Scott-The economics MUEP
Swedish rules regarding naturalization have changed somewhat during the
past 40 years, but the fundamental principle was established in a proposition
to the parliament in 1968 (Proposition 1968). This new and innovative
alien policy was based on a concept of equality and the allocation of
civil rights based on residence rather than nationality. The idea was that
residence in Sweden should be adequate grounds for gaining rights and
privileges, and full inclusion in society would no longer be the sole property
of citizens. In the spirit of Sweden as a universalistic welfare state
(Esping-Andersen 1990), this inclusion was expanded during the following
decades to include practically all spheres with only a very few exceptions.
One exception is the right to political participation.