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Alfonsson, J. (2024). Dismantling Employeesʼ Power Resources in the Swedish Labour Market: An Ideological Theoretical Approach. Nordisk välfärdsforskning | Nordic Welfare Research, 9(1), 28-47
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dismantling Employeesʼ Power Resources in the Swedish Labour Market: An Ideological Theoretical Approach
2024 (English)In: Nordisk välfärdsforskning | Nordic Welfare Research, ISSN 1799-4691, E-ISSN 2464-4161, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 28-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the changes in power resources in the Swedish labour market since the 1990s and investigates the factors that have caused these changes by utilising an ideological theoretical approach. Specifically, it explores the impact of ideological changes on power resources, such as the level of unemployment, the strength of trade unions, and institutional power resources. The ideological approach is used as the analytical tool to analyse the interaction between ideas and the material world. The article analyses 24 government policy documents and how they relate to the context where the ideas arise. First, I provide a contextual description in which the changing of power resources has occurred, then government bills related to the changing of power resources are analysed. I argue that the changes were motivated by the need to adapt to a globalised and flexible economy to create growth. The reduction in employeesʼ power resources can be seen as an outcome of a dialectical spiral between ideas and the context in which they exist, and I suggest that promoting employee interests rather than growth could have led to a different outcome. © 2024 Author(s). 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2024
Keywords
ideological theory, power resources theory, Swedish labour market, employment protection, Walter Korpi
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities, TRAINS
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52923 (URN)10.18261/nwr.9.1.3 (DOI)
Available from: 2024-03-21 Created: 2024-03-21 Last updated: 2024-03-21Bibliographically approved
Alfonsson, J., Berglund, T. & Vulkan, P. (2023). Have low-paid jobs increased in the Swedish labor market? Defining low pay in the context of the Nordic model. Economic and Industrial Democracy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Have low-paid jobs increased in the Swedish labor market? Defining low pay in the context of the Nordic model
2023 (English)In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Can the Nordic wage-setting model, where social partners decide wages through collective agreements, counteract a growing low-paid sector? This article tests four definitions of low-paid jobs to analyze whether this sector has grown for the period 2005–2020 in Sweden. Despite policy changes pointing towards growth, all definitions show a slight decrease in low-paid jobs over time. The authors argue that the industrial relations system, with the aim of keeping the industry wage increases in check to aid export competitiveness, also sets a uniform level wage that limits low-paid jobs. It is also found that low pay in the Swedish setting is partly a result of working less than full-time or having unstable employment, and service workers and those with low education are becoming increasingly common in this position.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Sage Publications, 2023
Keywords
Low-paid jobs, Nordic model, wage bargaining, wage polarization
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities, TRAINS
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52285 (URN)10.1177/0143831x231215597 (DOI)2-s2.0-85179742405 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Låglönejobben på den svenska arbetsmarknaden 2005-2020. Vilka är jobben, var finns de och vad förklarar deras utveckling?
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2020-00359
Available from: 2023-12-20 Created: 2023-12-20 Last updated: 2023-12-22Bibliographically approved
Alfonsson, J. (2023). Kohei Saito. Marx in the Anthropocene: Towards the idea of degrowth communism. Cambridge University Press, 2023. [Review]. Sociologisk forskning, 60(2), 201-204
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kohei Saito. Marx in the Anthropocene: Towards the idea of degrowth communism. Cambridge University Press, 2023.
2023 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, E-ISSN 2002-066X, Vol. 60, no 2, p. 201-204Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

[No abstract available]

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Sveriges Sociologförbund, 2023
National Category
History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52115 (URN)2-s2.0-85176361276 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-11-24 Created: 2023-11-24 Last updated: 2023-11-24Bibliographically approved
Alfonsson, J. (2023). Self-determination, alienation, and the value-form. In: Legal Form: A Forum for Marxist Analysis and Critique. Paper presented at Nineteenth Annual Conference for Historical Materialism, London, United Kingdom, 10-13 November, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Self-determination, alienation, and the value-form
2023 (English)In: Legal Form: A Forum for Marxist Analysis and Critique, 2023Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

To bring alienation to an end, Johan Alfonsson writes, a radical change in both capitalist society’s basic practices and premise, self-determination, is required.

Keywords
Alienation, Self-Determination, Value-form
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities, TRAINS
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52286 (URN)
Conference
Nineteenth Annual Conference for Historical Materialism, London, United Kingdom, 10-13 November, 2022
Available from: 2023-12-20 Created: 2023-12-20 Last updated: 2023-12-21Bibliographically approved
Alfonsson, J. (2022). Arv, miljö eller både och?: En kritisk realistisk kritik av heritabilitetsmetodiken. Sociologisk forskning, 59(1–2), 127-148
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Arv, miljö eller både och?: En kritisk realistisk kritik av heritabilitetsmetodiken
2022 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, E-ISSN 2002-066X, Vol. 59, no 1–2, p. 127-148Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With heritability methodology researchers using twin studies, and during recent year also DNA studies, have claimed that heredity plays a crucial role in explaining social outcomes. Explaining what causes social outcomes is a strive to explain how reality is constituted, and is thus an ontological question. The purpose of this article is to examine the unspoken ontological assumptions in heritability studies from a critical realistic perspective. First I’ll explain the basics of the heritability methodology, the twin methodology and DNA studies that measure heritability, then I’ll describe the previous criticism of these studies. Thereafter I’ll argue that the heritability studies do not examine the actual causes of social events, but rather that the measures are driven by other underlying mechanisms, which thus are the ones possessing the generative power to influence social outcomes. Against this background, I argue that the studies commit the fallacy of misplaced concreteness and the epistemic fallacy. In conclusion, I argue that concrete social phenomena should be understood as an interplay between different generative mechanisms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: , 2022
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48298 (URN)10.37062/sf.59.23210 (DOI)
Available from: 2022-10-10 Created: 2022-10-10 Last updated: 2022-10-17Bibliographically approved
Alfonsson, J. (2022). Det otrygga arbetslivet i Sverige: Dess framväxt och konsekvenser (1ed.). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Det otrygga arbetslivet i Sverige: Dess framväxt och konsekvenser
2022 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Otryggheten i det svenska arbetslivet har ökat under de senaste decennierna. Inga andra länder har haft så drastiska förändringar som Sverige. Fler arbetar med tillfälliga kontrakt eller som bemannings­anställda och på senare år har en ny form av gigarbetare dykt upp som ofta helt saknar anställning. 

I Det otrygga arbetslivet i Sverige beskrivs orsakerna bakom förändringarna och vilka konsekvenser de har fått för de anställda och för arbetslivet i stort. Författaren visar genom att ta upp makroekonomiska och politiska förändringar att det har skett en förskjutning på arbetsmarknaden som har förflyttat makten från arbetstagarna till arbetsgivarna, vilket har underminerat de anställdas trygghet. Olika anställningsformer leder till skilda typer av otrygghet och arbetsmiljö­problem. Med utgångspunkt i maktresursteori och klassteori söker författaren svar på varför otryggheten har ökat för vissa grupper och inte för andra. 

Boken riktar sig till universitetsstudenter i främst sociologi och arbetsvetenskap, till fackligt aktiva samt till alla med intresse för politik och svensk arbetsmarknad. © 2022 Studentlitteratur

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2022. p. 199 Edition: 1
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48330 (URN)9789144153063 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-10-11 Created: 2022-10-11 Last updated: 2022-10-31Bibliographically approved
Alfonsson, J. (2022). (O)frihet i den flexibla kapitalismen (1ed.). In: Niklas Altermark; Magnus Dahlstedt (Ed.), Bortom systemskiftet: mot en ny gemenskap (pp. 235-254). Stockholm: Verbal
Open this publication in new window or tab >>(O)frihet i den flexibla kapitalismen
2022 (Swedish)In: Bortom systemskiftet: mot en ny gemenskap / [ed] Niklas Altermark; Magnus Dahlstedt, Stockholm: Verbal , 2022, 1, p. 235-254Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Verbal, 2022 Edition: 1
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48331 (URN)9789189155916 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-10-11 Created: 2022-10-11 Last updated: 2022-11-09Bibliographically approved
Alfonsson, J. (2022). Tillsammans med de nyss levande. In: Anders Björnsson; Björn Rombach (Ed.), Lägga döden till rätta: Hur död administreras i vårt samhälle (pp. 41-52). Stockholm: Santérus Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tillsammans med de nyss levande
2022 (Swedish)In: Lägga döden till rätta: Hur död administreras i vårt samhälle / [ed] Anders Björnsson; Björn Rombach, Stockholm: Santérus Förlag, 2022, p. 41-52Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Santérus Förlag, 2022
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48333 (URN)9789173591850 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-10-11 Created: 2022-10-11 Last updated: 2022-11-09Bibliographically approved
Alfonsson, J. (2021). Nomaderna på den svenska arbetsmarknaden: Det otrygga arbetslivets framväxt och effekter på klasstrukturen (1ed.). In: Daniel Suhonen; Göran Therborn; Jesper Weithz (Ed.), Klass i Sverige: Ojämlikheten, makten och politiken i det 21:a århundradet (pp. 445-462). Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nomaderna på den svenska arbetsmarknaden: Det otrygga arbetslivets framväxt och effekter på klasstrukturen
2021 (Swedish)In: Klass i Sverige: Ojämlikheten, makten och politiken i det 21:a århundradet / [ed] Daniel Suhonen; Göran Therborn; Jesper Weithz, Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2021, 1, p. 445-462Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2021 Edition: 1
Series
Katalys ; 85
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48334 (URN)9789179243487 (ISBN)
Note

Tidigare publicerad som en artikel i: Katalys publikation No 44, släppdatum 19 februari (2018).

Available from: 2022-10-11 Created: 2022-10-11 Last updated: 2022-10-20Bibliographically approved
Alfonsson, J. (2021). Sveriges rörelse mot flexibel kapitalism – anställningsskydd, tillfälliga anställningar och ideologi (1ed.). In: Evelina Johansson Wilén; Tomas Wedin; Carl Wilén (Ed.), Ideologikritik: (pp. 143-166). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sveriges rörelse mot flexibel kapitalism – anställningsskydd, tillfälliga anställningar och ideologi
2021 (Swedish)In: Ideologikritik / [ed] Evelina Johansson Wilén; Tomas Wedin; Carl Wilén, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2021, 1, p. 143-166Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2021 Edition: 1
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48332 (URN)9789144139883 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-10-11 Created: 2022-10-11 Last updated: 2022-10-31Bibliographically approved
Projects
Precarity in elderly care - split shifts and its effects on employees [2022-00902_Forte]; Halmstad University
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-2941-0647

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