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Reform and Responsibility in the Remaking of the Swedish National Pension System: Opening the Orange Envelope
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2016 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book is a close up and detailed study through a national pension system. It is about how a policy, such as a national pension system, shifts responsibility from state to individuals and, thus, work to reconfigure the state – citizen relationship. The book reads as an ethnographic example of how contemporary power works by way of new forms of governance; it is an exploration into the art of governing and it includes the governed subjects – the citizens – of a large scale governmental policy process.

With Sweden’s recently reformed national pension system as the illustrative example I depict how new forms of governance effectively shift responsibility from state level to an individual level. More specifically, I shed light on how politicians, technocrats and bureaucrats work to educate and foster the general public into responsible, hard working and financially literate citizens. I also show that such attempts are not readily accepted or adopted by the citizens at the receiving end of the pension policy and instead of providing stability and security this social security policy invokes a sense of insecurity in Swedish citizens. 

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. , 207 p.
Keyword [en]
national pension system, Sweden, welfare system, neoliberalism, policy
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Social Anthropology Political Science
Research subject
Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136441DOI: 10.1057/9781137552402ISBN: 978-1-137-55239-6 (print)ISBN: 978-1-137-55240-2 (electronic)ISBN: 978-1-349-57085-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-136441DiVA: diva2:1052841
Available from: 2016-12-07 Created: 2016-12-07 Last updated: 2017-03-24Bibliographically approved

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