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The Merchant and the Guardian - Ideological Economism: A Challenge to the Welfare State

Thörn, Philip (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
In this essay I try to sort out whether or not the welfare state is being challenged. My theoretical approach is based on the assumption that there has been a shift in the state-market relationship; the market has gained influence, while the state has lost influence. I approach the issue by examining and comparing the international and the Swedish academic debate on whether or not the welfare state is being challenged. When examining the international debate I have tried to include as many of the ?big players? as possible. When studying the Swedish debate I have mainly focused scholars associated with: SNS and SOFI. Quite surprisingly the Swedish debate on the matter differs substantially from the international debate. There is more or... (More)
In this essay I try to sort out whether or not the welfare state is being challenged. My theoretical approach is based on the assumption that there has been a shift in the state-market relationship; the market has gained influence, while the state has lost influence. I approach the issue by examining and comparing the international and the Swedish academic debate on whether or not the welfare state is being challenged. When examining the international debate I have tried to include as many of the ?big players? as possible. When studying the Swedish debate I have mainly focused scholars associated with: SNS and SOFI. Quite surprisingly the Swedish debate on the matter differs substantially from the international debate. There is more or less a consensus in the international debate that the challenge to the welfare state is ideological rather than economical. The Swedish debate, however, primarily concerns whether or not an extensive public sector is economically sustainable. I present a number of reasons why the Swedish debate differs: economists increased influence in the political debate; a window of opportunity; path-dependency; boundary ordering device and also the question of responsibility for the 1991 crisis. (Less)
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author
Thörn, Philip
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
welfare state, State-Market relationship, European social models, public sector, growth, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1329561
date added to LUP
2006-04-19
date last changed
2006-04-19
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  abstract     = {In this essay I try to sort out whether or not the welfare state is being challenged. My theoretical approach is based on the assumption that there has been a shift in the state-market relationship; the market has gained influence, while the state has lost influence. I approach the issue by examining and comparing the international and the Swedish academic debate on whether or not the welfare state is being challenged. When examining the international debate I have tried to include as many of the ?big players? as possible. When studying the Swedish debate I have mainly focused scholars associated with: SNS and SOFI. Quite surprisingly the Swedish debate on the matter differs substantially from the international debate. There is more or less a consensus in the international debate that the challenge to the welfare state is ideological rather than economical. The Swedish debate, however, primarily concerns whether or not an extensive public sector is economically sustainable. I present a number of reasons why the Swedish debate differs: economists increased influence in the political debate; a window of opportunity; path-dependency; boundary ordering device and also the question of responsibility for the 1991 crisis.},
  author       = {Thörn, Philip},
  keyword      = {welfare state,State-Market relationship,European social models,public sector,growth,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Merchant and the Guardian - Ideological Economism: A Challenge to the Welfare State},
  year         = {2006},
}