The Swedish model and its future. Left Party protest against the EU, 2008: â€save the Swedish model!â€. Conservative party leader, 2006: â€Swedenâ€™s new workersâ€™ partyâ€. EHG025, 2 December 2010 Erik Bengtsson. Todayâ€™s lecture. I. The crisis of the model: criticisms from the Left and the Right
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Left Party protest against the EU, 2008: ”save the Swedish model!”
Conservative party leader, 2006: ”Sweden’s new workers’ party”
EHG025, 2 December 2010
Paris, May 1968
Wild strike in the Kiruna mines, 1969-70: ”we are not machines”
Cleaners’s strike, 1974-5
”Wage earner funds are the beginning – socialism is the end”. Demonstration against the wage earner fund proposal, 4 October 1983.
Ronald Reagan: elected president in 1980
Margaret Thatcher: elected prime minister 1979
Employers’ offensive: SAF in the 1970s increasingly political (neoliberal)
- Explanations: 1) power/watered out corporatism (Rothstein, Bergström)
2) Ideology (Johansson)
- In response, the trade unions too have to draw back from those boards
A ”new normal”
The Economist, 2006:
From Eurostat Yearbook 2009, p. 88
Figures for 2007
Sweden fifth highest youth unemployment in Europe!