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From shared resources to shared values

Chapter in book
Authors Marie Demker
Published in Culture, health and religion at the millennium. Sweden unparadised.
Pages 51-76
ISBN 978-1-137-47222-9
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of publication New York
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 51-76
Language en
Subject categories Political Science


During the last thirty years or so, we have seen a change in the conceptualization of the Nordic welfare state. The popular image, both abroad and at home, of a neutral and fair state apparatus that mediated conflicting interests and distributed resources has been replaced by a new image of a flexible and inclusive community that promotes common values and safeguards our rights concerning personal safety and health. However, that shift could also be formulated as a move away from an image of a high-tax socialist state known for suicides, drugs, and its open-minded views on sex, into a liberal, individualistic welfare state with reduced taxes and a high degree of individual choice—including in traditionally government-directed areas such as health and education, where people can access both free services and those they pay for themselves.

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