lnu.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • 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
Vinna eller försvinna?: De politiska nätverkens betydelse i kampen om en plats i riksdagen
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2018 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Winning or losing? : The importance of political networks in the contest to become a member of Parliament (English)
Abstract [en]

Focusing on national election campaigns in Sweden, this study examines how candidates’ political networks may influence who becomes member of Parliament in a flexible list system. Flexible list systems enable candidates placed on a non-eligible seat during the nomination process within the party organization, to still get elected via the voters’ optional preferential votes.

The data used is derived from a unique survey including a total sample of candidates elected to the Swedish Parliament 1998–2014 via preferential votes after being placed on a non-eligible seat during the nomination process. The data also includes acquaintances to these candidates defined as their political networks. The method used to track down the network members, was to ask the candidates for acquaintances who helped them during the nomination process and the election campaign. The motivation, resources and recruiting networks amongst these respondents are compared to those of candidates, and their political networks, who, despite being placed on an eligible seat during the nomination process ended up losing a seat in Parliament as a consequence of the flexible list system.

The analysis shows how dissatisfaction with the nomination process creates a motivation to use the preferential voting system in order to overrule the decisions made by the party. The result also indicates that the elected candidates and their political networks are more active within voluntary associations than their opponents. Furthermore, important differences in temporal resources are shown. Elected candidates can participate in the election campaign full-time and are able to take leave of absence from their ordinary jobs, while the opposite applies for the political networks. The political networks supporting elected candidates do not work full-time within the party to the same extent as networks supporting non-elected candidates. A suggestion for future research is to examine the importance of voluntary associations in relation to the use of preferential votes in flexible list systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2018.
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 319/2018
Keywords [en]
Flexible list systems, preferential votes, political networks, nomination processes, Sweden, Civic Voluntarism Model
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73974ISBN: 978-91-88761-54-5 (print)ISBN: 978-91-88761-55-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-73974DiVA, id: diva2:1204189
Public defence
2018-06-08, Weber, Hus K, Växjö, 13:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-05-08 Created: 2018-05-07 Last updated: 2018-09-10Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

Doctoral Thesis (Fulltext)(5117 kB)745 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 5117 kBChecksum SHA-512
51a52536aa4e83d5b595c385d10947b7eff02e3fa2a1a93339c2ec36c069a882341292a2957675a469c38b5668180e3a68800e850f4a1002836fc966e3da97b2
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Buy Book (SEK 160 + VAT and postage) lnupress@lnu.se

Authority records BETA

Fransson, Sara

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Fransson, Sara
By organisation
Department of Political Science
Political Science

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 745 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

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 879 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • 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