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De politiska partiernas rättspolitik
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.
2004 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Political parties, law and politics (English)
Abstract [en]

Political parties act in law and politics and have opinions that can be aligned along a law-politics dimension. The purpose of this thesis is to problematize and analyze the conceptualization of law and politics as distinctly separate phenomena by studying the law and politics dimension in Swedish party politics. Specifically, it is a study of political parties´views and arguments as regards core elements of the relationship between the individual and the state. The research problematizes knowledge about law and politics in the borderland between legal scholarship and political science. To identify political parties´views and arguments as regards law and politics the study contains their views and arguments as regards state use of concealed and coercive measures, legal aid and legislation for the protection of and support to victims of crime. In order to capture possible shifts in party positions the study covers the twentieth century. These cases are of central importance of the field and are closely connected to the principles of protection and accessibility of the law as expressions of the principle of rule of law. From the 1970s the material revealed increasing concern for legal principles or values such as privacy, equality before the law, accessibility of the law, and the right of the individual to be secure from crime. These arguments was most forcefully made by the Liberal and the Left parties. The Social Democratic Party, has had a noticeably unprincipled attitude as regards law and politics and seems to be navigating without any compass other than the finances of the state. As regards the Conservative Party, the analysis leads to almost the same conclusion. The most consistent parties on the law-politics dimension are the Liberal Party and even more the Left Party. The relationship between law and politics cannot be described in terms of separation or boundaries. On the contrary, there is an essential interaction and mutual relationship. The political parties have in recent years drawn up programmes in the field of law and politics. In spite of that, it is hardly an overstatement to assert that legal issues as matters of principle do not occur frequently in preparatory documents preceding legislation. Yet the motives laid out in such documents have a significant influence on how legislation is interpreted.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Iustus förlag, 2004. , 339 p.
Keyword [en]
Keyword [sv]
RÄTTSVETENSKAP/JURIDIK, juridik och politik, hemliga straffprocessuella tvångsmedel, rättshjälp, brottsoffer
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-349ISBN: 91-7678-577-7OAI: diva2:143196
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2004-11-26, hörsal C, Samhällsvetarhuset, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:15
Available from: 2004-11-04 Created: 2004-11-04 Last updated: 2012-08-28Bibliographically approved

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