Worlds of Work pp 325-344 | Cite as


  • Casten von Otter
Part of the Plenum Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)


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.


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  • Casten von Otter
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  1. 1.National Institute for Working Life84 SolnaSweden

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