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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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The End of Social-Democratic Hegemony

The End of Social-Democratic Hegemony

(p.162) Chapter 5 The End of Social-Democratic Hegemony
The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Welfare Machine

Carly Elizabeth Schall

Cornell University Press

This chapter chronicles two clear trends arising from three hotly contested, difficult-to-predict elections during the 2006–2014 period in Sweden. The first of these is a newly stable and consistent support for the center-right which has had material consequences for the way goods are distributed in an increasingly marketized Swedish economy, pushing individual responsibility and freedom of choice over community and solidarity. The second of these is the rise of the anti-immigrant far right, manifested most clearly in the electoral successes of the Sweden Democrats. This success can be seen as an indicator that there is a crisis of closure-as-entry as questions of belonging have become increasingly acute. Increasingly, the left has been concerned primarily with an individualistic “antiracism” over structural concerns about integration, a concern that brings into sharp focus the idea that the welfare state is no longer the machine for integration, even for the left.

Keywords:   elections, Swedish economy, antiracism, integration, anti-immigrant far right

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