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Sverige i fredens tjänst: En textanalys av svenska incitament till fredsfrämjande insatser utifrån perspektiven realism och liberalism
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Participating in peace support operations has been and remains a significant part of the Swedish defense and security politics. Since the end of the Cold War, the Swedish national defence has been more and more dismantled, in favor of international peace support operations which have become an increasingly important task for the Swedish defence. Why then, is Sweden so engaged in conflicts so far from home? Using two classic theories of international politics, realism and liberalism, this study aims to shed light on arguments from the Swedish parliament on why it is important for Sweden to participate in international peace support operations. After analyzing arguments of the Social Democrat Party, the Moderate Party, the Green Party and the Liberal Party concerning three different peace support operations which Sweden has participated in, the result shows that although both realism and liberalism are influencing the parties’ argumentation, liberalism is the theory which is used more often. Thus, the answer to why Sweden participates in peace support operations is to be found in arguments that clearly express views of liberalism, rather than views of realism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Liberalism, Peace support operations, Realism, Sweden, The Green Party, The Liberal Party, The Moderate Party, The Social Democrat Party
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-34824OAI: diva2:722647
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Politics Studies, specialization Political Analysis, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-06-16 Created: 2014-06-09 Last updated: 2014-06-16Bibliographically approved

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