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Problemet med vinster: Riksdagsdebatter om privat och offentlig drift under 400 år
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6175-2909
2017 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Privat eller offentlig drift inom välfärden är ett ständigt aktuellt debattämne. I Problemet med vinster visar historikern Magnus Linnarsson att dagens debatt inte är en modern företeelse, utan en fråga med lång historia. I boken belyser författaren hur svenska politiker debatterat frågan under 400 år. Ska välfärdstjänster drivas av privata eller offentliga utförare? Och är det alls lämpligt att tjäna pengar på sådan verksamhet?

Linnarsson analyserar riksdagsdebatter där motsättningen mellan privat eller offentlig drift har ställts på sin spets och politikerna brottats med den principiella frågan om privata entreprenörer ska få del av skattemedel. Vilka argument har använts för att förespråka privat respektive offentlig drift? Hur har diskussionerna om det allmänna bästa sett ut över tid? I boken fördjupar och problematiserar författaren den pågående debatten genom att lyfta fram de historiska rötterna till dagens diskussion om vinster i välfärden. 

Abstract [en]

This book concerns debates in the Swedish parliament (Riksdagen) about the public or private administration of public services over a period of four hundred years. The aim is to analyse the political conficts about the organization and operation of public services between c. 1620 and 1985, looking at the question of who should best run public services such as customs and excise, public transport, telephone services, and childcare.

The issue of the public and private operation of welfare services is very much an issue today. There is a common misconception that the privatization of the public sector has been limited to the late twentieth century, but on the contrary, the issue of the private administration of public services is a political problem with a long history. One of the aims of this book is thus to chart the many and varied answers given by politicians down the ages to the question of how best to manage what are now thought of as public services, or public goods. Furthermore, the study sets out to demonstrate how concepts and ideas from the past still play a role in today’s debates about the organization and operation of public services. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2017. , 312 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, public services, private entrepreneurs, the common good, political debates, political arguments, public and private, welfare service, publicness
Keyword [sv]
Sverige, välfärdstjänster, allmännyttiga uppgifter, privata entreprenörer, det allmänna bästa, politiska debatter, politiska argument, publicness
National Category
History
Research subject
History; Economic History
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145588ISBN: 978-91-88661-10-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145588DiVA: diva2:1130613
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-0764
Available from: 2017-08-10 Created: 2017-08-10 Last updated: 2017-08-11Bibliographically approved

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