Defending the Swedish Model

Defending the Swedish Model : Social Democrats, Trade Unions, and Labor Migration Policy Reform

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This book explores why the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP) and the allied Swedish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) have been reluctant to embrace calls from employers and bourgeois parties to liberalize Sweden's restrictive third-party national labor migration policy. Gregg Bucken-Knapp shows that the SAP and LO evaluate proposed labor migration policy reforms on the basis of whether they are seen as consistent with, or threatening to, the Swedish model.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 178 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 22mm | 399.16g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739138162
  • 9780739138168

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Chapter One. Labor Migration and Migration Policy Chapter 2 Chapter Two. Labor Migration and the Preservation of the Swedish Model Chapter 3 Chapter Three. Rejecting Calls for Deregulation of Labor Migration Policy: LO, the SAP, and the 2002 Parliamentary Election Campaign Chapter 4 Chapter Four. The Battle to Preserve an Incentive-Compatible Labor Migration Policy Chapter 5 Chapter Five. Labor Migration and the Eastward Enlargement of the European Union: Understanding the Divergent Preferences of the SAP and LO Chapter 6 Chapter Six. Labor Migration and the Swedish Model, At Home and Abroad
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Review quote

Defending the Swedish Model provides an insightful and highly original account of Swedish labour migration policy. Gregg Bucken-Knapp's close specification of the relationship between migration, labour markets and the welfare state also means that this book will be of interest to all scholars of contemporary European migration policy and politics. -- Andrew Geddes, University of Sheffield Gregg Bucken-Knapp has written an important study of labor migration policy in Sweden that reveals how strongly the views of the country's social democratic party and trade unions are tied up with its concerns to protect a distinctive "Swedish model" built up over the entire postwar era. This book will be valuable not only for students of Swedish politics but also for anyone interested in understanding the politics of labor migration and the dilemmas of the left in Europe today. -- Sheri Berman, Columbia University A welcome addition to our understanding of changes in the composition of Sweden's labor force, the capacity of states to regulate labor in a global age, and which groups advocate differing directions of change at critical-decision making moments in the evolution of the Swedish model of welfare capacity. Scandinavian Studies
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About Gregg Bucken-Knapp

Gregg Bucken-Knapp is senior lecturer in politics at the University of Stirling, UK.
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