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Democracy and the Economy in Finland and Sweden since 1960, A Nordic Perspective on Neoliberalism, by Ilkka Kärrylä

Democracy and the Economy in Finland and Sweden since 1960, A Nordic Perspective on Neoliberalism, by Ilkka Kärrylä
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Democracy and the Economy in Finland and Sweden since 1960
electronic resource
Nature of contents
Responsibility statement
by Ilkka Kärrylä
Series statement
Palgrave Studies in Political HistorySpringer eBooks.
Sub title
A Nordic Perspective on Neoliberalism
This book explores the relationship between democracy and the economy in contemporary political thought and policy-making. Using the concepts of economic, industrial and enterprise democracy, the author focuses on the history of Finland and Sweden during the latter part of the twentieth century. The three concepts are discussed in relation to various political groups, such as social democrats, conservatives and liberals, and the reforms that they were associated with, painting a picture of changing economic thought in the Nordic countries, and the West more generally. Arguing that the concept of democracy has evolved from representative parliamentary democracy towards 'participation' in civil society, this book demonstrates how the ideal of individual freedom and choice has surpassed collective decision-making. These shared characteristics between Finland, Sweden and other Western countries challenge the view that the Nordic countries have been exceptional in resisting neoliberalism. In fact, as this book shows, neoliberalism has been influential to the Nordics since the 1970s. Offering an innovative and conceptual perspective on European political history, this book will appeal to scholars interested in Nordic political history and modern European history more generally. Ilkka Kärrylä is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland. He received his doctorate in Political History from the University of Helsinki in 2020. He specializes in the political and intellectual history of Europe and the Nordic countries, especially the history of economic thought and policy.--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Economic Democracy as a Contested Concept -- 3. Enterprise Democracy: Employee Power or Consultative Cooperation? -- 4. Collective Ownership as a Form of Economic Democracy -- 5. New Economic Paradigm Narrows the Horizon of Democratization -- 6. Final Struggles for Economic Democracy -- 7. From Democratization to Liberalization -- 8. Conclusion

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