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Populist radical right protectors of the folkhem : Welfare chauvinism in Sweden

  • Ov Cristian Norocel
Publishing year: 2016-08-01
Language: English
Pages: 371-390
Publication/Series: Critical Social Policy
Volume: 36
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: SAGE Publications

Abstract english

The article scrutinises a version of welfare chauvinism taking shape in Sweden, by concentrating on the concept of folkhem (the [Swedish] people’s home), and examines how it was expressed in the 2010–2014 parliamentary activity of the Sweden Democrats. It offers an analysis of how the welfare chauvinism project is first contextualised in the party documents, and subsequently articulated in the party-endorsed parliamentary motions. The article is an analytical contribution to welfare studies and to analyses of the populist radical right, providing a critical inquiry into welfare chauvinism in Sweden. The article is also an empirical contribution to the study of the populist radical right in Sweden.


  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • cultural racism
  • folkhem
  • gender equality
  • Sweden Democrats
  • welfare chauvinism


  • ISSN: 0261-0183
Cristian Norocel
E-mail: cristian [dot] norocel [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se

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