The Quest for a Divided Welfare State

Sweden in the Era of Privatization

  • John┬áLapidus

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


This book deals with the quest for a divided welfare state in Sweden. The prime example is the rapid rise of private health insurance, which now constitutes a parallel system characterized by state subsidies for some and not for others. This functions as a kind of reverse means-testing, whereby primarily the upper classes get state support for new types of welfare consumption. Innovatively, Lapidus explains how such a parallel system requires not only direct and statutory state support but also indirect support, for example, from infrastructure built for the public health system. He goes on to examine how semi-private welfare funding is dependent on private provision and how the so-called 'hidden welfare state' gradually erodes the visible and former universal welfare state model, in direct contrast to its own stated goals. 

Who benefits from privatized welfare? How are the privatization of delivery and the privatization of funding linked? How does this impact public willingness to pay tax? All of these questions and more are discussed in this accessible volume.


Welfare state Welfare economics Swedish Welfare Model Swedish economics Privatization Health economics Divided welfare state Universal welfare state Private health insurance Fiscal welfare America welfare model Economics of education Elderly care Sick pay Parental leave Unemployment benefits Social insurance system Economics of pensions

Authors and affiliations

  • John┬áLapidus
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  1. 1.Department of Economy and SocietyUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-24783-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-24784-3
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