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Den dolda europeiseringen: En studie av svenska partiers retoriska förändring mellan 1995-2010
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis studies the indirect effects of Europeanization on national political parties.


I argue that Europeanization has affected the way national parties operate, and communicate with the voters, by restricting the national policy space through increased economic and political integration. Furthermore, I argue that the impact of Europeanization is likely to be reflected in electoral manifestos and changed patterns of party competition. Accordingly, Europeanization is hypothesized to change party rhetoric in a cartel-like manner by diminishing voters’ expectations, and also by avoiding EU-affairs in electoral manifestos. The hypothesis suggests, moreover, that Europeanization is reflected in convergence among parties regarding the rhetoric concerning EU-affairs.


The purpose of the thesis is to examine to what extent the rhetoric concerning EU-affairs has changed in electoral manifestos sinceSwedenjoined the European Union in 1995. The political parties examined are Socialdemokraterna, Moderaterna and Miljöpartiet. The parties’ electoral manifestos, from the period 1994-2010, are analysed through quantitative and qualitative content analysis. Subsequently, analyses from a comparison between results from earlier manifestos and older ones are evaluated.


The thesis concludes that the space given to EU-affairs in electoral manifestos consistently decrease and that the rhetoric tends to become vaguer over time. In conclusion, this result might indicate that the parties avoid debating the EU-affairs. Yet, the empirical analysis finds no signs of convergence among the parties.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 43 p.
Keyword [sv]
Europesisering, kartellisering, politiska partier, retorisk förändring, valmanifest, EU
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-12018OAI: diva2:420198
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Administration Programme with foreign language, 180 credits
2011-05-30, K2042, Universitetsplatsen 1, 352 56 Växjö, 14:00 (Swedish)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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