Sweden: ambivalent adjustment

Ola Sjöberg

in Regulating the Risk of Unemployment

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592296
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731471 | DOI:
Sweden: ambivalent adjustment

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The chapter argues that the development of unemployment protection in Sweden, especially since the early 1990s, has been particularly ambivalent. While the voluntary state-subsidized system has been formally preserved, unemployment protection overall has become less generous and encompassing, and there has also been increased differentiation between a core group who had a stable attachment to the labour market before they became unemployed and others. Economic incentives to work have been emphasized by all major political actors and there has been a homogenization of benefit levels in the public system, but the overall benefit package has meanwhile become increasingly differentiated due to the growing role of private and collectively negotiated benefits. Active measures have also been developed, but are increasingly used as an extended form of income security. It is argued that these developments should be understood in the light of a changed economic policy paradigm, budgetary strain, and ideological change among political actors.

Keywords: unemployment protection; Sweden; ambivalent; incentives; economic policy; ideological change; political actors

Chapter.  10607 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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