The Swedish Welfare State: Prospects and Contradictions

The Swedish Welfare State: Prospects and Contradictions

M. Donald Hancock

For decades the Swedish welfare state has simultaneously fascinated and troubled outsiders. After the rise of the Social Democrats to long-term political power in 1932 and their subsequent success in initiating a comprehensive program of social and educational reforms, sympathetic Western jour- nalists and social scientists began to celebrate the Swedish system as a "middle way" between capitalism and socialism, a "model for the world," and the "world's most modern society." L...

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