Worlds of Work

Part of the series Plenum Studies in Work and Industry pp 325-344


  • Casten von OtterAffiliated withNational Institute for Working Life

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The distinguishing features of the once-celebrated “Swedish model” were national bargaining, full employment, and “solidaristic” wage policy. In conceptualizing and framing the discourse of this welfare regime, sociology of work was probably more deeply involved than in most countries. The eventual breakdown of this model and the negotiated consensus between the employers and the unions also meant a less prominent position for social research in general and sociology of work in particular. Now, in the shift to a new millennium, as we witness a certain reincarnation of a national consensus, we might ask whether this will again imply an active role for the social sciences.