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The radical right and the end of Swedish exceptionalism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Number of Authors: 22019 (English)In: European Political Science, ISSN 1680-4333, E-ISSN 1682-0983, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 439-455Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Fifteen years ago, Rydgren (Scand Polit Stud 25(1):27-56, 2002) asked why no electorally successful radical right-wing party had yet emerged in Sweden. In this respect, Sweden was a negative case. Rydgren posited four main explanations: (1) social class mattered more in Sweden than elsewhere. Working-class voters identified strongly with their social class and with the Social Democratic party, making them largely unavailable to radical right-wing mobilization; (2) socioeconomic issues still structured most politics in Sweden, and issues belonging to the sociocultural dimension-most importantly immigration-were of low salience for voters; (3) voters still perceived clear policy alternatives across the left-right divide; and (4) the leading radical right-wing alternative, the Sweden Democrats, was perceived as being too extreme. Since 2010, however, Sweden can no longer be considered a negative case, and in this article, we argue that in order to understand the rise and growth of the Sweden Democrats, we should focus on changes in the factors enumerated above.

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2019. Vol. 18, no 3, p. 439-455
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Class voting, Radical right, Realignment, Sweden
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-172974DOI: 10.1057/s41304-018-0159-6ISI: 000482388300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-172974DiVA, id: diva2:1351578
Available from: 2019-09-16 Created: 2019-09-16 Last updated: 2019-09-16Bibliographically approved

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