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An Unfinished Suffrage Reform: Voting Rights in Sweden After the ‘Democratic Breakthrough’
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History and International Relations.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2523-2575
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4332-0357
2024 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of History, ISSN 0346-8755, E-ISSN 1502-7716, Vol. 49, no 3, p. 376-396Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article examines the complex and non-linear process of democratization in Sweden after the introduction of so-called universal suffrage in 1921. The research questions address the excluded groups post-1921, the reasons for their exclusion, and the historical processes that led to further expansions of suffrage rights. The study shows that the expansion of suffrage rights in Sweden after 1921 was not guided primarily by a desire to broaden voter inclusion and/or rectify the limitations of the1921 legislation. Instead, the motivations were embedded in a more intricate and multifaceted tapestry of political aims and alliances as well as situational factors that included various social, economic, and cultural shifts. The article concludes that the history of suffrage in Sweden after 1921 has been one of continuous negotiations, transformations, and adaptations, and that this provides valuable insights for addressing challenges of political inclusion and representation in the present and future. 

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2024. Vol. 49, no 3, p. 376-396
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Suffrage, Disenfranchisement, Voting restrictions
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Economic History; History; History of Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-227110DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2024.2322433OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-227110DiVA, id: diva2:1841839
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-00778Available from: 2024-03-01 Created: 2024-03-01 Last updated: 2024-06-06Bibliographically approved

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