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Sweden: Minority government as the norm
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1071-9129
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6613-4242
Lunds universitet, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen.
2019 (English)In: Coalition Government as a Reflection of a Nation’s Politics and Society: A Comparative Study of Parliamentary Parties and Cabinets in 12 Countries / [ed] Matt Evans, London & New York: Routledge, 2019, 1, p. 127-146Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Swedish coalition politics is markedly influenced both by a historically strong emphasis on near-unidimensional political conflict along the left-right economic dimension, the once-dominant position of the Social Democrats, and a negative parliamentarism system. These factors have contributed to most governments formed during the post-World War Two period comprising a minority of seats in parliament. Often, governments have been single-party Social Democrat cabinets, who have relied on support from one or more parties outside government. Swedish politics has long been characterized by “bloc politics”, where the socialist and the non-socialist bloc have competed for power. However, with the entry and growth of the populist radical-right party, the Sweden Democrats, the future of bloc politics has become more uncertain. Consequently, after the 2018 election, the formation of a centre-left, red-green government required drawn-out negotiations across and within the two blocs in order to obtain the necessary support of several non-socialist parties.

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London & New York: Routledge, 2019, 1. p. 127-146
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Routledge Research in Comparative Politics
Keywords [en]
sweden, party politics, coalition government
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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political science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165252ISBN: 9781138392113 (print)ISBN: 9780429422379 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-165252DiVA, id: diva2:1371501
Available from: 2019-11-20 Created: 2019-11-20 Last updated: 2019-11-20

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