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After a rocky patch in the early 1990s, the Swedish model of high taxes and high spending is now stronger—and more popular—than ever. Sweden's prime minister explains why

By Jonathan Power   October 2005

When Swedish prime minister Göran Persson visited last year’s Labour party conference and listened to Gordon Brown pledge to rid Britain of child poverty, he couldn’t help but hear echoes of the speech made by the late Swedish prime minister Olof Palme at the Social Democrats’ party congress in 1974.

The progressive parts of the emerging “Anglo-social model” seem to be based, in part, around Swedish policy ideas and the belief that the Swedes may have found the answer to the question of how a modern state can combine high growth and productivity with compassion and egalitarianism.

 

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