Sweden and human dignity

Chak Kwan and Graham Bowpitt

in Human dignity and welfare systems

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861344311
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302551 | DOI:
Sweden and human dignity

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This chapter studies the effectiveness of the Swedish model in improving the dignity of unemployed people. It tries to determine if the Swedish welfare state can protect the dignity of unemployed workers. It reveals that the dignity of these persons has been shaped by three important objectives of the Swedish government, namely equality, full employment and active workforce. The chapter also identifies two controversial issues, which are the exercise of autonomy and the disadvantaged position of unemployed persons who are receiving social assistance (SA).

Keywords: Swedish model; Swedish welfare state; full employment; equality; active workforce; autonomy; social assistance

Chapter.  9395 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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