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date: 16 June 2019

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Three interpretations of the multigovernance polity in the EU—defined as the soft turn, the market turn, and the societal turn—are discussed in relation to Swedish politics. It is argued that there is a fit between the soft turn and the Swedish intergovernmental position, but that the strong presence of law in the EU is also problematic for Swedish governments. The early privatizations and deregulations of parts of the public infrastructure have made Sweden one of the forerunners in the market turn, but they have also created tensions between core Swedish national issues and the EU. The societal turn in the EU follows Swedish traditions of corporativism but also challenges this tradition.

Keywords: multigovernance, governance turn, soft law, better regulation, input legitimacy

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