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By Dimitris Tsarouhas

What's the way forward for social democracy within the age of globalization? The Swedish version, lengthy the paradigm for socially in charge capitalism, was once suggested lifeless within the Nineties, yet a brand new Swedish version has emerged and is prospering. Europeanization and globalization have been anticipated to erode social democracy, putting limits at the strength of prepared hard work to barter with capital. right here Dimitris Tsarouhas exhibits why and the way this didn't occur. Tracing the emergence of the unique version to its institutional and political origins, he garners wealthy empirical proof to teach the resilience of the basic nature of Swedish social democracy within the face of fixing regulations, associations and hard work family members. This publication is a crucial reassessment of ecu social democracy and the impression of globalization.

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Such an interpretation of economic and political behaviour denies the multiplicity of identities inherent in policy actors. 81 As the discussion on institutionalism will hopefully make clear, interests themselves are a particular interpretation of reality. This interpretation is a result of ideas and predispositions. Interests are endogenized understandings of what constitutes a beneficial policy outcome. Contrary to rational choice assumptions, they are not objectively given. 82 In other words, ideas and interests interact at their very core to the extent that interests constitute a particular, context-specific sub-set of ideas.

Stability and rationality of preferences make a great deal of sense when applied to consumer choice. 92 To maximize utility, actors adopt a calculus approach to behaviour in order to derive the maximum benefit possible from their interaction with the surrounding environment. 95 Also, individual behaviour is deemed optimal with regard to the institutional surroundings in which it takes place. 96 The inevitable outcome of rational choice calculations is that socio-economic factors are given analytical and explanatory priority in the explanation of political phenomena.

119 Trade unions have reacted to the desirability of closer EU integration and collaboration with other European unions based on their position in the production hierarchy. 120 Chapter 6 brings together the main findings of previous chapters and applies them to the contemporary policy context. Can Sweden still be placed in the category of concertated labour market INTRODUCTION 29 regimes, or has the break with the past been of a structural nature? The chapter also investigates the relationship between the two wings of the labour movement.

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