Ordoliberalism in Sweden-Update

How easy it is to weaken ordoliberalism in a brief neoliberal era! After less than 8 years of neoliberal ascendency in Sweden under the Reinfeldt Government much has changed. Little will be regained under Lövfen who has placed himself close to the Moderate Party position.

Here is a preliminary assessment.

During the 10 years of Göran Persson‘s Social Democratic Government, ordoliberalism held its own remarkably well, but I can think of no single example of where he extended ordoliberalism. No ground was re-claimed – and the urban-rural divide in particular was not noticeably changed. The Social Democrats used local taxes to compensate for the attraction of big cities. The Reinfeldt Government did not do that, and as a result after 2006 Stockholm in particular grew very rapidly. Central Stockholm has recently had projects that dwarf the neighbourhoods in which they were built. It is called Densification (see http://www.nordregio.se/en/Metameny/About-Nordregio/Journal-of-Nordregio/2009/Journal-of-Nordregio-no-2-2009/Stockholms-famous-skyline-is-changing-/):

Building higher than 100 metres in the city?: Currently then we can see that there are several high-rise projects in the planning phase close to the inner-city – those in Alvikstrand, North West Kungsholmen, Norrtull and the harbour area are all examples of this. These buildings are expected to be significantly taller than previous high-rise constructions in Stockholm.

It is, of course, highly controversial and, interestingly enough, reminiscent of the debate in the 1960s from the Million Programme era. One of the largest of the non-profit rental companies is Huge Properties in Huddinge, Stockholm. With a name like that, what more can one say? Of course Huge in Swedish means something very different from it does in English, being a Viking forename a bit like Thor and signifying strength.

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