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11 Social democracy in Sweden (Feb 7)

11 Social democracy in Sweden (Feb 7) - COORDINATED/SOCIAL...

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COORDINATED/SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMIES IN NORTHERN EUROPE: SWEDEN Sweden: General features Centralized gov’t Parliamentary system, unicameral post 1970 PR: Social Dems, Center (Agrarian Pty), Liberals, Moderates, Greens, Democratic Left (ex-PC); Soc Dems dominant since 1930s; turnover only after 1976 High dependence on trade; extremely open eco Joins EU only in 1992; neutral country, not in NATO; not in euro group High levels of concentration in eco; little public ownership
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Universalistic, egalitarian welfare state: high “decommodification;” maintaining full employment key to sustaining it Major reforms in past 20 years, especially wrt collective bargaining structure, but not enough to amount to systemic change; from CE to CME, in Soskice’s terms
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Labor Two main labor federations: LO (private sector, blue collar); TCO (public sector, white collar). Latter’s expansion in 1970s. LO: Traditionally highly centralized, national level collective bgng ; only 15 unions in federation; federation bargained for all (until 1983) Why so centralized: a.Size?
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