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Populist Radical Right Parties into Parliament: Changes in mainstream parties’ political positions in parliamentary debates on immigration and refugees
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Do Populist Radical Right Parties have an impact on the attitudes of other parties? Despite drawing much attention from the general public as well as academics, there is no clear answer to this conundrum. In this paper I examine how mainstream political parties change their positions in parliamentary debates on immigration and refugees after Populist Radical Right Parties enter parliament. In order to do this, I use theoretical concepts such as discourse coalitions and storylines in combination with network methodology to map out how parties in the Swedish parliament relate to one another through their attitudes towards key themes in the debate on immigration and refugees. This paper focuses on the relations between parties through language by applying Discourse Network Analysis on parliamentary debates. Thus, it contributes with a new relational aspect and methodological tool on a relatively underutilised material. The findings indicate that there is a change in other parties’ attitudes towards immigration and refugees, with two mainstream right parties moving closer to the Populist Radical Right Party. However, the datatype does not support causal language and the findings are limited due to small amounts of data.

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2020. , p. 58
Keywords [en]
Discourse Network Analysis, Populist Radical Right Parties, Social Network Analysis, parliamentary debates, discourse coalitions, immigration, refugees.
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-403427OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-403427DiVA, id: diva2:1388949
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Political Science
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Master Programme in Political Science
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