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Sveriges säkerhetspolitik under 2000-talet: En analys ur ett liberalt och ett realistiskt perspektiv
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to examine and explain Sweden’s defence and security policy during the twenty-first century.


The method that was used in this research was a case study. The material that was used were government documents focusing on this area of policy, and numerous books concerning the theoretical perspectives on international relations and defence security policy.


The study is of an explaining art and the analysis explains Sweden’s security and defence policy during the twenty-first century. The analysis explains this by testing it against a liberal and a realist view on international relations.


The conclusion of the study is that Sweden’s defence and security policy has been liberal during this time period – and still is. When the cold war ended, Sweden started a new orientation that was carrying liberal ideas and ideals, which would transform the defence to this date. Realism was not part of the explanation at any point, not even when Russia was portrayed as violent, unreliable and with the now on-going rearmament and the conflict in Ukraine.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, Defence, Security, Liberalism, Realism, Twenty-first century, Russia, Institutions, Cooperation, Peace
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39183OAI: diva2:781594
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Europena Studies Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-01-27 Created: 2015-01-17 Last updated: 2015-01-27Bibliographically approved

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