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Kommunala ideal och politisk verklighet.: En jämförande fallstudie av frisinnad politisk organisering i Filipstad och Skövde, ca 1880-1920.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies. (Forskarskola i regionalt samhällsbyggande)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0406-5202
2014 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Municipal Ideals and Political Reality. : A Comparison of Liberal Political Organizations in Filipstad and Skövde, 1880-1920. (English)
Abstract [en]

Most studies of emerging Swedish parties and politics have mainly focused on the Swedish Social Democrats and their struggle for democracy and political power, most as a prelude  to the so called ”Swedish Model”. Competing parties have received attention from historians on the national level, but their local origin remains to large extent an open field.

The aim of this study is to investigate how local political factors shaped the emerging liberal party organizations in two small Swedish towns. By a case-oriented comparison two towns are contrasted, Skövde in Skaraborg county and Filipstad in Värmland.

This thesis suggests that the distinction between national politics and municipal government, based on the interests of economic elites, was transformed during the period 1880-1920. During this period local elections and local government became increasingly sites for political struggle between different parties, with new agendas.

With a framework that considered parties in light of their functions rather than organizational types and theoretical concepts borrowed from the sociology of social movements, the thesis main results suggest that political mobilization and liberal party-formation was depending on the local political traditions.

The theoretical framework made it possible to pinpoint both similarities and differences between the cases. The results of the study indicate that the historical tradition is central to parties to emerge and flourish. This suggests that it is more meaningful to focus attention on local and regional processes to understand the historical development than has previously been done.

Abstract [sv]

De svenska partiernas historia är relativt väl känd på nationell nivå, men deras lokala ursprung är mindre utforskat och inte minst gäller det borgerliga partier. I den här avhandlingen undersöks hur lokalpolitiska faktorer formade de framväxande frisinnade, eller liberala, lokalorganisationerna i Filipstad och Skövde.

Avhandlingen visar att politisk mobilisering och politisk organisering i städerna i hög grad formades av lokala och regionala politiska traditioner. Den visar också att kommunerna var politiserade långt före att de nationella partierna tog hand om valen och kommunala frågor.   Studien visar att det fanns en kontinuitet mellan äldre lokala partier och de lokalavdelningar av nationella partier som etablerades efter sekelskiftet 1900. Det var en kontinuitet som återspeglades såväl ideologiskt som organisatoriskt.    

Avhandlingens resultat pekar på att det är mer meningsfullt att fokusera uppmärksamheten mot lokala och regionala politiseringsprocesser för att förstå den generella politiska utvecklingen i Sveriges historia än vad som tidigare har gjorts.

Anders Forsell är doktorand i historia inom Forskarskolan i regionalt samhällsbyggande. Det här är hans doktorsavhandling.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2014. , 293 p.
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2014:48
Keyword [en]
liberalism, political parties, mobilization, origins of political parties, local politics, municipal affairs, democratization, politicization, political processes, case-oriented comparison, political process-model.
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Humanities
Research subject
History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-33501ISBN: 978-91-7063-584-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-33501DiVA: diva2:742215
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2014-10-17, 9C 203 (Nyquist), Karlstad, 13:15 (Swedish)
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