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Regulating unemployment the Continental way: the transfer of municipal labour exchanges to Scandinavia 1890-1914
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9549-3941
2008 (English)In: European Review of History, ISSN 1350-7486, E-ISSN 1469-8293, Vol. 15, no 1, 23-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Statistical knowledge, insurance and labour exchanges constituted the principal elements in the policies developed to handle the new social problem of unemployment in the decades before 1914. Political transfer, the exchange of ideas, problems and policies between reformers all over the modern world, contributed heavily to the making of unemployment. This article analyses the introduction of labour exchanges, a German innovation, in the Nordic countries. Special attention is given to the different settings, both extra- and intra-Nordic, for transfer and cross-learning. The aspiration that the municipal labour exchange, providing a free and impartial service to both employers and workers, would reduce unemployment and social tensions explains its swift introduction.

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2008. Vol. 15, no 1, 23-40 p.
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labour exchanges, unemployment, regulation of labour markets 1890– 1914, social reformers and experts, social policy, political transfer, transnational networks, Scandinavia, Nordic countrie
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-39194DOI: 10.1080/13507480701852704ISI: 000260623700002OAI: diva2:319029
Available from: 2010-05-12 Created: 2010-05-12 Last updated: 2015-06-04Bibliographically approved

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