The Beauteous Majesty of Consensual Law: The Role of Norms in the Danish Variety of Capitalism

Retfærd - Nordic Journal of Law and Justice, 40 (1), 24-45

22 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2017

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Ebrahim Afsah

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 22, 2017

Abstract

This article explores Danish political and legal culture from the vantage point of the varieties of capitalism literature which maintains that a small, open economy cannot hope to influence the framework of the externally imposed conditions of the global market, but needs to adjust through a variety of domestic economic, social and economic policies. An activist and expansive welfare state with strong emphasis on education, information-sharing and an efficient public sector seeks hereby to avoid the costs of adjustment threatening social cohesion and political stability. The resulting constitutional identity is thus marked by a pronounced sense of vulnerability to external economic shocks, necessitating a concerted effort to maintain an efficient and competitive private and public sector productive enough to pay for the high welfare levels that are deemed politically necessary for social stability. A distinct ideology of social partnership, and extreme degrees of trust in public institutions have consequently led to a highly cooperative legal culture marked by pragmatism, collaboration and consensus.

Keywords: Varieties of Capitalism, Danish Constitutional System, Political Economy, Industrial Espionage, Cyber Security, Right to Privacy, Surveillance, Welfare State, Taxation, Comparative Law

Suggested Citation

Afsah, Ebrahim, The Beauteous Majesty of Consensual Law: The Role of Norms in the Danish Variety of Capitalism (August 22, 2017). Retfærd - Nordic Journal of Law and Justice, 40 (1), 24-45, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3023977

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