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Sweden's welfare state [electronic resource] : can the bumblebee keep flying? / Subhash Thakur ... [et al.].

Contributor(s): Thakur, Subhash Madhav, 1946- | International Monetary Fund.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund, c2003Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 135 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9781451940046 (electronic bk.); 1451940041 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Sweden -- Economic policy | Sweden -- Economic conditions | Sweden -- Social conditions | Welfare state | Public welfare -- Sweden | Labor market -- Sweden | �Etat providence | Aide sociale -- Su�ede | March�e du travail -- Su�ede | Su�ede -- Politique �economique | Su�ede -- Conditions �economiques | Su�ede -- Conditions sociales | Verzorgingsstaat | Economische politiek | �Economie | Politique gouvernementale | March�e du travail | Politique �economique | �Etat-Providence | Su�ede | Wohlfahrtsstaat | Wirtschaftspolitik | Schweden | Economische politiek | March�e du travail | Politique gouvernementale | Politique �economique | Verzorgingsstaat | �Economie | �Etat-Providence | Su�ede | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Comparative | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic ConditionsGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Computer network resources. | Statistiques (Descripteur de forme)Additional physical formats: Print version:: Sweden's welfare state.DDC classification: 330.9485 Other classification: 71.80 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Main Elements of the Swedish Welfare State -- The Swedish Growth Experience -- Growth, Government, and the Welfare State -- Labor Market Interventions -- Investment and Savings -- Redistribution -- Pressures on the Welfare State -- Achievements, Lessons, and the Way Ahead.
Summary: Sweden has long been viewed as epitomizing a particular approach to economic and social policy. To its advocates, the Swedish welfare state builds on a strong social consensus favoring extensive state intervention to ensure a high quality of life for all Swedes. To its critics, the Swedish system is marked by excessive government intervention and attendant inefficiencies. These contrasting views are captured in imagery used by Prime Minister G��ran Persson: "Think of a bumblebee. With its overly heavy body and little wings, supposedly it should not be able to fly--but it does." The Swedish welfare state is the bumblebee that has managed to fly. This book draws on many years of IMF surveillance and policy advice to explain how it has done so, to assess the challenges that the Swedish model faces in the new century, to propose a strategy for dealing with those challenges, and to draw lessons for the many other countries that face similar challenges from globalization and demographics.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 118-128) and index.

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Main Elements of the Swedish Welfare State -- The Swedish Growth Experience -- Growth, Government, and the Welfare State -- Labor Market Interventions -- Investment and Savings -- Redistribution -- Pressures on the Welfare State -- Achievements, Lessons, and the Way Ahead.

Sweden has long been viewed as epitomizing a particular approach to economic and social policy. To its advocates, the Swedish welfare state builds on a strong social consensus favoring extensive state intervention to ensure a high quality of life for all Swedes. To its critics, the Swedish system is marked by excessive government intervention and attendant inefficiencies. These contrasting views are captured in imagery used by Prime Minister G��ran Persson: "Think of a bumblebee. With its overly heavy body and little wings, supposedly it should not be able to fly--but it does." The Swedish welfare state is the bumblebee that has managed to fly. This book draws on many years of IMF surveillance and policy advice to explain how it has done so, to assess the challenges that the Swedish model faces in the new century, to propose a strategy for dealing with those challenges, and to draw lessons for the many other countries that face similar challenges from globalization and demographics.

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