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By Thomas J. Anton (auth.)

Several years in the past, freshly again from a yr in Stockholm yet deeply en­ meshed within the American Malaise of the past due 1960's, I sketched out a picture of Swedish policy-making that outlined a generalized policy-making function and sought to narrate that function to either citizen attitudes and the elite political tradition 1 in Sweden. even if that comic strip turns out to were taken heavily through different foreigners, i believe it really is reasonable to assert that the important response of my Swedish pals and co-workers used to be enjoyment. whilst I later (1970-71) lower back for an additional 12 months in Stockholm, i discovered myself being brought at events because the guy who had written ''that marvelously out-of-date caricature of ways Swedish politics used to work-hah, hah. " Or, i'd be often called the yankee who, like Marquis Childs a few years prior, "believed our propaganda. " by way of 1970-71, after all, the Swedish political surroundings had develop into extra boisterous than it have been in 1967-68. certainly, through the process that yr my amused colleagues came across themselves enmeshed in a strike motion opposed to the govt. that was once a part of an emotional sequence of such activities that a few observers proposal could carry so much public companies to a halt. If my past portrait were encouraged (too a lot, they inspiration) through the yankee Malaise during which i used to be implicated, so needs to their later response to my portrait were motivated (too a lot, i presumed) via the Swedish Turmoil of 1970 and 1971.

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Indeed, our use of "enjoy" is probably misleading to some extent, since these individuals usually say their satisfaction comes from involvement in "urgent" work (welfare) (#143), "the most important supply problem we face" (energy) (#323), or, less dramatically, "something that quite simply has to be done" (foreign aid) (#137). But achievers obviously experience enjoyment, no matter how defined-as is clear in the following response from a senior administrator of education programs: A very difficult question-it is almost impossible to answer.

Each respondent also indicated how attractive he or she found a civil servant position to be. Finally, we asked our coders to evaluate the entire interview as a basis for judging how each respondent felt about his or her colleagues. 3 reports these summary judgments. Clearly, nearly all of these respondents are pleased with their positions; extraordinarily few indicate any dislike at all. Most would probably agree with one respondent who, when asked what he disliked about his position, replied: "Everything in life has positive and negative aspects, but unfortunately I have nothing I regard as a disadvantage.

A 1970 Gallup Poll, for example, found that only 11 percent of Swedish men and 4 percent of Swedish women expressed a "very strong interest" in politics (the combined average was 7 percent). Moreover, these figures were identical to a similar poll conducted fifteen years earlier, using a similar sample. 17 Elite administrators, however, are drawn from families in which participation in government was common and discussions about politics occurred with far greater frequency than appears to have been the case for most of their countrymen.

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