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By Thomas J. Anton (auth.)

Several years in the past, freshly lower back from a yr in Stockholm yet deeply en­ meshed within the American Malaise of the overdue 1960's, I sketched out a picture of Swedish policy-making that outlined a generalized policy-making position and sought to narrate that function to either citizen attitudes and the elite political tradition 1 in Sweden. even supposing that comic strip turns out to were taken heavily by means of different foreigners, i feel it really is reasonable to claim that the significant response of my Swedish pals and co-workers used to be entertainment. while I later (1970-71) again for an additional 12 months in Stockholm, i discovered myself being brought at events because the guy who had written ''that marvelously out-of-date comic strip of the way Swedish politics used to work-hah, hah. " Or, i might be known as the yank who, like Marquis Childs a few years previous, "believed our propaganda. " by way of 1970-71, in fact, the Swedish political surroundings had turn into extra boisterous than it were in 1967-68. certainly, in the course of the process that yr my amused colleagues discovered themselves enmeshed in a strike motion opposed to the govt. that was once a part of an emotional sequence of such activities that a few observers suggestion may carry so much public providers to a halt. If my past portrait were motivated (too a lot, they proposal) by means of the yankee Malaise within which i used to be implicated, so needs to their later response to my portrait were stimulated (too a lot, i presumed) by means of the Swedish Turmoil of 1970 and 1971.

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By expanding educational opportunities and otherwise removing barriers against working-class assumption of higher-status positions, the Social Democratic government has attempted to promote greater equality in employment, and there is evidence that these efforts have had some success. Studies by Landstrom (1917-47),7 Linde and Lonnquist (1957-67),8 and Christoffersson et aI. 2). One might argue that these figures represent an impressive accomplishment, yet what they reflect does not remotely approach a position of working-class equity.

22 Wherever they studied, our respondents were active organization men: more than 57 percent were members of at least one organization and some 40 percent were office-holders in one or more such groups. 6 indicates the kinds of organizations favored by the elite, both when they were students and now. 5. Lawyers as a Percentage of Civil Servants, 1917-67 1917 1927 1937 1947 1957 1967 61 56 54 52 45 28 Source: Landstrom,op. , p. 130; Linde and Lonnquist, op. , p. 50. 6. 6 called "kar" -in which all students are automatically enrolled, sport clubs were most popular and religious organizations least attractive.

If so, observing role conceptions among bureaucrats and politicians may help us to perceive the structure of leadership in modern political systems. In the end, Sweden may help us to better understand the political meaning of bureaucracy by showing us the bureaucratic meaning of reform. 2 PUBLIC AUTHORITY AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE To characterize the parliamentarians and higher civil servants we interviewed as an "elite" is to invoke an ambiguous image. From a structural point of view, the term suggests a small group of individuals located at the top of a socially-defined pyramid, and characterized by possession of more of the attributes that defme membership in the social pyramid: if the attribute is wealth, the elite are the most wealthy; if it is notoriety, the elite are the most famous; if it is power, the elite are the most powerful, and so on.

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