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date: 24 May 2020

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Sweden is often portrayed as the archetypal welfare state, emphasizing universalism, equality, and redistribution. The chapters in the section show that popular support for the welfare state remains strong and is indeed growing; that the global tendency toward neoliberalism has not left a major impact on the welfare state and neoliberals in Sweden actually subscribe to the basic idea of the welfare state; that although the welfare state promotes gender equality Sweden still has yet to achieve the goal of equality; and that the normative foundation of the welfare state can be seen as related to the ideas put forth by Habermas and Sen.

Keywords: welfare state, Sweden, neoliberalism, redistribution, gender equality, Habermas, Sen

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