Introduction: Facets of Welfare State Developments. 1. From Bismarck to Thatcher: The Welfare State Research Cycle? 2. The Structure and Content of this Book. 3. At the End of a Road? -- I. Before Social Democracy: The Early Formation of a Social Policy Discourse in Sweden. 1. The Absence of a Theory of Social Policy in Sweden? 2. Conceptual Interlude: Intellectuals in Civil Society. 3. Social Policy and Social Insurance: German Inventions. 4. Across the Baltic: Social Insurance Comes to Sweden. 5. The First Steps towards a Social Policy Discourse in Sweden. 6. Independent Spirits. 7. CSA: a Collective Organizer. 8. A Happy Marriage between Liberalism and Socialism? 9. Summary: The Rise and Fall of an Early Social Policy Discourse -- II. Working Class Power and the 1946 Pension Reform in Sweden: A Respectful Festschrift Contribution. 1. The Ghost of Beveridge. 2. The Swedish Right and the Pension Reform in 1946. 3. The Social Democrats and the Pension Reform. 4. Conclusions
III. The Development of the Postwar Welfare State. 1. The Historical Legacy of the Welfare State in Sweden. 2. Resources and Clienteles: Descriptions. 3. Achievements and Shortcomings: Evaluations. 4. Correlates and Causes: Explanations. 5. The Crisis of and Prospects for the Welfare State -- IV. The Dialectics of Decentralization and Privatization. 1. Introduction: Decentralization and Privatization - Alternatives to the Welfare State Paradigm? 2. Swedish Social Expenditure and Social Programs in the 1980s. 3. The Absence of Privatization in Sweden. 4. Decentralization - in the Public Sector. 5. Excursus: Between Public and Private: Voluntary Co-operatives. 6. Summary and Conclusions: Why is There so Much Talk about Decentralization and so Little Actual Privatization in Sweden?