Bo Rothstein

Göteborg University

Bo Rothstein, August Röhss professor of Political Science at Göteborg University, Sweden, will study the rise and fall of "the Swedish model," a unique political and economic system that for decades produced outstanding economic growth coupled with a generous welfare state. Rothstein illuminates the importance of trust in two key aspects of the Swedish model: stable alliances between unions and the ruling Social Democratic Party, and direct participation by major interest organizations in public policy formation. His work will explore why this system of "democratic corporatism" worked for so long and why it has now almost completely vanished, and what the consequences have been for Swedish democracy.

 

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