Lobbying for Profits: Private Companies and the Privatization of the Welfare State in Sweden
Arbetsrapport 2017 nr 1.
In this paper, we analyse the recent history and current resilience of for-profit care and service provision in what has often been seen as the archetypical social democratic welfare state: Sweden. We maintain that none of the dominant perspectives on welfare state change and continuity can explain these processes and outcomes. Instead, we focus on the strategic activities of private companies and their business organizations as they try to organize perceptions, actors, and communication to further their interests. We argue that taking such organized action into account changes dominant perceptions about the characteristics of the Swedish political economy, and carries important lessons for analyses of changes in the organization of the welfare state in general.