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Att ta debatten, hålla distansen och hitta balansen – En studie av partistrategiska svårigheter i bemötandet av Sverigedemokraterna i fyra sydsvenska kommuner

Bodensten, Martin LU (2010) STVM11 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
This thesis explores the strategic interaction between mainstream parties and the Sweden Democrats (SD), a Swedish radical right-wing populist party (RRP-party). The purpose is twofold: (1) to identify strategic difficulties in responding to SD, and (2) to problemize and simplify the results in order to deepen the strategic understanding.
Ten qualitative and explorative interviews are conducted with politicians from the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterna) and the Conservative party (Moderaterna), as well as with representatives from SD, in four municipalities in southern Sweden. The empirical material is analyzed through an analytical framework, centered on three strategic concepts—position, ownership and salience—and three conceptual... (More)
This thesis explores the strategic interaction between mainstream parties and the Sweden Democrats (SD), a Swedish radical right-wing populist party (RRP-party). The purpose is twofold: (1) to identify strategic difficulties in responding to SD, and (2) to problemize and simplify the results in order to deepen the strategic understanding.
Ten qualitative and explorative interviews are conducted with politicians from the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterna) and the Conservative party (Moderaterna), as well as with representatives from SD, in four municipalities in southern Sweden. The empirical material is analyzed through an analytical framework, centered on three strategic concepts—position, ownership and salience—and three conceptual dualisms—parliamentary arena-electoral arena, actor-issue and supply-demand.
The analysis shows that a strategy of political isolation is in use but that it has caused significant turmoil among the established parties, partly, due to its vague conceptual clarity, partly, because of the actions of the SD.
This together with managing SD’s issue ownership on migration politics, results in a balancing act between three strategies: (1) demonizing to delegitimize SD and to legitimize a strategy of political isolation, (2) refutation to enable the established parties to influence the content of the issue, and (3) disregarding to play down its salience. (Less)
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author
Bodensten, Martin LU
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organization
course
STVM11 20101
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
party strategies, Sweden Democrats, established parties, municipal politics, radical right-wing populism, niche parties, pariah parties, political strategies
language
Swedish
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1653092
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2010-09-13 09:30:29
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  abstract     = {This thesis explores the strategic interaction between mainstream parties and the Sweden Democrats (SD), a Swedish radical right-wing populist party (RRP-party). The purpose is twofold: (1) to identify strategic difficulties in responding to SD, and (2) to problemize and simplify the results in order to deepen the strategic understanding.
Ten qualitative and explorative interviews are conducted with politicians from the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterna) and the Conservative party (Moderaterna), as well as with representatives from SD, in four municipalities in southern Sweden. The empirical material is analyzed through an analytical framework, centered on three strategic concepts—position, ownership and salience—and three conceptual dualisms—parliamentary arena-electoral arena, actor-issue and supply-demand.
The analysis shows that a strategy of political isolation is in use but that it has caused significant turmoil among the established parties, partly, due to its vague conceptual clarity, partly, because of the actions of the SD. 
This together with managing SD’s issue ownership on migration politics, results in a balancing act between three strategies: (1) demonizing to delegitimize SD and to legitimize a strategy of political isolation, (2) refutation to enable the established parties to influence the content of the issue, and (3) disregarding to play down its salience.},
  author       = {Bodensten, Martin},
  keyword      = {party strategies,Sweden Democrats,established parties,municipal politics,radical right-wing populism,niche parties,pariah parties,political strategies},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Att ta debatten, hålla distansen och hitta balansen – En studie av partistrategiska svårigheter i bemötandet av Sverigedemokraterna i fyra sydsvenska kommuner},
  year         = {2010},
}