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Chak Kwan Chan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344311

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344311.001.0001

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Sweden and human dignity

Sweden and human dignity

Seven Sweden and human dignity
Human dignity and welfare systems

Chak Kwan

Graham Bowpitt

Policy Press

This chapter studies the effectiveness of the Swedish model in improving the dignity of unemployed people. It tries to determine if the Swedish welfare state can protect the dignity of unemployed workers. It reveals that the dignity of these persons has been shaped by three important objectives of the Swedish government, namely equality, full employment and active workforce. The chapter also identifies two controversial issues, which are the exercise of autonomy and the disadvantaged position of unemployed persons who are receiving social assistance (SA).

Keywords:   Swedish model, Swedish welfare state, full employment, equality, active workforce, autonomy, social assistance

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