The Success of small countries - why do they do better?
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Why are Switzerland and Singapore, with very few natural resources to speak of, arguably the most successful countries in the world?
What about Iceland, Costa Rica, Israel, Denmark, Uruguay and Mauritius – successes way beyond far bigger countries in their regions?
Some put it down to favourable geographic location, others to culture and values, and yet others to good governance and institutions. What is clear is that these countries are distinctive. They are spread across the world and have different political systems. They have vastly different histories and their populations are from different ethnic backgrounds.
- Is there something about being small that enables countries to make a virtue out of necessity?
- Are they forced to just be smarter?
- Are they able to be more nimble and less weighed down by the complexity that comes with size?
- Do they have the social solidarity to be able to do difficult things
We will look at several of the world’s most successful small countries to reach conclusions about why they succeed and whether their smallness is the main reason.
Moderator: John Simke
Date and Time: March 9 to March 30, 2017 (4 weeks), 2-4 PM
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
Maximum Class Size: 25
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