The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics

ISBN : 9780198803119

Jon Pierre
736 ページ
171 x 246 mm
Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics provides a state of the art analysis of political development in Sweden. Covering all essential aspects of politics in Sweden, this volume provides detailed accounts of policy making, governance, institutional arrangements, foreign relations, electoral behavior, the party system, the public administration, the constitutional framework, and the welfare state. The Handbook shows how many of the features that once were exceptional to Sweden, for example, the welfare state, the consensual policy making, the historical compromise between capital and labor, and the dominance of social democracy, are less prominent today compared to a few decades ago although they are still certainly present. Global forces, increasing affluence, and an ideological shift towards neo-liberalism have contributed to making Sweden more of an average European industrialized democracy.

The Handbook is divided into ten thematic Sections with four chapters and an Introduction in each Section. Thus, each theme is studied from different perspectives in order to provide the reader with a more multi-faceted picture of the political development in each theme.


Section 1: The Politics of the Welfare State (Section Editor: Bo Rothstein)
1 Bo Rothstein: Introduction
2 Stefan Svallfors: Who Loves the Swedish Welfare State? Attitude trends 1980-2010
3 Anders Lindbom: Political Partisanship and Policy Feedback: The Swedish Welfare State after Eight Years of Center-Right Government
4 Christina Bergqvist: The Welfare State and Gender Equality
5 Bo Rothstein: The Moral, Economic and Political Logic of the Swedish Welfare State

Section 2: Constitutional Design (Section Editor: Shirin Ahlback Oberg)
6 Shirin Ahlback Oberg: Introduction
7 Olof Petersson: Constitutional History
8 Jorgen Hermansson: The Election System
9 Tommy Moller: The Parliamentary System
10 Shirin Ahlback Oberg and Helena Wockelberg: The Public Sector and the Courts

Section 3: The Party System (Section Editors: Hanna Back and Gissur Erlingsson)
11 Hanna Back and Gissur O. Erlingsson: Introduction
12 Nicholas Aylott: The Party System
13 Gissur O. Erlingsson, Ann-Kristin Kolln and Patrik Ohberg: The Party Organizations
14 Peter Esaiasson and Lena Wangnerud: Political Parties and Political Representation
15 Hanna Back and Torbjorn Bergman: The Parties in Government Formation

Section 4: Electoral Behaviour (Section Editors: Soren Holmberg and Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson)
16 Soren Holmberg and Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson: Introduction
17 Richard Ohrvall: Voter Turnout
18 Maria Oskarson: The Never-Ending Story of Class-Voting in Sweden
19 Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson and Soren Holmberg: Issue Voting Structured by Left-Tight Ideology
20 Jesper Stromback: Swedish Election Campaigns

Section 5: Public Administration (Section Editor: Goran Sundstrom)
21 Goran Sundstrom: Introduction
22 Patrik Hall: The Swedish Administrative Model
23 Goran Sundstrom: Administrative Reform
24 Peter Ehn: The Public Servant
25 Bengt Jacobsson and Goran Sundstrom: Governing the State

Section 6: Subnational Government (Section Editor: Anders Lidstrom)
26 Anders Lidstrom: Introduction
27 Stig Montin: Municipalities, Regions, and County Councils: Actors and Institutions
28 David Feltenius: Subnational Government in a Multi-Level Perspective
29 Lars Niklasson: Challenges and Reforms of Local and Regional Governments in Sweden
30 Anders Lidstrom: Swedish Local and Regional Government in a European Context

Section 7: Sweden's International Relations (Section Editor: Ole Elgstrom)
31 Ole Elgstrom: Introduction
32 Ulf Bjereld and Ulrika Moller: Swedish Foreign Policy: The Policy of Neutrality and Beyond
33 Rikard Bengtsson: Sweden in the Baltic Sea Region
34 Annika Bergman Rosamond: Swedish Internationalism and Development Aid
35 Lisbeth Aggestam and Adrian Hyde-Price: A Force for Good? Paradoxes of Swedish Military Activism

Section 8: Sweden and the EU (Section Editor: Ulrika Morth)
36 Ulrika Morth: Introduction
37 Ulrika Morth: Sweden in a Multigovernance Polity
38 Bengt Jacobsson and Goran Sundstrom: The Europeanization of the Swedish State
39 Douglas Brommesson: The Europeanization of Swedish Foreign Policy and Beyond: On Multiple Roles in Swedish Post-Cold War Foreign Policy
40 Malena Rosen Sundstrom: Leading the European Union: Sweden's EU Presidencies 2001 and 2009

Section 9: The Political Economy of Swedish Governance (Section Editor: Johannes Lindvall)
41 Johannes Lindvall: Introduction
42 Jenny Andersson: A Model of Welfare Capitalism? Perspectives on the Swedish Model, Then and Now
43 Leif Lewin and Johannes Lindvall: One Hundred Years of Swedish Economic Policy
44 Lars Calmfors: The Swedish Macroeconomic Policy Framework
45 Torsten Svensson: The Swedish Model of Industrial Relations

Section 10: Policy Making in Sweden (Section Editor: Carl Dahlstrom)
46 Carl Dahlstrom: Introduction
47 Torsten Persson: Policy Coordination Under Minority and Majority Rule
48 Olof Petersson: Rational Politics: Commissions of Inquiry and the Referral System in Sweden
49 PerOla Oberg: Interest Organizations in the Policy Process: Interest Advocacy and Policy Advice
50 Ingvar Mattson: Parliamentary Committees: A Ground for Compromise and Conflict


Jon Pierre is Professor of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg and Professor of Public Governance at the University of Melbourne. He is author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of more than 25 books. Jon Pierre is editor of Debating Governance (Oxford University Press, 2000) and co-author (with Guy Peters) of Governance, Politics and the State (Palgrave, 2000) and Governing Complex Societies (Palgrave, 2005). His most recent books include Globalization and Governance (Edward Elgar, 2013) and (with Bengt Jacobsson and Goran Sundstrom) Governing the Embedded State (Oxford University Press, 2015). His work has also appeared in journals like Governance, Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Administration and Theory and Journal of European Public Policy.