Life style welfare: How the New Class has transformed the Scandinavian Welfare State.

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Review
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Klaus Solberg Søilen
Title: Life style welfare: How the New Class has transformed the Scandinavian Welfare State.
Journal: Telos
Year: 2009
Volume: 148
Pagination: 73-85
ISSN: 0090-6514
Publisher: Telos Press
URI/DOI: 10.3817/0909148073
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/mam/
Authors e-mail: kss@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Three hypotheses are presented in this article, each supported by observations and theory. The first is that party distinctions in Scandinavian politics have ceased to be vehicles for coherent ideas related to political ideologies, but that parties instead have become machines to stay in power and keep supporters employed. The second is that the tradition among political parties in Scandinavia and especially in Sweden for accepting federalist measures as a response to central state inefficiencies has been checked by the development of the welfare state. It can only regain momentum through external pressure. The third is that the Scandinavia welfare state model has shifted from one of providing support to the needy to a party guaranteeing the middle class a certain life-style.
Keywords: Economics, Critical Theory, New Class Theory, Evolutionary Theory
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