Obfuscating Retrenchment: Swedish Welfare Policy in the 1990s
2007 (English)In: Journal of Public Policy, ISSN 0143-814X, E-ISSN 1469-7815, Vol. 27, no 2, 129-150 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Cutbacks in thirteen Swedish transfer programmes are analysed to evaluate the argument that explaining welfare retrenchment is a different enterprise from explaining welfare expansion. The conclusion is that the ‘New politics of welfare’ is of major importance in the Swedish context, not only in the Anglo-Saxon context that Paul Pierson studied. Programmes relatively susceptible to non-transparent reforms have suffered larger cutbacks than other programs. Non-indexed programmes present opportunities for cutbacks by non-decision and are particularly vulnerable to obfuscation. Hence we have a politics of blame-avoidance rather than one of credit-claiming. Pensions are among the least targeted for cuts because pensioners’ organisations that emerged as the welfare state matured have gained influence at the cost of unions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2007. Vol. 27, no 2, 129-150 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288082DOI: 10.1017/S0143814X07000645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-288082DiVA: diva2:923918