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By Thomas J. Anton (auth.)

Several years in the past, freshly again from a yr 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 function to either citizen attitudes and the elite political tradition 1 in Sweden. even though that cartoon turns out to were taken heavily via different foreigners, i believe it's reasonable to claim that the significant response of my Swedish neighbors and associates used to be entertainment. whilst I later (1970-71) again for an additional yr in Stockholm, i discovered myself being brought at events because the guy who had written ''that marvelously out-of-date cartoon of the way Swedish politics used to work-hah, hah. " Or, i'd be often called the yank who, like Marquis Childs a few years previous, "believed our propaganda. " through 1970-71, in fact, the Swedish political setting had develop into extra boisterous than it were in 1967-68. certainly, throughout the process that 12 months my amused colleagues discovered 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 proposal may convey such a lot public prone to a halt. If my prior portrait were inspired (too a lot, they notion) via the yankee Malaise during which i used to be implicated, so needs to their later response to my portrait were inspired (too a lot, i presumed) via the Swedish Turmoil of 1970 and 1971.

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For members of the Swedish elite, whose origins are overwhelmingly found in the privileged social classes, anything less than similarly overwhelming levels of satisfaction would be particularly surprising. To report that virtually all (97%) of the officials we interviewed accept the present social order in Sweden, therefore, can hardly be regarded as unusual- or even very interesting. As we shall observe in a later chapter, however, this proportion of satisfied officials is higher in Sweden than in any other nation for which we have data.!

To try to refine and apply ideas from my earlier bank experience as head of this operation. I think that gives a feeling of satisfaction in my work. Although only a few among these officials had entered public employment in mid-career, the fact that this individual found a public position attractive after a successful private sector career again suggests the competitive strength of government service in Sweden. A more typical "innovator," who had followed legal training and a court career with service in three different ministries and a variety of official commissions, expressed himself as "totally convinced" of the benefits of his public service in general and of his current position in a new consumer affairs agency (#151).

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. Administrative leaders in Sweden are disproportionately drawn from politicized middle- and upper-class families, they begin to discuss politics in the home, and what they learn about politics and politicians within the family context structures an appreciation of social life that is carried into adulthood.

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