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Resilient privatization: the puzzling case of for-profit welfare providers in Sweden
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Instututet för framtidsstudier.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7664-3705
Instututet för framtidsstudier.
2019 (English)In: Socio-Economic Review, ISSN 1475-1461, E-ISSN 1475-147X, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 745-765Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we analyse the striking resilience of for-profit care and service provisionin what has often been seen as the archetypical social democratic welfare state:Sweden. We focus on the strategic discursive activities of private companies andtheir business organizations as they try to influence perceptions, organize actorsand facilitate communication to defend profit-making in the welfare sector in theface of increasing conflict and opposition. We argue that taking such organized actioninto account changes dominant perceptions about the characteristics of theSwedish political economy, and carries important lessons for analyses of changesin the organization of the welfare state in general.

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Oxford University Press, 2019. Vol. 17, no 3, p. 745-765
Keywords [en]
employers, liberalization, political sociology, public sector, Scandinavia, welfare state
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Sociology
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Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34629DOI: 10.1093/ser/mwy005ISI: 000510402600011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85074934166OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34629DiVA, id: diva2:1183334
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Swedish Research Council, 421-2014-962
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A correction has been published:

Socio-Economic Review, Volume 16, Issue 3, July 2018, Page 685, https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwy015

Available from: 2018-02-16 Created: 2018-02-16 Last updated: 2020-03-04Bibliographically approved

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