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Samlingsstyre - Blockstyre - Mångstyre: Kommunalpolitiska styrelseformer 1952-2002
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8224-9915
2006 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

This book, with the title Coalition rule - bloc rule - multiple rule, deals with the development of the forms of government that have been put into practice in Swedish municipalities during the period 1952-2002. Forms of government refer to how the power, in the form of chairmanship of local administrations, has been distributed between the majority and minority in the different municipal councils. Two levels are involved in this study. First a national investigation, which for the main part of the period is done in the form of a total survey. Second, more detailed case studies applicable to the development in the county of Kronoberg, Småland.

As the title indicates the development of the forms of government in Swedish municipalities can be classified into

three main phases. The first phase, coalition rule, means that the majority and the minority shared chairmanships of local administrations. This was valid at the time of the starting-point of the study and continued until the beginning of the 1970s. The second phase, bloc rule, was seriously modelled during the first half of the 1970s and implied that one of the traditional political blocs had all the chairmanships in a municipality. The third and last phase, multiple rule, can be said to have started in the mid 1990s. This phase was characterised by softened bloc politics, among other things as a consequence of the fact that the Green Party and various local parties had the position as the balance of power in considerably more municipalities.

The theoretical framework of the study is composed by the concepts of conflict and consensus, political culture, practice, hegemony and coalition formation. These five elements seem to be interrelated, and they should serve as suitable instruments of analysis. This should make the empirical results more possible to generalise. Conflict and consensus can be connected to the political culture by the fact that the political culture in a municipality can be characterised by either conflict or consensus. The political culture can then lead to a certain practice. For example, under a long succession of terms of office, a system is applied with as far-reaching majority marks

as the law allows, where one of the traditional political blocs always is in power in the municipality. There is also an ambition to develop the theoretical insights better, in particular in two cases. First, there is an effort to formulate ideal models of municipal politics on the basis of the conception of hegemony. Second, there is an attempt to integrate the human factor in the theories of coalition formation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stads- och kommunhistoriska institutet, Stockholm , 2006. , 308 p.
Series
Studier i Stads- och kommunhistoria, 29
Keyword [en]
local politics, form of government, coalition, practice, hegemony
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-4498ISBN: 91-88882-26-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-4498DiVA: diva2:204456
Available from: 2007-05-02 Created: 2007-05-02 Last updated: 2016-11-09Bibliographically approved

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