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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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A new Swedish Identity? Bildt, Europe and neutrality in the post-Cold War era

A new Swedish Identity? Bildt, Europe and neutrality in the post-Cold War era

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(p.142) 6A new Swedish Identity? Bildt, Europe and neutrality in the post-Cold War era
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The Social Construction of Swedish Neutrality
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Christine Agius

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719071522.003.0007

At the turn of the 1990s, domestic and external changes would make a decisive impact on Swedish identity and neutrality. Carl Bildt's non-socialist coalition broke the hegemonic position of the Social Democratic Party, instigating a new approach to the Swedish Model, Europe, and neutrality. Bildt wanted to steer Sweden away from the past towards a European identity where neutrality had no place. An equally powerful challenge came from the external realm, where the collapse of bipolarity appeared to make neutrality obsolete. The meaning of security expanded beyond traditional definitions that focused on the state. The 1990s was a significant period for neutrality per se as many neutral states struggled to understand their place in the new post-Cold War world. For Bildt, neutrality was no longer an appropriate way to describe Swedish security policy.

Keywords:   Bildt, Post-Cold War, European integration, Security

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