Business and the Nordic Welfare States, 1890-1970

Jeppe Nevers, Thomas Paster

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Resumé

Social scientists have, since the 1990s, shown an increasing interest in the role of business actors in welfare state development, and these debates provide many opportunities for historians of the Nordic countries to contribute with their insights and findings. This special issue brings together six historical studies on the role of business in the development of the welfare states in the Nordic countries, including the role of firms as providers of company welfare as well as the activities of firms and of business interest groups to influence policies and public opinion. Two observations stand out. First, the contributions draw a picture of a gradual shift in this period from that of fundamental opposition, which often dominated up to the mid-20th century, to a more pragmatic approach of cooperation. Cooperation in policy-making co-existed with confrontation in public debate, in which business interest groups promoted alternatives to ‘big government’. Second, these studies underline the value of paying attention to what Reinhart Koselleck called ‘horizons of expectations’. These historical studies show how the vocabulary of the actors changed in this period, and how business interest groups not only influenced political decisions but also adapted their expectations to changes in the political context.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftScandinavian Journal of History
Vol/bind44
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)535-551
ISSN0346-8755
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 20. okt. 2019

Fingeraftryk

Welfare State
Interest Groups
Nordic Countries
Reinhart Koselleck
Public Debate
1990s
Vocabulary
Government
Public Opinion
Historian
Confrontation
Fundamental
Policy Making

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Nevers, Jeppe ; Paster, Thomas. / Business and the Nordic Welfare States, 1890-1970. I: Scandinavian Journal of History. 2019 ; Bind 44, Nr. 5. s. 535-551.
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Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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