By Thomas J. Anton (auth.)
Several years in the past, freshly lower back from a 12 months in Stockholm yet deeply en meshed within the American Malaise of the past due 1960's, I sketched out a picture of Swedish policy-making that outlined a generalized policy-making position and sought to narrate that position to either citizen attitudes and the elite political tradition 1 in Sweden. even though that cartoon turns out to were taken heavily by means of different foreigners, i believe it really is reasonable to assert that the central response of my Swedish associates and co-workers was once leisure. whilst I later (1970-71) back for one more yr in Stockholm, i discovered myself being brought at events because the guy who had written ''that marvelously out-of-date cartoon of ways Swedish politics used to work-hah, hah. " Or, i might be known as the yankee who, like Marquis Childs a few years past, "believed our propaganda. " by way of 1970-71, after all, the Swedish political setting had develop into extra boisterous than it have been in 1967-68. certainly, in the course of the process that yr my amused colleagues came across themselves enmeshed in a strike motion opposed to the govt. that used to be a part of an emotional sequence of such activities that a few observers idea may convey so much public companies to a halt. If my previous portrait were prompted (too a lot, they proposal) via the yank Malaise within which i used to be implicated, so needs to their later response to my portrait were prompted (too a lot, i assumed) by way of the Swedish Turmoil of 1970 and 1971.
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Thus, when Christoffersson et al. 1O Despite some loosening, then, the administrative elite in Sweden has been, is, and will in all probability continue to be a group in which the upper and middle classes of society are substantially over-represented. One reason why the above conclusion can be put so strongly emerges from consideration of the educational backgrounds of our respondents. More than eight of every ten upper-level administrators hold a university degree, and another 15 percent have completed the student-examen, which is roughly equivalent to two years of college education in the United States.
4 suggests, individuals who have relatives in politics and who report frequent political discussions with parents tend to have a more positive view of politicians than those who do not. These politicallysensitive individuals also demonstrate a conSiderably higher sensitivity to the political system as a whole than is shown by either individuals without politicallyconnected relatives, or with relatives in administration instead of politics. Having had relatives in politics or government, or having talked frequently about politics at home, therefore seems to have affected basic elite attitudes rather than the nature of elite positions.
Here is how this offtcial describes the rest of his career: I had a short break for about a year and a quarter when, because of unusually heavy responsibilities, Social Welfare asked me to go over to work on their budget and I did so. Finance then asked me to come back and I have been here most of the time. In short, if we consider my overall background, I have been in both Finance and Social Welfare over the years, I have worked in a Parliamentary Committee, first as a "notarie," as it was called, then as what they now call a division secretary.
Administered Politics: Elite Political Culture in Sweden by Thomas J. Anton (auth.)