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Samhällsdebatt i en nyliberal hegemoni: Hur Piketty diskuterades i svenska dagstidningar
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper aims towards discussing how inequality is discussed in swedish newspapers in an era where the neoliberal outlook is deeply rooted in society. This is done by studying Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the twenty-first century and how it was received and discussed in the largest newspapers as well as in think-tanks on both sides of the political spectrum. By first briefly describing the different views on inequality and a short review of how neoliberalism evolved the discussion is placed in a broader context. The papers results are that there seem to be two parallel debates taking place, one more focused on technocracy arguments and the other on the future with focus on broaders social views regarding justice and future outlooks on economy. The debate regarding technocracy is mainly driven by liberals who disagree with Piketty and his view of the world. By making the question about expertise Piketty’s claims can be discredited and his criticism of capitalism invalid. The debate regarding justice and future ways to distribute wealth is mostly discussed by those who agree with Piketty’s view on capitalism, which may be why they do not feel the need to engage in the technocracy debate as much. This split debate may result in difficulties to reach a common ground from were new policy can be made.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 28
Keywords [en]
hegemoni, Thomas Piketty, inequality, technocracy, social justice, social debate.
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History of Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-351505OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-351505DiVA, id: diva2:1210279
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History of Science and Ideas
Educational program
Systems in Technology and Society Programme
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Available from: 2018-06-19 Created: 2018-05-28 Last updated: 2018-06-19Bibliographically approved

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