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Between Growth and Security: Swedish Social Democracy From a Strong Society to a Third Way

Jenny Andersson


Social policy is not a cost, but a productive investment, wrote the Swedish social democratic economist Gunnar Myrdal in 1932, the year the Swedish social democrats (SAP) gained electoral power. This notion of social policy as a productive investment and a prerequisite for economic growth became a core feature in the ideology of Swedish social democracy, and a central component of the universalism of the Swedish welfare state. However, as the SAP embarked on its Third Way in 1981, this outlook on social policy as a productive investment was replaced by the identification of social policy as a ... More

Keywords: social policy, Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish social democrats, SAP, productive investment, economic growth, universalism, Swedish welfare state, Third Way, strong society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780719074394
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jenny Andersson, author