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Wed Nov 11, 2015, 01:17 PM

Bernie Sanders says Denmark is socialist. Forbes says it’s the most business-friendly country.

When Bernie Sanders said in his debate with Hillary Clinton that Denmark was a socialist country, which the United States ought to consider emulating, it created a big debate. Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen weighed in, saying that his country had a market economy, not a planned economy.

Cathie Jo Martin and Kathleen Thelen are scholars of comparative political economy who have recently written books that talk about the Danish model. Martin is a professor of political science at Boston University; her book with Duane Swank, “The Political Construction of Business Interests,” asks why businesses in countries like Denmark are willing to work with social partners to shape active policies on labor. Thelen is the Ford professor of political science at MIT. Her book “Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity” examines how Denmark has found a way to deal with global market pressures that eludes many other European countries. The interview has been lightly edited for style.


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Reply Bernie Sanders says Denmark is socialist. Forbes says it’s the most business-friendly country. (Original post)
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Wed Nov 11, 2015, 02:03 PM

1. In the U.S. healthcare, retirement and such was a perk that businesss out of the goodness

of their heart gave to employees. And to entice employees of other companies to join the other business because they offered a better perk. Denmark if I am not mistaken in Denmark the basic needs of the public is not provided by business but by the government thus taking the burden off of business so business only has to worry about business. Wonderful solution.

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