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Från nykonservatism till socialliberalism? En förändringsstudie av Moderata Samlingspartiet

Honnér, Louise (2005)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Abstract

This thesis discusses ideological and rhetorical change of the Moderate Party of Sweden. The aim of the thesis has been to study the party during a time-span of almost 20 years, trying to identify changes related to each of the three party leaders.

A hypothesis was developed, suggesting that the three party leaders each represented a different kind of ideology namely neo-conservatism, neo-liberalism and social liberalism. By studying newspaper articles and protocols from the Swedish Parliament, riksdagen, I was able to verify the hypothesis in all but the first party leader, Carl Bildt. It was showed that his ideology had more in common with New Right than with neo-liberalism.

After identifying these changes I looked for... (More)
Abstract

This thesis discusses ideological and rhetorical change of the Moderate Party of Sweden. The aim of the thesis has been to study the party during a time-span of almost 20 years, trying to identify changes related to each of the three party leaders.

A hypothesis was developed, suggesting that the three party leaders each represented a different kind of ideology namely neo-conservatism, neo-liberalism and social liberalism. By studying newspaper articles and protocols from the Swedish Parliament, riksdagen, I was able to verify the hypothesis in all but the first party leader, Carl Bildt. It was showed that his ideology had more in common with New Right than with neo-liberalism.

After identifying these changes I looked for explanations within Party Strategy Theory and Social Change Theory. My conclusions were that the changes could be understood by the great loss of voters in the election of 2002 and that agents within the Moderate Party acted upon the ambition to win new and old voters to the party, thereby recognizing the need for change.

Keywords: Ideological Change, Rhetorical Change, The Moderate Party,

Neo-Liberalism, Neo-Conservatism, Social Liberalism. (Less)
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author
Honnér, Louise
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Ideological Change,, Rhetorical Change,, The Moderate Party,, Neo-Liberalism,, Neo-Conservatism,, Social Liberalism, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
id
1330667
date added to LUP
2005-06-20 00:00:00
date last changed
2005-06-20 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {Abstract

This thesis discusses ideological and rhetorical change of the Moderate Party of Sweden. The aim of the thesis has been to study the party during a time-span of almost 20 years, trying to identify changes related to each of the three party leaders.

A hypothesis was developed, suggesting that the three party leaders each represented a different kind of ideology namely neo-conservatism, neo-liberalism and social liberalism. By studying newspaper articles and protocols from the Swedish Parliament, riksdagen, I was able to verify the hypothesis in all but the first party leader, Carl Bildt. It was showed that his ideology had more in common with New Right than with neo-liberalism.

After identifying these changes I looked for explanations within Party Strategy Theory and Social Change Theory. My conclusions were that the changes could be understood by the great loss of voters in the election of 2002 and that agents within the Moderate Party acted upon the ambition to win new and old voters to the party, thereby recognizing the need for change.

Keywords: Ideological Change, Rhetorical Change, The Moderate Party,

Neo-Liberalism, Neo-Conservatism, Social Liberalism.},
  author       = {Honnér, Louise},
  keyword      = {Ideological Change,,Rhetorical Change,,The Moderate Party,,Neo-Liberalism,,Neo-Conservatism,,Social Liberalism,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Från nykonservatism till socialliberalism? En förändringsstudie av Moderata Samlingspartiet},
  year         = {2005},
}