Through a series of studies, the overarching aim of this book is to investigate if and how the digitalization/digital transformation process affects various welfare services provided by the public sector, and the ensuing implications thereof. Ultimately, this book seeks to understand if it is conceivable for digital advancement to result in the creation of private/non-governmental alternatives to welfare services, possibly in a manner that transcends national boundaries. This study also investigates the possible ramifications of technological development for the public sector and the Western welfare society at large.

This book takes its point of departure from the 2016 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report that targets specific public service areas in which government needs to adopt new strategies not to fall behind. Specifically, this report emphasizes the focus on digitalization of health care/social care, education, and protection services, including the use of assistive technologies referred to as "digital welfare." Hence, this book explores the factors potentially leading to whether state actors could be overrun by other non-governmental actors, disrupting the current status quo of welfare services.

The book seeks to provide an innovative, enriching, and controversial take on society at large and how various aspects of the public sector can be, and are, affected by the ongoing digitalization process in a way that is not covered by extant literature on the market. This book takes its point of departure in Sweden given the fact that Sweden is one of the most digitalized countries in Europe, according to the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), making it a pertinent research case. However, as digitalization transcends national borders, large parts of the subject matter take on an international angle. This includes cases from several other countries around Europe as well as the United States.

chapter 1|11 pages

An introduction to digital welfare

A way forward?
ByAnthony Larsson, Robin Teigland
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part I|128 pages

Health and social care

chapter 2|18 pages

Telemedicine and the welfare state

The Swedish experience
ByMårten Blix, Johanna Jeansson
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chapter 3|25 pages

Welfare services in an era of digital disruption

How digitalization reshapes the health care market
ByAnthony Larsson, Olivia Elf, Corinna Gross, Julia Elf
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chapter 5|14 pages

Digitalization of health in Sweden to benefit patients

ByJohn Øvretveit
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chapter 6|20 pages

Personalized predictive health care

How predictive AI platforms will transform the health care industry
ByDaniel Wänn
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chapter 7|10 pages

Digital dentistry

A solution to the dentistry crisis?
ByAnthony Larsson, Dominika Sabolová
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chapter 8|14 pages

Solutions based on digital connected devices for social care and well-being

ByAndres Laya, Jan Markendahl
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part II|27 pages


chapter 9|15 pages

Educational technology (EdTech)

Unbounded opportunities or just another brick in the wall?
ByCormac McGrath, Anna Åkerfeldt
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chapter 10|10 pages

Education at the intersection

A practitioner’s view of the effect of digital transformation on public education
ByStephen Mahaley
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part III|64 pages

Citizen protection

chapter 11|27 pages

Citizen protection

A capabilities and intentions framework
ByMark A. Conley, Emily Nakkawita
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chapter 12|16 pages

Societal security

How digitalization enables resilient, agile, and learning capabilities
ByArne Norlander
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chapter 13|19 pages

Digital identity – beyond verification

To a transparent (decentralized) system for data and identity monitoring and control
ByClaire Ingram Bogusz
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part IV|112 pages

Future of the welfare state

chapter 14|8 pages


A dead end for Sweden?
ByBjörn Eriksson, Ulrika Sandhill
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chapter 15|34 pages

Future consumption of welfare services

How the change in consumer expectations will affect offerings and business models in welfare
ByCharlotte Mattfolk, Lina Emfeldt
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chapter 16|16 pages

The trust revolution

Blockchain’s potential to resolve institutional inefficiencies?
ByAlejandro Moreno Puertas, Robin Teigland
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chapter 17|25 pages

The future of the nation-state

How the nation-state can find a way through digitalization
ByMats Lewan
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chapter 18|16 pages

Digitalization has changed the foundation of the democracy

ByOlle Wästberg
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chapter 19|11 pages


Digital welfare – now and forever?
ByAnthony Larsson, Robin Teigland
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