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The Impact of the Radical Right: Lessons from the Local Level in Sweden, 2002-2006
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0664-5729
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Political Studies, ISSN 0080-6757, E-ISSN 1467-9477, Vol. 33, no 3, 295-315 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to further develop the argument that the interaction between radicalright-wing challengers and mainstream parties is bound to shape not only the trajectory of the latter, but also the future prospects of the former. Drawing on recent developments in Sweden, following the Sweden Democrats’ (SD) appearance in local politics in 2002 and 2006, the article demonstrates that the SD has had an impact on the coalition practices of Swedish mainstream parties, responsible for the emergence of minority governments rather than grand coalitions. This trend suggests that the mere presence of a radical right party, although small and isolated, polarises the party system. The article supports the notion that the interaction between unequal competitors matters to the trajectory of the party system, and further concludes that the current responses of Swedish mainstream parties appear to improve, rather than to curb, the fortunes of the SD in subsequent elections. Finally, the article presents evidence indicating that the presence of the SD in local councils causes increased levels of political conflict.The results imply that the impact of the radical right is more immediate than suggested by previous research.The fact that the typically stable Swedish party system has been put under strain as a result of a seemingly minor challenge suggests that the radical right is a political force with which to be reckoned.

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2010. Vol. 33, no 3, 295-315 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-8434DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9477.2010.00252.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-8434DiVA: diva2:351720
Available from: 2010-09-15 Created: 2010-09-15 Last updated: 2017-02-16Bibliographically approved

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