Special Issue "Promoting Well-Being, Health Equity, and Citizenship through Inclusive Democratic Innovation"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ottar Ness
Guest Editor
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
Interests: recovery; recovery-oriented practice; mental health; substance abuse; citizenship; relational welfare; well-being; social justice; participatory action research
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Ms. Dina von Heimburg
Guest Editor
Nord University/Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Noway
Interests: health promotion; well-being; health equity; social justice; public value; co-creation; democratic innovation; community; sustainable development; participatory research
Dr. Johan Vamstad
Guest Editor
Centre for Civil Society Research, Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College,Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: civil society; co-production; welfare state; welfare mix; social policy; citizenship; participatory democracy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is an urgent need for political consensus to achieve sustainable development of societies. This includes the quest for equal opportunities for citizens to achieve wellbeing. However, political parties and political views are becoming more polarized, people are becoming more disengaged, and those affected by low levels of wellbeing tend to be excluded from democratic processes. The voices of excluded citizens need to be included and recognized if democracy is to pursue wellbeing for all. The inclusion of such groups is a promising approach to reducing inequities and to building strong foundations for more sustainable development of societies and deepening of democracy, aligned with social justice and wellbeing of societies. Democratic innovation is needed—the question is, how?

This Special Issue welcomes papers examining democratic innovation aiming to promote well-being, health equity, and citizenship for all.

For this Special Issue, we invite you to submit articles on high-quality original research, reviews or perspective articles that provide new and robust discoveries that broaden current knowledge. The relevance for practice should be emphasized.

Prof. Dr. Ottar Ness
Ms. Dina von Heimburg
Dr. Johan Vamstad
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • democratic innovation
  • social justice
  • well-being
  • public value
  • human rights
  • co-creation
  • citizenship
  • social inclusion
  • participatory democracy
  • deliberation

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Globalization, Work, and Health: A Nordic Perspective
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(20), 7661; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207661 - 21 Oct 2020
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The Nordic countries are among the world’s leading countries in international rankings on prosperity, productivity, social equity, trust, and health. Such positive results may be linked to how these countries have organized their working life. The aim of this article is to describe [...] Read more.
The Nordic countries are among the world’s leading countries in international rankings on prosperity, productivity, social equity, trust, and health. Such positive results may be linked to how these countries have organized their working life. The aim of this article is to describe core elements of the Nordic working life model (emphasizing Norway) and discuss how globalization may challenge the model, and thereby influence public health. Based on an extensive review of relevant research, we show that the Nordic working life model with a coordinated wage bargaining system between well-organized employers and employees results in productive enterprises, small wage differences, good working environments, and a high level of well-being. Global trends of liberalization of working life, increased labor migration, the platform economy, reduced unionization, and more precarious work challenge the Nordic working life model and its reliance on standard working contracts. Such a trend may result in increased inequity, reduced generalized trust, and poorer public health. Politicians and other stakeholders in the Nordic countries should cope appropriately with globalization and technological changes so that the Nordic countries will uphold their well-organized working life and good societal achievements. Full article
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