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Trade unions in a changing political context: The case of Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2018 (English)In: Transfer - European Review of Labour and Research, ISSN 1024-2589, E-ISSN 1996-7284, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 137-149Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A common feature in almost all Western countries over the last 40 years has been the steady decline in trade union membership and subsequently a decline in the power and influence of unions. Moreover, in many countries trade union strength has relied upon longlasting relationships with social democratic parties or, in a minority of cases, communist parties. The trend over the last decades has been a weakening of traditional 'working-class' coalitions. The aim of this article is to discuss to what extent such features also exist in Sweden, a country long regarded as a stronghold of powerful social partners, the so-called Swedish Model. We will show that Sweden is also affected by the wider European trends but that there are important countervailing forces. At the moment, much hinges on the parliamentary election in 2018.

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SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD , 2018. Vol. 24, no 2, p. 137-149
Keywords [en]
Swedish Model, strong social partners, Swedish social democracy, Swedish labour movement, anti-immigration populism, falling trade union participation, minority governments
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356321DOI: 10.1177/1024258918762697ISI: 000432141100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-356321DiVA, id: diva2:1235234
Available from: 2018-07-24 Created: 2018-07-24 Last updated: 2018-07-24Bibliographically approved

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