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Seven Swedish Cases: Production Regime, Personnel Policy and Age Structure in Seven Swedish Firms in the Era of the Swedish Model
Lund University, Sweden. (FPF (Forum för professionsforskning))
Lund University, Sweden.
1995 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this working paper are published extensive research reports from field work carried out in Sweden 1989-91 in relation to the Research project on "Firms, State and the Changing Age-Structure". This project was coordinated by Prof. Frieder Naschold at the Wissenschaftszent- rum fur Sozialforschung Berlin (WZB).

The fieldwork was done at a critical point in time. Shortly after the fieldwork was concluded, Sweden was "surprised" by a sudden political and economic change. Economically Sweden witnessed a decreasing GNP per inhabitant for two years. Unemployment grew rapidly from late 1991 onwards. The election of 1991 brought a Con­servative-Liberal government to power, with the aim of implementing decisive changes in economic policies.

By its timing the fieldwork came to possess a value in its own, showing the Swedish Model at work at a late and advanced stage of its development. Furthermore the fieldwork reports of how personnel policies within firms were shaped by the labour market and social policy goals can be used as benchmarks against which to measure the ongoing changes, especially in relation to the policies directed towards the older workforce.

The case histories illustrate how the Swedish Policy regime influences the way the age-structure and early exit dilemmas are handled in real situations. They reveal the deep penetration of the Policy regime (such as the structure of pension systems and sick pay rules) into internal work organization and personnel policy in the Production regimes. But they also show a variety of strategies and outcomes in this setting. The variety can be explained by the interplay of the numerous instruments, rules and co-operating actors that form "packages" unforseen in advance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH (WZB) , 1995. , 60 p.
, Veröffentlichungsreihe der Abteilung Regulierung von Arbeit, Forschungsschwerpunkt Technik-Arbeit-Umwelt, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, FS H 95-201
Keyword [en]
older workers, early exit, production regime, firms, age-structure
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Social Sciences, Sociology; Social Sciences, Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43225OAI: diva2:811994
"Firms, State and the Changing Age-Structure" (WZB)
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Reports from field research carried out 1989-91 in relation to the research project on "Firms, State and the Changing Age-Structure". (coordinated by Frieder Naschold at the Wissenschaftszentrum fiir Sozialforschung Berlin.)

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