September 19, 2014 Print

Cato Institute senior fellow -- and 2013 keynote speaker at Atlas Network's Freedom Dinner -- Johan Norberg writes in the UK's Spectator about the recent elections in Sweden, which tossed prime minister Frederik Reinfeldt out of power. Describing Reinfeldt as a Swedish version of David Cameron, Norberg derives lessons for other reformers. He notes that Reinfeldt was, in some ways, a victim of his own success as he and finance minister Anders Borg had steered Sweden toward the continent's best economic results in the wake of the 2009 financial crisis. He writes:

"Any country that struggles with financial collapse (and lacklustre recovery) would love to recruit an Anders Borg. But Swedes think they are now out of the woods. They want to talk about other things: the climate, immigration, girl power (the feminist party’s share of the vote rose seven-fold) and the quality of public services. Reinfelt’s big mistake was to look as if he had finished the job. His coalition seemed out of ideas, with no vision for the future."

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