Sweden -The deconstruction of the Swedish social model -May 12, 2015

Decentralised bargaining and private mediation in present Swedish social model.

Even among its critics, the Swedish model was often regarded as a successful synthesis between capitalism and socialism, between free enterprise and social planning. Most observers agree that the following characteristics could be attributed to it: a relatively decommodified wage relation (independent from market forces), public commitment to full employment, welfare state universalism, a large social service sector, egalitarianism (in particular with regards to women) and a class compromise between capital, labour and farmers (and later also white collar workers). However, the country has embraced the free market ideology and the financialisation has become highly visible; the wage negotiation process, based on consensus and solidarity, has been replaced by a system based upon decentralised bargaining and private mediation.

English: http://column.global-labour-university.org/2015/05/the-swedish-model-in-2015 …   

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