A1 Journal article (refereed)
On the trail of local welfare innovations in rural Finland (2019)

Rantamäki, N., & Kattilakoski, M. (2019). On the trail of local welfare innovations in rural Finland. Regional Science Policy & Practice, 11(2), 329-343. https://doi.org/10.1111/rsp3.12213

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Rantamäki, Niina; Kattilakoski, Mari

Journal or series: Regional Science Policy & Practice

eISSN: 1757-7802

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 11

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 329-343

Publisher: Regional Science Association International

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/rsp3.12213

Publication open access: Not open

Publication channel open access:

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65734


In Finland, the rural areas have been most affected by the developments threatening the survival of the welfare state as well as by conflicting efforts to save it. However, there are rural communities that have—as a response to the mainstream policy emphasizing economic efficiency and individual responsibility—developed innovative solutions to secure their welfare. Based on a case study focusing on two of such communities, these local welfare innovations are a result from a combination of external causes and local resources including the sense of community and a diverse enough community structure. The authors argue that in the context of welfare policy, the promotion of local welfare innovation calls for a comprehensive approach, which considers the broader viability dimension of the communities and works towards it in tight collaboration with various actors from different policy fields and societal sectors.

Keywords: welfare policy; welfare and wellbeing economy; social innovations; development programmes; countryside; rural communities

Free keywords: associations; clubs; committees; government policy; provision and effects of welfare programmes; regional economic activity: growth, development, and changes; social choice; welfare economics

Contributing organizations

Related projects

Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

JUFO rating: 1

Last updated on 2023-10-01 at 16:24