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Swedish Employers and Trade Unions, Varieties of Capitalism and Labour Migration Policies

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Jesper Johansson

Linnaeus University, Växjö, SE
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This article explores the extent to which the varieties of capitalism (VoC) approach can inform our understanding of the role of organised interests in the process of labour migration policy reform in Sweden during the 2000s. VoC scholars maintain that policymakers prefer reforms conforming to the national political economy. Employers are also thought to support policies incentivecompatible with the prevailing model of capitalism. The analysis presents a case that is partly at odds with the view of economic and social policy reform developed in the VoC approach. The analysis show that the Swedish Confederation of Enterprise prefers a market-liberal labour migration policy, while the Swedish Trade Union Confederation prefers state-coordinated labour migration policies compatible with central features of the Swedish coordinated model – active labour market policies and strong trade unions.
How to Cite: Johansson, J., 2012. Swedish Employers and Trade Unions, Varieties of Capitalism and Labour Migration Policies. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 2(4), pp.325–334. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/v10202-012-0003-y
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Published on 01 Nov 2012.
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