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The Social Construction of Swedish NeutralityChallenges to Swedish Identity and Sovereignty$
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Christine Agius

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071522

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071522.001.0001

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Sweden's post-war neutrality doctrine: active internationalism and ‘credible neutrality’

Sweden's post-war neutrality doctrine: active internationalism and ‘credible neutrality’

(p.90) 4Sweden's post-war neutrality doctrine: active internationalism and ‘credible neutrality’
The Social Construction of Swedish Neutrality

Christine Agius

Manchester University Press

In the post-war years, Swedish social democracy developed into a hegemonic political force, and with it, neutrality took on a more defined meaning. Determined to ensure that neutrality would not be subject to the criticism it faced after the war, a ‘credible neutrality’ policy was crafted, centred around non-alliance, self-defence and consensus. Active internationalism characterised Sweden's foreign and security policy, and Sweden's ‘good offices’ as a neutral state cohered with domestic institutions such as the welfare state and the Swedish Model.

Keywords:   Swedish Social Democratic Party, Welfare state, Swedish Model, Active internationalism

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