Essay in political science, C-level by Mikael Granath
Autumn semester 2012, Tutor: Freddy Kjellström
- Ideological convergence in Swedish party politics?
- An analysis of ideologies of the Swedish Social Democratic party and the Swedish Moderate
party and their healthcare and health service policies between the years of 2002 and 2010.
The main purpose of this study is to examine the truthfulness in the common perception that
the Swedish moderate party and the Swedish social democratic party are increasingly sharing
the same political views - particularly between the years of 2002 and 2010. The main research
Did the Swedish Moderate party and the Swedish Social Democratic party
ideologically position themselves closer in the year of 2002 than they did in 2010
within the health care policy area?
The research design chosen for this study can be labelled as a comparative case study where
the two political parties party programs and election manifestos that were current in the year
of 2002 and 2010 are studied. This is done to give a better view of ideological change. An
analysis of ideology is used as method to be able to identify an ideological change.
The conclusion of this study that there has indeed existed an ideological convergence within
the time frame that was studied. The ideological convergence can not be seen within all the
parameters that was studied. And while it has not been great, it can still be measured. The
most striking discovery is rather the liberalisation of the healthcare and health service policies
that has taken place between the year of 2002 and 2010.
2013. , 47 p.