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Between Growth and SecuritySwedish Social Democracy From a Strong Society to a Third Way$
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Jenny Andersson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074394

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074394.001.0001

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Between growth and security

Between growth and security

(p.5) 1 Between growth and security
Between Growth and Security

Jenny Andersson

Manchester University Press

This chapter begins by tracing the development of Swedish social policy from the 1930s to the 1950s. It then details the rise of third way policies, which have introduced a turnaround in the power hierarchy between economic and social objectives. The place of the economy in social democratic ideology has shifted decisively, from a sphere of intervention in the name of the social good, to a sphere largely outside of the realm of politics and ideology, one that is governed by the logic of forces that are understood as outside of political control. This naturalisation of the economy has resulted in new discourses around social reform—discourses that have centred in on the needs of the market economy. The book's main argument is then presented, that Swedish third way policies can be interpreted as a major ideological turnaround, in which growth took priority over security and security lost its role for growth.

Keywords:   Swedish social policy, social democracy, reformism, welfare state, third way

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