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Dismantling Employeesʼ Power Resources in the Swedish Labour Market: An Ideological Theoretical Approach
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science. University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2941-0647
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). 

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Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2024. Vol. 9, no 1, p. 28-47
Keywords [en]
ideological theory, power resources theory, Swedish labour market, employment protection, Walter Korpi
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Smart Cities and Communities, TRAINS
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52923DOI: 10.18261/nwr.9.1.3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-52923DiVA, id: diva2:1846043
Available from: 2024-03-21 Created: 2024-03-21 Last updated: 2024-03-21Bibliographically approved

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