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Skola i förändring: Bra betyg = Bra demokrat?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Title: School in Change : Good Grades = Good Democrat?


Level: Final assignment for Bachelor Degree in Political Science


Author: Marcos Castro Allende


Supervisor: Per Strömblad


Date: 2013 – May


Aim: The background to this study is a book published by Staffan. I Lindberg & Richard Svensson where they presented a hypothesis that the decline in trusting democracy within Swedish youth is a result of the deregulation of the education in Sweden. The aim of this study is to test this hypothesis and see if the declinne in democracy can be seen already before graduating from elementary school.


Method: The method used in this study consist of a survey distributed to students at two elementary schools that differentiates in question of grades and social status. By comparing and analyzing the results of this survey with the claims of the hypothesis, former studies and Lipsets theory of the working-class authoritarism a conclusion is made of the hypothesis credibility.


Result & Conclusions: The results showed that there may be a a difference trusting democracy between students with higher grades and those with lower grades. The result also showed that there is a difference in trusting politicans, a claim that was of great importance for the hypothesis. Therefore further research must be done to address this anti-hypothesis factor.


Contribution of the thesis: This study can, inspite its minor scale, contribute with a little more specific material for proving Lindberg & Svenssons hypothesis and also be used as a help to further research in the issues between school quality and trust in democracy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 47 p.
Keyword [sv]
demokrati, utbildning, kvalitet, avreglering, tillit, auktoritarism
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-27302OAI: diva2:634271
2013-06-04, Kalmar, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2013-07-01 Created: 2013-06-29 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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