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Det skeptiska Europa: En jämförande fallstudie av euroskepticism hos Vänsterpartiet och Sverigedemokraterna inför Europaparlamentsvalen 2014 och 2019
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"The sceptic Europe" : A comparative case-study of Eurosceptism among the Swedish Left-Party and the Sweden Democrats leading up to teh European Parliments elections of 2014 and 2019 (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to describe and compare eurosceptic elements of the Swedish Left-Party and the Sweden Democrats leading up to the European Parliament elecetions of 2014 and 2019. Previous research has focused on many different aspects of eurocepticism; the definition and meaning of euroscepticism, eurosceptic voting among citizens and euroscepticism in democratic party-systems. Hence, this case-study aims at explaining euroscepticism in a Swedish context among the two clearly eurosceptic parties in the Swedish party-system. The two parties both have eurosceptic sentiments, although they have different ideological starting points and values. The Sweden Democrats consider themselves social conservatives with a nationalistic basic view. On the other hand, the Swedish Left-Party consider themselves as socialists and feminists with an ecological basic view. In order to find and compare these eurosceptic sentiments, a text analysis is combined with an analysis of arguments used in the two party’s election platforms leading up to the European Parliament elections. The empirical evidence is consequently interconnected with Taggart and Szczerbiak theory of soft and hard euroscepticism. This theory, or model of analysis, is used the catogorize parties based on their ”resistance” against different aspects of the European Union or the European process of integration as a whole. The study finds that the euroscepticism of the Swedish Left-Party and the Sweden Democrats have somewhat changed from the elections of 2014 and 2019. The resistance has mitigated to some degree leading up to the 2019 elections, in comparison to the elections of 2014. Although netither party could be categorized as soft or hard eurosceptics, they both lean more towards the features of soft euroscepticism.

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2019. , p. 33
Keywords [en]
roscepticism, soft and hard euroscepticism, European Parliament elections
Keywords [sv]
Euroskepticism, mjuk och hård euroskepticism, Europaparlamentsval
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-162610OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-162610DiVA, id: diva2:1345322
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Study Programme for Social Science
Available from: 2019-08-30 Created: 2019-08-23 Last updated: 2019-08-30Bibliographically approved

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