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The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Welfare MachineImmigration and Social Democracy in Twentieth-Century Sweden$
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Carly Elizabeth Schall

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801456671

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801456671.001.0001

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1945–1950: Making the “People’s Home”

1945–1950: Making the “People’s Home”

(p.58) Chapter 2 1945–1950: Making the “People’s Home”
The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Welfare Machine

Carly Elizabeth Schall

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how postwar reorganization had thrown the Swedish “People's Home,” with SAP as creator and helmsman, into crisis. It discusses two coinciding crises in particular: one of closure-as-entry and one of closure-as-access to goods. The first involved the management of refugee migration. The second crisis arose as part of SAP's efforts to reclaim and to retain its title of “national party” and to use that position to begin to build a social-democratic welfare state. This struggle was framed by postwar fears of unemployment and by the need to capitalize on wartime unity to build a strong sense of solidaristic “peoplehood.” Hence SAP (and some other actors) used all three strategies—restriction, selection, and expansion—available to them to resolve these crises.

Keywords:   People's Home, refugee migration, social-democratic welfare state, postwar reorganization, postwar fears, restriction, selection, expansion, postwar crises

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