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The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Welfare Machine: Immigration and Social Democracy in Twentieth-Century Sweden

Carly Elizabeth Schall

Abstract

Sweden is well known for the success of its welfare state. Many believe that success was made possible in part by the country's ethnic homogeneity and that the increased diversity of Sweden's population is putting its welfare state at risk. Few, however, have suggested convincing mechanisms for explaining the precise relationship between relative ethnic homogeneity/heterogeneity and the welfare state. This book acknowledges the important role of ethnic homogeneity in Sweden's thriving welfare state, but argues that it mattered primarily because political elites—especially social democrats—made ... More

Keywords: Sweden, welfare state, ethnic homogeneity, social democracy, immigration, social democratic hegemony, anti-immigrant sentiment, immigration policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780801456671
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801456671.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carly Elizabeth Schall, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis