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Varför bildas politiska partier?: En studie av Sjukvårdspartiet i Värmland
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Why do Political Parties emerge? : A Study of Sjukvårdspartiet i Värmland (English)
Abstract [en]

Abstract

Why do Political Parties emerge? – A Study of "Sjukvårdspartiet i Värmland"

Political Science, Johan Utter

The political parties have important roles to play in contemporary society. They act as bearers of power and presents the voters with finished packages of ideas on how society should grow, develop and change. Political parties are essential to the survival and wellbeing of representative democracy. Many theories have been developed over the years concerning matters related to political parties, but one area of research remains largely unexplored, namely the topic on why political parties do emerge in the first place. Why do some individuals become creators of political parties?

Since this is a weak theoretical field an attempt will be made to contibute to the understanding concerning what makes new political parties emerge. This is done by relating previous contributors theories to the results obtained from a case study undertaken on the emergence of "Sjukvårdspartiet i Värmland", a political party risen from a protest-movement concerning the preservation of the local hospital in Kristinehamn. By testing this case against earlier research a foundation will be created and from which new ideas about political parties can be generated.

By interviewing the creator of the political party "Sjukvårdspartiet i Värmland" an attempt is made to reveal the incentives which led to the party formation. These results are then compared to the causal mechanisms proposed by earlier research. The purpose is to analyze if theories from earlier research is able to explain the emergence of "Sjukvårdspartiet i Värmland".

The results show that party formations are cryptic political phenomena, which needs larger and more developed theoretical constructions before the question "Why do political parties emerge?" can be properly answered.

 

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2010. , p. 65
Keywords [en]
Political parties, party formation, Sjukvårdspartiet i Värmland, Kristinehamn, social movement, protest politics, health care-politics
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-5978OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-5978DiVA, id: diva2:326230
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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