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Nationalist reframing of the Finnish and Swedish welfare states - the nexus of nationalism and social policy in far-right populist parties

Nationalist reframing of the Finnish and Swedish welfare states - the nexus of nationalism and social policy in far-right populist parties
Nationalist reframing of the Finnish and Swedish welfare states - the nexus of nationalism and social policy in far-right populist parties
The rise of right-wing populist parties in the Nordic countries is slowly redefining the Nordic social democratic discourse of the universal and egalitarian welfare state. The nexus of nationalism and social policy has been explored in regions and countries such as Quebec, Scotland, Belgium and the UK, but the change of discourse in the Nordic countries has received less attention. Taking the case of Sweden and Finland, this article argues that Nordic populism does not question the redistributive welfare state per se as many other European neo-liberal far-right parties have done. Instead, it reframes the welfare state as being linked to a sovereign and exclusive Swedish and Finnish political community with distinct national boundaries. Although Sweden and Finland largely share a common welfare nation state discourse, the article also points to important differences in the way this discourse is able to frame the welfare nation state where access to, and the design of, social services are no longer universal and egalitarian but based around ethnicity. The article aims to demonstrate this through an analysis of the welfare discourses of two populist parties: Sweden Democrats and True Finns.
welfare state, populist parties, framing, nationalism, nation state
0144-5596
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Nordensvard, Johan
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Ketola, Markus
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Nordensvard, Johan
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Ketola, Markus
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Nordensvard, Johan and Ketola, Markus (2014) Nationalist reframing of the Finnish and Swedish welfare states - the nexus of nationalism and social policy in far-right populist parties. Social Policy & Administration, 1-20. (doi:10.1111/spol.12095).

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The rise of right-wing populist parties in the Nordic countries is slowly redefining the Nordic social democratic discourse of the universal and egalitarian welfare state. The nexus of nationalism and social policy has been explored in regions and countries such as Quebec, Scotland, Belgium and the UK, but the change of discourse in the Nordic countries has received less attention. Taking the case of Sweden and Finland, this article argues that Nordic populism does not question the redistributive welfare state per se as many other European neo-liberal far-right parties have done. Instead, it reframes the welfare state as being linked to a sovereign and exclusive Swedish and Finnish political community with distinct national boundaries. Although Sweden and Finland largely share a common welfare nation state discourse, the article also points to important differences in the way this discourse is able to frame the welfare nation state where access to, and the design of, social services are no longer universal and egalitarian but based around ethnicity. The article aims to demonstrate this through an analysis of the welfare discourses of two populist parties: Sweden Democrats and True Finns.

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Published date: 31 July 2014
Keywords: welfare state, populist parties, framing, nationalism, nation state
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 368191
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/368191
ISSN: 0144-5596
PURE UUID: 7afe6ba2-d5f1-41b0-a9d6-4921c03bdb5e

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Date deposited: 20 Aug 2014 10:03
Last modified: 20 Nov 2021 18:17

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Author: Johan Nordensvard
Author: Markus Ketola

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