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A Troubled Continuity: Agencies and Path Dependence in Interwar Swedish Railway Policy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic history.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5434-7304
2016 (English)In: Journal of Transport History, ISSN 0022-5266, E-ISSN 1759-3999, Vol. 37, no 1, 27-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with the abortive attempt by the Swedish Socialisation Commission to reform the Swedish State Railways (SJ) after World War I. It is argued that the decisive opposition to this proposal from SJ and the Swedish Federation of Industries may be related to the fact that railway policy in Sweden, as in many other countries, included a number of conditions that predisposed these agencies to established policy and budgets. In this regard, the article demonstrates how existing railway policy constrained the involved actors to such an extent that they persisted with the established arrangements, even if that decision implied a continued inability to deal with the financial imbalances that gradually undermined the railway sector.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 37, no 1, 27-44 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, railways, path dependence
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Economic History
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Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121961DOI: 10.1177/0022526616634717OAI: diva2:935742
Näringslivets organisationer och den ekonomiska politiken 1921-1933. Integration, konfrontation eller samarbete?
Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelse, E41/11
Available from: 2016-06-12 Created: 2016-06-12 Last updated: 2016-06-12

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