ABSTRACT

During the post-war years, Sweden developed into one of the most progressive, but also one of the most thoroughly politically planned, bureaucratically organized, and corporatively controlled societies (Johansson and Magnusson 1998; Lindvall 2006; Rothstein and Vahlne-Westerhäll 2005). Institutionalized political reason displayed rather well the governmentality form of sovereignty, as characterized by the sovereign government of territory, economy, and population (Dean 1999). Johansson and Magnusson (1998) have illustratively defi ned the Swedish post-war economic model to have been based on “a vision of ‘capitalism without capitalists’ ” in which private entrepreneurship and private economic initiatives were subordinated to the intention to unify collectivism and market dynamics (Henrekson and Roine 2007: 70).