Counteracting Segregation: Swedish Policies and Experiences
2010 (English)In: Housing Studies, ISSN 0267-3037, Vol. 25, no 2, 237-256 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The issue of residential segregation has been on the Swedish political agenda since the early 1970s. This paper analyses the background for this interest, presents some basic features of socio-economic and ethnic residential segregation, and discusses some fundamental contextual properties regarding the Swedish welfare state, its institutional set-up and changes in housing and other policies that have affected the conditions for segregation processes. Three more specific anti-segregation policies are also identified and analysed: housing and social mix policy (first initiated in the 1970s); the refugee dispersal policy (initiated in the 1980s); and the area-based urban policy (initiated in the 1990s). Of these three, the last two have a clear ethnic focus while mix policies primarily aim for socio-economic and demographic mix. The analysis shows that none of the policies have managed to affect levels of segregation more than marginally, the reasons being ineffective implementation (the mix policy), failures in the design (the refugee dispersal policy) or conflicting aims inherent in the policy (area-based interventions).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 25, no 2, 237-256 p.
Planning, welfare state, neighbourhoods, desegregation policies, Sweden, housing mix
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54231DOI: 10.1080/02673030903561859OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-54231DiVA: diva2:301444