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Social Democracy in Neoliberal TimesThe Left and Economic Policy since 1980$
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The Late Andrew Glyn

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241378

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241378.001.0001

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Understanding Swedish Social Democracy: Victims of Success?

Understanding Swedish Social Democracy: Victims of Success?

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(p.21) 2 Understanding Swedish Social Democracy: Victims of Success?
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Social Democracy in Neoliberal Times
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Juhana Vartiainen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241378.003.0002

The chapter determines whether the ‘Swedish model’ in terms of social democracy is a successful endeavour or not and a constructive or a counter-productive activity. This requires an exploration of economic, social, and historical policy approaches, which is viewed as a collection of certain procedural programmes. With all the arguments presented, it is concluded that the appeal of the Swedish approach on the international level has diminished, and is now dominantly regarded as a failure. The chapter explicitly concentrates on the social democratic indicators of the Swedish paradigm. An assessment of the country's valuation of social democracy demonstrates coherent egalitarian ideologies and constant ‘heroic’ enterprise. The study is organised in three sections: the growth of the public sectors, the labour-market guiding principle, and the management of macroeconomic fundamentals.

Keywords:   Swedish model, social democracy, economics, social, history, labour-market model

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