The model that climbed out the window - on globalisation and the future of the Swedish model (Summary)

Collective agreement Over time, the expression “the Swedish model” has come to be used to refer to almost everything that may be seen as having distinctive Swedish characteristics. But countries’ different models have historical and cultural roots. People in other countries as a rule prefer “their” model.

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 This is a summary of the report which  takes as its starting point the economic labour market model developed in Sweden in the 1950s and 1960s -  also called the Rehn/Meidner model after the two LO economists who set down the ideas on paper. We follow the model’s fortunes and adventures, discuss the forces that created the great shifts of the 1980s and 1990s, and conclude with some proposals for areas where the ideas of the Swedish model  can have an inspiring effect today.