In the following country chapter on Sweden first a brief overview on the historical development of the welfare system and nonprofit organization is given to understand the relationship between the state and the nonprofit sector. This provides essential background information for the assessment and understanding of foundations as a special organizational form, with regard to the theoretical propositions and embedding in the social welfare field. One can only understand the foundations sector in the context of the field of social welfare by considering the relationship between the welfare state and nonprofit sector, along with its historical development.
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