International Symposium "The utility of the “Swedish model”?"

  • Date: –17:30
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
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  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Phone: 018 471 1630
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The modern welfare state is a Prussian (“Bismarckian”) invention, born in 1881. The Swedish welfare state is of a somewhat later date and also incorporates British (Fabian) influences. The emergence of the welfare state is yet another case of Swedish-German reciprocity, with theoretical influences from the Verein für Sozialpolitik.

The Swedish model might be young. It has however very old roots – at least 500 years – and is in fact a model for both Prussian and Russian state formation. Axel Oxenstierna’s impartial bureaucracy is the core of this heritage (independent state agencies), with non-corruption as core element, in a perhaps naïve basic trust between the state and the individual.

In this symposium the Swedish model as such is not the main focus. It is a “strawman”, with selective relevance. The discrepancy between image and the “real thing” opens for an evaluation of the utility of the Swedish experience in modern Europe, especially in new independent states in transition, after the implosion of the Soviet Empire.

To access the programme kindly see the attached file below.

The symposium is open to researchers and PhD-students.

If you wish to attend the symposium, please sign up by email to Mattias Vesterlund mattias.vesterlund@ires.uu.se

For further information, please contact symposium organizer Sven Eliaesson sven.eliaeson@ires.uu.se

The event is free of charge.

Warmly welcome!

 

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