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Title: Managing redundancy : a capability approach to a Swedish case study
Author: Gascoigne, Steven
ISNI:       0000 0004 2723 8019
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2010
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This is a study of the workings of a Swedish welfare scheme during a two year period from 1979 to 1980. Its aim is to examine the effects of the scheme on the clients involved, to analyse the relationship between official and client, and to demonstrate the functioning of some components of the Swedish model at the front line. The study focuses upon the collapse of the shipbuilding industry in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden and the scheme designed to find jobs for around two thousand workers threatened by redundancy in the spring of 1979. The Capability Approach, as formulated by Amartya Sen, is employed to analyse whether various state actors, mobilised to avert mass unemployment during the shipbuilding collapse, were able to re-orientate career paths along mutually desired trajectories. The strength of the approach lies in its focus on the individual, thus enabling an analysis which departs from the traditional approach in Anglo-Saxon studies of Sweden that focus on peak level politics. The case study offers detailed information about the workings of the welfare scheme; it draws upon rich archival and interview data as well as a range of secondary sources previously untranslated. It demonstrates the importance of work within Sweden, how that importance affects client – official relationships thereby offering a critique of Esping Andersen's argument that Social Democratic states facilitate 'decommodification'.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HD Industries. Land use. Labor