For many decades, Sweden was seen as a model welfare state. Only with the onset of economic problems in the 1990s have successive governments felt compelled to curb social spending and abandon the goal of full employment. This book is about the changes introduced and the political, institutional and cultural resistance they encountered. Detailed accounts of changes to welfare services and benefits are included alongside specialist chapters devoted to areas where Sweden itself has claimed to be something of a leader - the care of the elderly, gender equality, employment issues and substance.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2001|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)|
About the Author
ARTHUR GOULD is Reader in Swedish Social Policy at the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University. He has published many articles on Swedish drug policy, the Swedish welfare state, long-term unemployment in Sweden and Swedish social policy and the EU. He is the author of Conflict and Control in Welfare Policy: the Swedish Experience (1988), Capitalist Welfare Systems: Japan, Britain and Sweden (1993), and co-author of Voices Within and Without: Responses to Long Term Unemployment in Germany, Sweden and Britain (1998).
Table of ContentsList of Tables Preface Acknowledgements Glossary Postmodern World..... ......Modern Society The 'People's Home' Political and Economic Change Social Insecurity: Benefits and Services Grey Policies: Caring for the Elderly The State of Women Responses to Unemployment The Restrictive Line: Alcohol and Drugs Apollo versus Dionysus Bibliography Index