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Gösta Rehn, the Swedish model and labour market policies

international and national perspectives

Eskil Wadensjö og Henry Milner

Aldershot, Ashgate, 2001, 331 s. ; ISBN 0-7546-1454-9
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In the 1950s, Gösta Rehn, one of the fathers of the 'Swedish Model' and the most important economic thinkers of the contemporary Scandinavian labour movement, together with Rudolf Meidner, developed one of the most influential economic models of the twentieth century - the 'Rehn Model'.

The first single volume to provide a comprehensive introduction to the Rehn Model, its theory, applications and considerable impact in countries such as Sweden, The Netherlands, Austria, Canada and the UK, this text also shows how it can still make a useful contribution to the formulation of economic policy today. A full, annotated bibliography of the articles and other written contributions of Gösta Rehn makes this text an essential read for all those interested in the Swedish Model, labour market economics, economic policy and the ideas of an economist who guided a generation.

Contents

Gösta Rehn 1913-1996, Henry Milner and Eskil Wadensjö. Gösta Rehn's Contribution: The labour market policy - Rehn or Rubbestad, Eskil Wadensjö; A Swedish economic policy - the Rehn-Meidner model's theory, application and validity, Lennart Erixon. Swedish Perspectives: Gösta Rehn and the Swedish model: did we follow the Rehn-Meidner model too little rather than too much?, Klas Eklund; New conditions in the labour market, Anders Bäckström; Gösta Rehn, civic literacy and the Swedish model, Henry Milner; Can security enhance efficiency? Testing a little-noted assumption of the Rehn-Meidner model, Axel van den Berg. Nordic Perspectives: Fragmentation and individualization? The legitimacy of corporatism among the Finnish labour force, Heikki Ervasti; Decentralized wage bargaining: a threat to incomes policy goals or an instrument of flexibility?, Geir Høgsnes and Frode Longva; Equality, solidarity and the welfare state. The Nordic employment performance in comparative perspective, Sven Jochem; The making of the Danish employment service, 1960-72. Central and local policy choices, employer demand and trade union resistance, Christian Toft. European Perspectives: Rehn-Meidner and Austro-Keynesianism: two post-keynesian roads to higher employment, Markus Marterbauer; Gösta Rehn, the Swedish model and the Dutch miracle, Jelle Visser; Assessing the influence of Gösta Rehn in France, Dominique Anxo, Christine Brossier and Bernard Gazier; Missed opportunities: British social democracy and the Rehn model, 1951-1964, Mark Wickham-Jones; Bibliography of the writings of Gösta Rehn, Eskil Wadensjö; Notes on the authors.