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Sweden's post-war neutrality doctrine: active internationalism and ‘credible neutrality’

Christine Agius

in The Social Construction of Swedish Neutrality

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780719071522
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701263 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719071522.003.0005
Sweden's post-war neutrality doctrine: active internationalism and ‘credible neutrality’

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In the post-war years, Swedish social democracy developed into a hegemonic political force, and with it, neutrality took on a more defined meaning. Determined to ensure that neutrality would not be subject to the criticism it faced after the war, a ‘credible neutrality’ policy was crafted, centred around non-alliance, self-defence and consensus. Active internationalism characterised Sweden's foreign and security policy, and Sweden's ‘good offices’ as a neutral state cohered with domestic institutions such as the welfare state and the Swedish Model.

Keywords: Swedish Social Democratic Party; Welfare state; Swedish Model; Active internationalism

Chapter.  13888 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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