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The Political Power of Bad IdeasNetworks, Institutions, and the Global Prohibition Wave$
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Mark Lawrence Schrad

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391237

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391237.001.0001

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Avoiding the Prohibition Pitfall in Sweden

Avoiding the Prohibition Pitfall in Sweden

(p.88) Chapter 4 Avoiding the Prohibition Pitfall in Sweden
The Political Power of Bad Ideas

Mark Lawrence Schrad (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter asks why Sweden never adopted prohibition, though it seemed almost foreordained at the time, opting instead for a novel alcohol-rationing system. Particular attention is paid to the role of the official Temperance Committee, and the efforts of its most active and influential member, Ivan Bratt. Ultimately, much of the reason that Sweden adopted a stringent system of alcohol control rather than prohibition was the influence of ideational brokers such as Dr. Bratt, who mediated between prohibition and antiprohibition forces and developed new options through bricolage of existing elements of alcohol control, working within the corporatist structure that provided the institutional space for such policy experimentation.

Keywords:   Sweden, alcohol prohibition, alcohol rationing, Ivan Bratt, policymaking

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