2018

A Plague on Both Your Houses: How Left and Right Undermined Moral Motivation in the Swedish School System

Reprint No. 2018:76

Author(s): Johan WennströmYear: 2018 Title: Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift Volume (No.): 120 (3-4) Pages: 415–434

A Plague on Both Your Houses: How Left and Right Undermined Moral Motivation in the Swedish School System Johan Wennström


The potential for institutional arrangements such as financial incentives and other market mechanisms to undermine intrinsic, moral motivation among both “producers” and “consumers” of tax-financed welfare services is demonstrated by two new studies (Wennström 2016a; 2016b). These studies show that the promotion of NPMlike ideas by various left-wing and right-wing agents after 1968 led to the erosion of a professional ethos among Swedish teachers, and that an ill-designed school voucher reform in Sweden, implemented under the banner of NPM, has encouraged moral hazard on the part of schools. This essay presents the main findings of these studies and situates them within a broader literature on the relationship between markets and morality, the problems caused by making the logic of the market economy into a universal model for human affairs, and the potential for ideological ecumenism between the left and right.


Reference:
Wennström, Johan (2018), "A Plague on Both Your Houses: How Left and Right Undermined Moral Motivation in the Swedish School System". Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift 120(3-4), 415–434.

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, edited by Lars Calmfors, IFN, and Nora Sánchez Gassen in cooperation with researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 

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