Increasing international interdependency has intensified the need for organizational changes and changes in employment conditions in the private sectors in Sweden. For a number of reasons even the public sector has changed. Large shares of its services have been transformed into private and semiprivate forms of ownerships. Economic restrictions and new management ideologies after the early 1990’s have forced many private enterprises and public administrations to initiate organizational reforms. Some of these changes and their consequences for working conditions and health of the employees are described in this publication.
The publication is the result of a number of research projects initiated at the Swedish National Institute for Working Life in the early 2000’s. The idea behind these projects was to empirically and theoretically capture the dynamics of a rapidly changing working life. A range of aspects were studied from multidisciplinary perspectives. Studies of changes in how individuals’ working conditions and health had changed were related to organizational factors as well as to structural conditions.
The book is suitable for everyone interested in how Swedish working life has changed, but can also be used in undergraduate teaching on courses dealing with occupational health, working life and research design.