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Competitive, Accommodative or Neither?: An Examination of two Swedish Parties Competitiveness while in Opposition and Support Party Status
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Konflikt, ackommidering eller ingetdera? : En undersökning av två svenska partiers konfliktfylldhet under sin tid som opposition- och stödparti (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This research aims to contribute to the knowledge gap about opposition and support parties’ competitive behaviour in minority situations where no party have a majority in the parliament. Two Swedish parties - the Centre Party and the Left Party - will be examined to answer the two overarching research questions. Namely, 1) how does the competitive behaviour of parties vary in relation to a party’s role as a support party or opposition party? And 2) does the result support the cartel party thesis or the model of classic opposition? The competitive behaviour was measured in regards to counter proposals, standpoints and reservations on the governmental propositions. This was done through a quantitative content analysis of committee reports during four terms of office. The results indicate that both parties were more competitive during their time in opposition compared to in support status. This supports the model of classic opposition and rejects the cartel party thesis.

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2020. , p. 79
Keywords [en]
Party competition, minority situation, minority government, support party, opposition party, cartel party thesis, model of classic opposition, Sweden.
Keywords [sv]
Partikonflikt, minoritetssituation, minoritetsregering, stödparti, oppositionsparti, kartellpartiteorin, Sverige.
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-90999OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-90999DiVA, id: diva2:1386431
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Political Science
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Political Science, Master Programme, 120 credits
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Available from: 2020-01-20 Created: 2020-01-17 Last updated: 2020-01-21Bibliographically approved

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