Är maktresursansatsen fortfarande relevant? : En teoriutvecklande fallstudie av LAS-konflikten

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Södertörns högskola/Statsvetenskap

Sammanfattning: The power resources approach (PRA) has proven to be a successful explanatory model when explaining the development of welfare states expansion. Politics of retrenchment is, however, something different. Therefore, the theory of New Politics  (NP), its emphasis on path-dependency, has in recent years contributed with powerful arguments that questions the relevance and the explanatory model offered by PRA. NPs hypothesis about ”the death of class politics” is its core question. Hence, the purpose of this essay was to explore the relevance of PRA by answering the question of whether the approach offers a convincing explanation of the conflict over LAS (the Swedish Employment Protection Act). In order to answer the question, the study applied the case study method process-tracing. The thesis contributed with several compelling results and conclusions, which clearly showed that class politics is still alive and the main arguments of the PRA stands. The theory-developing ambition meant that the essay also applied a gender perspective over the conflict over LAS chain of events, and this too presented rather interesting results.

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