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På svenska villkor? Ja, fast nej!: En europeisering av Sveriges försvarspolitik?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
On Swedish terms? Yes, but no! : Europeanization of Swedish defence policy? (English)
Abstract [en]

This study explores the Swedish non-alignment policy from a European Union perspective. Spanning the period 1995-2018, i.e. from the year when Sweden joined the European Union to the present day, the study concerns the way the EU membership has affected Sweden’s defence policy. Given a variety of noted political decisions and developments, mainly in terms of Swedish defence policy propositions during the target period, the key question presents itself as follows: Does the Swedish membership undermine its possibilities to remain as a true case of non-alignment? To be able to answer this question, the study will look into the extent to which the Swedish policy can be seen as a case of Europeanization regarding its EU membership. Thus, the investigation takes as its starting-point the theory of Europeanization. Relying on a variety of previous research, the discussion uses this theory to provide a perspective of this concept as “Goodness of fit”, essentially an analytical tool for identifying processes and changes within this framework. On a practical level, this means that if the different terms and policies fit perfectly between the union and its member states, there is no need for a change. On the other hand, if there is incompatibility in this context, a process of Europeanization is likely to be identified through the lens of “Goodness of fit”. In general terms, it is concluded that the Swedish defence policy has gradually assumed more of a European identity. Arguably, the country’s official non-alignment policy raises questions for its future involvement in the union. Rather, there is indication that political rhetoric has been only one side of the coin, practical reality another. Yet, one thing is clear: it all seems to happen on Swedish terms.

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2018. , p. 45
Keywords [en]
Europeanization, Goodness of fit, security and defence policy, European union, Sweden
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67625OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-67625DiVA, id: diva2:1218002
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Political Science
Educational program
Political Science (180 ECTS credits)
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2018-06-13, Karlstads universitet, Universitetsgatan 2, Karlstad, 22:30 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2018-08-01 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2018-08-01Bibliographically approved

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