Transformations of the Swedish Welfare State

Transformations of the Swedish Welfare State

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In the early 1990s, a centre-right government declared that they would implement a 'system shift' in Sweden, often perceived as a 'model country' in the context of welfare policy discourse. The neoliberal ideology inspiring this shift had already influenced the Social Democratic government's of the mid-1980s, in its attempts to find a way out of the economic problems of the 1970s. It was not until the 1990s, however, that an increasing number of social spheres, and a substantial part of the population, started to become seriously affected by the cutbacks in the public sector and the re-organization of the welfare system. Using an analytical framework based on Michel Foucault'sconcept of governmentality, this volume contributes unique case studies of the ongoing transformations of the Swedish welfare state. Contributors with long research experience in their respective fields take a close look at what kind of changes have taken place, what their rationalities were, and what the effects have been.... a continuous expansion of stateproduced welfare services basedontaxationand aimed at reducing social inequalities and individual ... deregulations, deficit reduction, inflation control, benefit cutsand balanced budgets rather than full employment and redistribution of income. ... Sweden joined the European Union in 1995, asa confirmation of thefundamental change that the Swedish national welfareanbsp;...

Title:Transformations of the Swedish Welfare State
Author: Bengt Larsson, Martin Letell, Håkan Thörn
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2012-01-25

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