Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
The Swedish Model, Early Modern Edition: Cooperation and constitutionalism in the Swedish Parliament
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1844-0269
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this paper I endeavour to explain the fact that the Swedish parliament, the Riksdag, emerged the realm’s most powerful institution in the 18th century – an accomplishment only equalled by the British Parliament. I trace the roots to the success to the Riksdag of the 17th century and argue that during this century a political culture of cooperation became strongly entrenched in the assembly; furthermore I make the claim that constitutionalist ideas took roots even outside the Nobility, among the three Commoner estates (the estates of Clergy, Burghers and Peasants). It is at the same time true that the Commoners as well as the Nobility often expressed strong support for the rulers’ bids for more power. The estates were thus surprisingly flexible both with respect to with whom they cooperated, and in ideological outlook. This explains why Sweden was characterized by strong state, strong national representation, and strong rule of law. I argue that the Clergy and the Burghers played a crucial political role in the Riksdag that thwarted both royal and noble bids for supremacy. Furthermore, I compare the Swedish development with Britain’s during the same period.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118863OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-118863DiVA: diva2:841374
Conference
Making Constitutions, Building Parliaments: constructing representative institutions, 1000-2000. 66th annual conference of The international commission for the History of Parliamentary and Representative institutions, London 30th June – 4th July 2015
Available from: 2015-07-13 Created: 2015-07-13 Last updated: 2016-05-24Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(279 kB)34 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 279 kBChecksum SHA-512
97bfc4eaba15ae1cd3f796dcb8ea607c71561e3dda4d9f52a82255d10693ce1a38e0af014db5240640440d653a486b492c7f71dab5db57fa1c68c78732c87c3a
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Scherp, Joakim
By organisation
Department of History
History

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 34 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 86 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf