What is the future of social democracy in the age of globalization? The Swedish model, _x000D_long the paradigm for socially responsible capitalism, was pronounced dead in _x000D_the 1990s, after a period of decline and disappointing economic performance. But a new _x000D_Swedish model has emerged and is thriving. How did this happen and what can we learn _x000D_from the Swedish experience?_x000D__x000D_Europeanization and globalization were expected to erode social democracy in Sweden, _x000D_placing limits on the power of organized labour to negotiate with capital. Unions were no _x000D_longer in a position to trade wage moderation for welfare gains, the argument went, as _x000D_neo-corporatism died and footloose capital dictated the rules of the political game. The _x000D_electoral decline of Swedish social democracy and the abandonment of corporatism as _x000D_an essential aspect of public policy made conditions even more difficult. Here Dimitris _x000D_Tsarouhas shows why and how the model did not die. _x000D__x000D_Tracing the emergence of the original model to its institutional and political origins, _x000D_he garners rich empirical evidence to show the resilience of the fundamental nature of _x000D_Swedish social democracy in the face of changing policies, institutions and labour relations. _x000D_Tsarouhas draws attention to the institutional build-up of the Swedish polity, the resources accumulated by the labour movement and the essentials of a system premised upon high skills, high product quality and the high taxes that go with them. Above all, this book _x000D_suggests a clear-cut yet immensely contentious policy lesson: in an age of globalization, _x000D_politics, and policy choices every step of the way, still matter. 'Social Democracy in _x000D_Sweden' is an important reassessment of European social democracy and the impact _x000D_of globalization, and offers important insights for the way forward.
Social Democracy in Sweden
The Threat from a Globalised World
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