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Demography, ideologies and finance - A history of calculation and Swedish pensions
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0008-3937
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9321-3499
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2140-8959
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper reports from a study of four pension reforms in Sweden over the last century. The paper tests the dominant idea that pension systems as well as accounting technologies are a part of the neoliberal influenced financialization of the private sphere. Although corroborating the proposition about financialization, the paper suggests that programs such as financialization is temporal because they are challenged by obligatory points of controversy. These obligatory points of controversy recur over time as issues that pension systems need to handle with decisions and calculations. The study finds that the obligatory points of controversy, however, are never solved because they interact and are in flux. In Sweden, the three controversies that are repeated are the discussion of demography, finance and ideology. These three issues forces the decisionmaker to answer such issues as “what is it to be Swedish?”, “can we afford this?” and “what is our idea of involvement between of the state/the private sector?”

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2018.
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-161255OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-161255DiVA, id: diva2:1256313
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The 41st Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association, Milan, Italy, May 30-June 1, 2018
Available from: 2018-10-16 Created: 2018-10-16 Last updated: 2020-01-23Bibliographically approved

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