Reforming the Swedish employment-related social security system: activation, administrative modernization and strengthening local autonomy

Jörg Mathias*

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Abstract

The Swedish system of social security has often been regarded as comprehensive and comprehensive and inclusive. During major reforms in the 1990s and 2000s, it has maintained its essential character as a popular and well-endowed provider of social security and stability. Employment-related benefits are generous in financial terms, but come with the need for recipients to remain actively engaged in the economic or educational field. However, Sweden’s geographical and demographic diversity made it necessary to increase the role of local authorities in implementing active labour market policies. This article tracks these developments since the mid-1990s, both with regard to changing the benefits system and with regard to changing local government involvement. It argues that backed by broad political support, the Swedish system has achieved the necessary modernisation and adaptation to remain a viable alternative to more neo-liberal welfare retrenchment projects conducted in other European countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-39
Number of pages17
JournalRegional and federal studies
Volume27
Issue number1
Early online date1 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Regional & Federal Studies on 1/12/16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13597566.2016.1255605

Keywords

  • activation policy
  • local government
  • Sweden
  • welfare reform

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