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The transformation of the Swedish political party system in the late 20th/early 21st century

Трансформация партийно-политической системы Швеции в конце XX — начале XXI века
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Ryabichenko, Arkady; Shenderyuk, Marina

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Abstract This article studies the process of transformation of the Swedish political party system in the 1980s. The study aims to develop a typology of the Swedish political party system before and after the transformation processes commenced. The article identifies the key prerequisites for such transformation: the crisis of social democracy and an increase in the nationalist attitudes in the society caused by the negative repercussions of the system of integration of migrants into the society based on the multiculturalism principles. The interethnic tension manifested itself in the wide support for the Swedish Democrats Party in the 2010 parliamentary election. From a political party system dominated by social democrats, the Swedish political party system turned into one with two leading parties – the centre-left Swedish Social Democratic Labour Party and the centre-right Moderate Party. The Swedish Democrats position themselves as an alternative to the two party blocs headed by the dominating parties (the Alliance and the Red-Green). The study employs an interdisciplinary approach in the framework of science synthesis. Its results can be of practical significance for politicians, social activists, and academicians.
Keywords Sweden; party system; social democracy; social democratic party; historical development; nationalism; national identity
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 107-116
Journal Baltic Region (2013) 3
ISSN 2079-8555
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Free Digital Peer Publishing Licence