies)

Date: 30 April 2012 (Monday)
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: KK Leung Room 1105

The sustainability of the Nordic Model of welfare, characterized by extensive social responsibility and equality, has been explained by high levels of social trusts. Social trust is also correlated to a wide range of positive outcomes in social, political and economical fields and current research indicates that trusting societies do better. Trust is a valuable asset for societies seeking cohesion but the causal direction between trust and welfare policies is not verified and different approaches exist seeking to explain if trust is a prerequisite of welfare or if welfare creates trust. I will discuss some tentative findings indicating that trust can be created and that the Nordic Model generates trust by its institutional design.

* All students taking the Research Colloquium course must attend. Other staff and students are also welcome.

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