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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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Social policy for security

Social policy for security

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Between Growth and Security

Jenny Andersson

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the changes in the 1970s as a gradual emergence of a new ideology in reaction to the critique of the late 1960s. This can be discussed in terms of an ideological crisis of social democracy. This crisis was directly related to the changed standing of the concept of growth in social democratic ideology. The rearticulation of growth from a solution to social problems to being the problem itself created profound tensions in the strong society's worldview. Chapter 3 discussed social democracy's initial reaction to the critique of the late 1960s, which was to retain and defend the strong society's framings and particularly the standing of growth in party ideology. But in the transition between the 1960s and 1970s, a gradual process began where the Swedish Social Democratic party's (SAP) defensive position and ambivalent reactions to the critique were replaced by ideological rearticulation and eventually with a break with the strong society's framings. In this process, the SAP incorporated the metaphors and definitions of the problem of social exclusion that had been put forward in critiques of party ideology in the late 1960s.

Keywords:   social democracy, social policy, growth, strong society, Swedish Social Democratic party, SAP

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