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Sverigedemokraterna i Kävlinge och Svedala kommun

Sandberg, Kristina and Wernersson, Agneta (2005)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
In the rural districts of Sweden, especially in Skåne, the political party Sverigedemokraterna is gaining more and more territory. The aim of this thesis is to examine if the presence of Sverigedemokraterna has had an effect on the other political parties in Kävlinge and Svedala municipality, with focus on images and collective identity. The aim is also to examine what influence Sverigedemokraterna might have on the political agenda of the two municipalities. In order to be able to fulfil the purpose of the essay, we chose to combine three kinds of qualitative methods; interviews, observations and literature studies. We used theories about images and collective identity to examine in which way the municipal politicians tend to classify... (More)
In the rural districts of Sweden, especially in Skåne, the political party Sverigedemokraterna is gaining more and more territory. The aim of this thesis is to examine if the presence of Sverigedemokraterna has had an effect on the other political parties in Kävlinge and Svedala municipality, with focus on images and collective identity. The aim is also to examine what influence Sverigedemokraterna might have on the political agenda of the two municipalities. In order to be able to fulfil the purpose of the essay, we chose to combine three kinds of qualitative methods; interviews, observations and literature studies. We used theories about images and collective identity to examine in which way the municipal politicians tend to classify Sverigedemokraterna in terms of different images and if their presence has effected the other politicians in terms of forming a collective identity. One of our conclusions is that the representation of Sverigedemokraterna has had a reinforcing effect on the formation of we-groups among the established parties in Kävlinge and Svedala. Another conclusion is that the politicians tend to classify Sverigedemokraterna as a political enemy but not always as a serious threat. We also found out that the political influence that Sverigedemokraterna has today in the two municipalities is fairly weak. We do believe that this fact might change in the future and that Sweden could follow the same trend as many other countries in Europe, where political parties with a similar ideology as Sverigedemokraterna have had an increased impact at a national level. Therefore we think it is important to find new methods to work against the politics of Sverigedemokraterna starting at a local level.

Keywords: Sverigedemokraterna, Kävlinge and Svedala Municipality Council, Images, Collective Identity (Less)
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Sandberg, Kristina and Wernersson, Agneta
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organization
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Sverigedemokraterna, Kävlinge, Svedala, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
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1330601
date added to LUP
2005-06-20 00:00:00
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2005-06-20 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {In the rural districts of Sweden, especially in Skåne, the political party Sverigedemokraterna is gaining more and more territory. The aim of this thesis is to examine if the presence of Sverigedemokraterna has had an effect on the other political parties in Kävlinge and Svedala municipality, with focus on images and collective identity. The aim is also to examine what influence Sverigedemokraterna might have on the political agenda of the two municipalities. In order to be able to fulfil the purpose of the essay, we chose to combine three kinds of qualitative methods; interviews, observations and literature studies. We used theories about images and collective identity to examine in which way the municipal politicians tend to classify Sverigedemokraterna in terms of different images and if their presence has effected the other politicians in terms of forming a collective identity. One of our conclusions is that the representation of Sverigedemokraterna has had a reinforcing effect on the formation of we-groups among the established parties in Kävlinge and Svedala. Another conclusion is that the politicians tend to classify Sverigedemokraterna as a political enemy but not always as a serious threat. We also found out that the political influence that Sverigedemokraterna has today in the two municipalities is fairly weak. We do believe that this fact might change in the future and that Sweden could follow the same trend as many other countries in Europe, where political parties with a similar ideology as Sverigedemokraterna have had an increased impact at a national level. Therefore we think it is important to find new methods to work against the politics of Sverigedemokraterna starting at a local level.

Keywords: Sverigedemokraterna, Kävlinge and Svedala Municipality Council, Images, Collective Identity},
  author       = {Sandberg, Kristina and Wernersson, Agneta},
  keyword      = {Sverigedemokraterna,Kävlinge,Svedala,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Sverigedemokraterna i Kävlinge och Svedala kommun},
  year         = {2005},
}