Sweden and the Third Way: A Macroeconomic Evaluation

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The creation of a Third Way between unfettered capitalism and old-style Keynesian-corporatist forms of social democracy has become the driving force behind the policy programmes of many left-of-centre political parties in the industrialised nations of the world today. This text critically evaluates this new social democracy by examining the profound shift in Swedish political economy from being the proto-type old-style social democracy towards the Third Way synthesis of neo-liberalism and elements of traditional social democracy. Philip Whyman evaluates internal and external challenges to Swedish macroeconomic policy - including globalisation, European integration, post-Fordist technological change and the relative empowerment of capital - to discover the extent to which national economic autonomy is constrained. Furthermore, he considers the plausibility of revising the core elements of the traditional Swedish Model as an alternative to the prevailing macroeconomic platform.