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The Nordic Future of Work

Drivers, Institutions, and Politics

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The Nordic future of work How will work and working life in the Nordic countries change in the future? This is the question to be addressed in the project The Future of Work: Opportunities and Challenges for the Nordic Models. This initial report describes the main drivers and trends expected to shape the future of work. It also reviews the main distinctions of the Nordic model and recent developments in Nordic working lives, pointing towards the kind of challenges the future of work may pose to the Nordic models. Too often, debates about the future narrowly focus on changes in technology. This report draws attention to the broader drivers and political-institutional frameworks influencing working life developments, aiming to spur debate about how the interaction of changes in demography, climate, globalization and digital technologies may influence Nordic working lives in the coming decades.

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The future of work: Main drivers and trends

How will work and working life change in the future? Will new technologies destroy large numbers of jobs and propel joblessness or will rising productivity and value added spur creation of more, new and better jobs? Which kinds of work and skills will decline, and which will grow? How will the changes affect labour markets, work environments, working conditions, employment relationships, and the regulation of working life? Will the Nordic model become a casualty, an obstacle or a resource in the changing future of work? These are the kinds of questions the project “The Future of Work: Opportunities and Challenges for the Nordic Models” is commissioned to examine. In this initial report, we describe the main drivers and trends expected to shape the future of work, outline central features of the Nordic working life model, and conclude by pointing to the kinds of pressures for change and renewal the future of work may pose to the Nordic models.

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