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Changing Swedish Welfare State – Toward a More Flexible Model
Abstract: This paper examines a number of traditional
characteristics of the Swedish welfare state, and discusses how they have
been changed over time, especially since the economic crisis in the early
1990s. It emphasizes that the country did not only suffer from the economic
crisis and recent environmental changes, but also took advantage of them to
overcome various endogenous weaknesses of the traditional model. While our
observation might be skewed to optimism reflecting recent economic success,
Sweden seems to have gained its flexibility, which looks more appropriate
as a state model in the era of very changeable socio-economic circumstances
at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Keywords: Sweden; welfare state; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H11; (follow links to similar papers)
22 pages, January 31, 2001
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