Sweden - Cultural and Institutional Dimensions of Developing and Reforming Social Security Systems

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Abstract

The paper gives a brief presentation of the cultural and institutional specificities of Sweden and how these cultural and institutional specificities impact the development of the Swedish social welfare system over periods of change, transition and strategic adjustment. The paper concludes by presenting a suggestion of a new view of the relationship between culture and social welfare systems, which questions the ability of neo-liberal ideology and political-institutional alignments to suceed if they abandon traditional cultural and institutional demands of balancing the dual social security goals of efficiency and equality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Papers in Social Policy, Industrial Relations, Working Life and Mobility
EditorsDenis Frank, Anders Kjellberg, Antoinette Hetzler
PublisherDepartment of Sociology, Lund University
Number of pages19
Volume2010:1
ISBN (Print)91-7267-307-9
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event5th International Conference on Social Security for Asia - Beijing, China
Duration: 2009 Sep 112009 Sep 13

Publication series

Name
Volume2010:1

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Social Security for Asia
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period2009/09/112009/09/13

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Keywords

  • social change
  • cultural change
  • Swedish social welfare
  • social security
  • institutional demands and welfare
  • sociology
  • sociologi

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