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The Europeanization of Swedish alcohol policy - the case of ECAS
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2008 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, Vol. 18, no 4, 380-392 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Whereas governments had previously designed early exit policies to unburden labour markets, they have come increasingly to regard them as problematic. We investigate the reasons for this policy reversal, focusing on two key actors: governments and trade unions. Our mixed-methods approach entails two major steps: first, we embed approaches to policy reform in a common framework to show the empirical relevance of the two major actors in most OECD countries. We find that both government ideology and union representativeness matter. In a second step, we investigate reform processes in two countries in more detail. Belgium and the Netherlands have much in common as regards government and interest groups but differ in terms of the reversal of early exit policies. We see that both the configuration of electoral and welfare state institutions have shaped the specific strategic environment of the two actors in both countries.

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2008. Vol. 18, no 4, 380-392 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25680DOI: 10.1177/0958928708094895OAI: diva2:200232
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8411Available from: 2009-01-08 Created: 2009-01-08 Last updated: 2012-03-26Bibliographically approved
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1. The Europeanization of Swedish Alcohol Policy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Europeanization of Swedish Alcohol Policy
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The purpose of this dissertation is to study the Europeanization of Swedish alcohol policy from 1995-2006. It analyses the development of Swedish and European alcohol policy and answers the following research questions: How has alcohol policy developed on the national and the EU level during this period? What are the Swedish alcohol policy initiatives on the EU level? What does the interplay between Swedish and European policy processes look like? Of interest for this dissertation is also how the Swedish view on alcohol policy has been received on EU level.

The dissertation comprises four related articles and an introductory chapter. In the articles official documents and interviews are analyzed in the context of the literature on Europeanization, using the concepts framing, narrative and new modes of governance. Article I explores the history of negotiations between Sweden and the EU on the traveller’s allowances question. Article II and III analyse how Swedish authorities, first through research and later through formal policy-making during the Swedish Presidency, tried to reframe alcohol on the EU-level. Finally, the fourth article is a comparative analysis of the Nordic retail monopolies, analyzing how the monopolies have developed and reacted to national and international pressures on their activities.

The dissertation shows that Swedish authorities have influenced the EU level by putting alcohol on the agenda, and offered pressure and economic support to make sure that alcohol as a public health question has become and been kept as a prioritized question. This development is, however, nested inside the changing scope and emphasis of the EU. The emergence of a European alcohol policy as a public health-oriented process has been made possible through a new focus on the EU level, with increased cooperation between member states and a trend toward harmonization of policy and frames when it comes to alcohol.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, 2009. 84 p.
Stockholm studies in politics, ISSN 0346-6620 ; 128Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, ISSN 1650-819X ; 8
Alcohol policy, Sweden, EU, Europeanization, public health, new modes of governance, framing, narrative
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8411 (URN)978-91-7155-748-3 (ISBN)
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2009-01-30, Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 8 C, Stockholm, 10:00
Available from: 2009-01-08 Created: 2009-01-08 Last updated: 2015-01-13Bibliographically approved

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