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1. Governing complexity

The intensified global interdependency poses complex questions for the efficacy and legitimacy of governance and democratic policy-making. Environmental sustainability, human mobility, cultural diversity, economic uncertainty and generational shifts – and their intersections – cause new kinds of social tensions and political mobilisation.

As these global trends are articulated in the context of Nordic welfare regimes, they take specific forms and bring forth the strengths and weaknesses of that model. This opens up a need and an opportunity for research. We need insights into how global policy models and their local actualisations interact, how changes are constructed and justified, how different social sectors interact and how they need to overlap. Increasingly complex problems demand bringing citizens and consumers to new kinds of roles in both shaping policies and their innovative adaption.

Future tasks are related to innovative re-thinking about the interface between public and private sectors, the participation modes of citizens and consumers, and the translation of research-based evidence to decision-making. They also demand a better understanding of the nature and interconnections of specific problems – such as welfare policies, conflict resolution and security, human mobility and the dynamics of innovation – and the ways their solutions can be justified.

That is why more comparative and transnationally interactive research designs are vital. In this work, Finnish social research can draw from the achievements of the Nordic welfare model and democracy and help shape the model in the rapidly changing conditions.

The New Social Research (NSR) programme can also draw from the work of several research groups that produce locally anchored but globally contextualised, comparative insights on transnational processes of policy building. The cutting edge at UTA also focuses on both generic questions of transnational policy interaction and on a range of specific, overlapping areas of critically important policy choices, such as developing welfare regimes, the changing structures of innovation and economic policy, and the dynamics of working life.

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