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The Quest for a Divided Welfare State

Sweden in the Era of Privatization

Authors: Lapidus, John

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  • Demonstrates how private delivery is a prerequisite for private funding of welfare
  • A pedagogic and useful text on changing welfare states
  • Highlights how new and semi-private welfare solutions are beneficial only for some groups and classes in society
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This book deals with the quest for a divided welfare state in Sweden. The prime example is the rapid rise of private health insurance, which now constitutes a parallel system characterized by state subsidies for some and not for others. This functions as a kind of reverse means-testing, whereby primarily the upper classes get state support for new types of welfare consumption. Innovatively, Lapidus explains how such a parallel system requires not only direct and statutory state support but also indirect support, for example, from infrastructure built for the public health system. He goes on to examine how semi-private welfare funding is dependent on private provision and how the so-called 'hidden welfare state' gradually erodes the visible and former universal welfare state model, in direct contrast to its own stated goals. 

Who benefits from privatized welfare? How are the privatization of delivery and the privatization of funding linked? How does this impact public willingness to pay tax? All of these questions and more are discussed in this accessible volume.

About the authors

John Lapidus got his PhD in 2015 at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and since then has been involved in a research project funded by the Torsten Söderberg Foundation. Before his academic career, Lapidus was involved in international cooperation, including working as the head of a small Swedish NGO in Nicaragua between 2006 and 2008. He has written two novels about his experiences in Zimbabwe and Nicaragua, and also worked as a journalist for several years.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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Hardcover 83,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-24783-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Quest for a Divided Welfare State
Book Subtitle
Sweden in the Era of Privatization
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24784-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24784-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24783-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 244
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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