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By Thomas J. Anton (auth.)

Several years in the past, freshly lower back from a 12 months 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 position and sought to narrate that position to either citizen attitudes and the elite political tradition 1 in Sweden. even if that cartoon turns out to were taken heavily through different foreigners, i feel it really is reasonable to claim that the critical response of my Swedish buddies and associates was once entertainment. while I later (1970-71) again for an additional yr in Stockholm, i discovered myself being brought at events because the guy who had written ''that marvelously out-of-date cartoon of the way Swedish politics used to work-hah, hah. " Or, i might be often called the yank who, like Marquis Childs a few years previous, "believed our propaganda. " via 1970-71, in fact, the Swedish political atmosphere had turn into extra boisterous than it were in 1967-68. certainly, throughout the process that 12 months my amused colleagues came upon themselves enmeshed in a strike motion opposed to the govt. that used to be a part of an emotional sequence of such activities that a few observers notion may deliver such a lot public companies to a halt. If my previous portrait have been motivated (too a lot, they proposal) via the yankee Malaise within which i used to be implicated, so needs to their later response to my portrait were encouraged (too a lot, i assumed) by way of the Swedish Turmoil of 1970 and 1971.

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4 suggests, individuals who have relatives in politics and who report frequent political discussions with parents tend to have a more positive view of politicians than those who do not. These politicallysensitive individuals also demonstrate a conSiderably higher sensitivity to the political system as a whole than is shown by either individuals without politicallyconnected relatives, or with relatives in administration instead of politics. Having had relatives in politics or government, or having talked frequently about politics at home, therefore seems to have affected basic elite attitudes rather than the nature of elite positions.

More Significantly, perhaps, some 52 percent indicate that they often talked about politics in their parents' home. Although exactly comparable data for the general population are not available, these figures almost certainly indicate a far higher level of political interest and awareness than would be found among average Swedes. 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).

Because the boundaries between these categories are blurred and overlapping, it is best not to take these numbers too seriously. Even with this caveat, however, it seems abundantly clear that family tradition and strong political interests are not very important in explaining why these top administra· tors chose to enter public service. 4 suggests that most of these individuals did not "choose" public service at all. Chance or fortuitous vacancy in an area in which the respondent was working are the two most frequent reasons offered, and there is no close third.

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