Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Public Seminar on Flight from universalism? Changes in the Swedish Welfare state since 1990s held on 18 February 2017 at PolyU. Professor Tapio Salonen, Professor in Social Work and Dean at Faculty of Health and Society of Malmö University, was invited to deliver the talk. It attracted over 60 participants in social, human, community services and related sectors.


Abstract of the talk:


The Swedish welfare state has been affected by several economic crisis and neoliberal paradigms under the last 25 years. Until the 1980s, Sweden served as a role model for a universal state-funded welfare state. However, clear signs of a flight from universalism can nowadays be observed; consistent higher levels of unemployment, rising inequality and increased marginalization and social exclusion. New forms of selectivity can be seen in all layers of the welfare system, both transfer benefits and social security, public social services and changing relations between public and voluntary organisations. This structural and ideological shift has put pressure on the local welfare structures and the professional roles in social work.



Welcome address by Professor Daniel Lai, Chair Professor and Head of APSS of PolyU



Talk delivered by Professor Tapio Salonen, Malmö University



Professor Maurice Yap, Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences of PolyU, presented souvenir to guest speaker