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Att dansa i otakt med väljarna: Socialdemokraternas och Moderaternas strategiska bemötande av Sverigedemokraterna
Linköpings universitet; Malmö högskola.
Linköpings universitet; Malmö högskola.
2010 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The strategic approaches towards radical right-wing populist parties (RRP-parties) are in special focus for the thesis. The aim of the thesis is reconstruction and analysis of the content of the established parties’ strategic approaches towards parties that are seen as challenging central principles of liberal democracy, such as pluralism and tolerance, and who´s presence are creating a democratic dilemma. The aim has been operationalized within a Swedish context with focus on the strategic approaches used by the Social Democratic party and the Conservative party towards the Sweden Democrats, a Swedish RRP-party. The methodological framework is built upon a qualitative perspective with focus on interviews with representatives for the two established parties and the Sweden Democrats. The empirical material has been analyzed with the PSO-theory (PositionSalience and Owner-ship theory) as point of departure. The theory shows how strategic approaches used by the established parties are related to 1)the specific political issue raised by the RRP-party and 2) the degree of threat posed by the challenging RRP-party towards the established parties. 

The results generated from the thesis show that the content of the strategic approaches from the established parties towards the Sweden Democrats have changed since the election 2006, from a common dissmissive strategy to a strategic approach marked by tendencies of divergence (the Social Democratic party) and vauge tendencies of convergence (the Conservative party). The thesis also shows that the specific issue politicized by the Sweden Democrats, i.e. the immigration- and refugee issue, is central to the way the content of the strategic approaches used by the two established parties has been shaped. The thesis indicates that the presence of RRP-parties have caused a situation where the democratic dilemma have become subordinated to a strategic dilemma. The established parties need to relate to the goals they are striving towards through the strategic approach of the RRP-party (such as maximation of votes) at the same time as they relate to the strongly value-charged political issue monopolized by the RRP-party.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö/Linköping: IMER/REMESO , 2010. , p. 255
Series
Malmö Studies in International Migration and Ethnic relations, ISSN 1652-3997 ; 9
Keyword [en]
Radical right-wing populism, political strategies, liberal democracy, Sweden Democrats
Keyword [sv]
Radikal högerpopulism, politiska strategier, liberal demokrati, Sverigedemokraterna
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-26999ISBN: 978-91-7393-395-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-26999DiVA: diva2:1178685
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2010-05-21, Norrköping, 10:00 (Swedish)
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