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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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1968–1975: Security, Equality, and Choice

1968–1975: Security, Equality, and Choice

Expanding the People’s Home

(p.87) Chapter 3 1968–1975: Security, Equality, and Choice
The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Welfare Machine

Carly Elizabeth Schall

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks closely at three key values that underlie both the Swedish welfare state and Swedish society: equality (jämlikhet), security (trygghet) and freedom of choice (valfrihet). All three values had driven reform in earlier periods, but they took on an explicitness and clarity that was new during this period. By this time, these three values were widespread, but also open to interpretation, which in turn had an effect on how the national community—how solidarity—was to be defined. Moreover, this period had already begun reaping the benefits of the groundwork laid out in the postwar era; hence this chapter also looks at the broader scope of the Swedish welfare state and how it had managed to avoid crises during this period.

Keywords:   equality, security, freedom of choice, solidarity, Swedish national community, reform

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