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Tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis - En idéanalys av Centerpartiets kyrkopolitiska utveckling under tidsperioden 1921–2018

Johansson, Oskar LU (2019) STVK02 20191
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The Centre Party is one of the oldest political parties in Sweden that is still represented in the Swedish parliament. They are also currently the only party that originally developed from interest groups in the countryside. This paper focuses on the Centre Party’s church politics. The purpose of the paper is to find out how this agrarian party has shifted its’ policies regarding their church politics and if this can be traced to broader societal changes. The method of the paper is the idea-analysis. Secularization theory and the median voter theorem is applied to explain the shift. Previous research regarding the Centre Party’s development regarding their church politics is limited. The papers’ findings indicate that the Centre Party have... (More)
The Centre Party is one of the oldest political parties in Sweden that is still represented in the Swedish parliament. They are also currently the only party that originally developed from interest groups in the countryside. This paper focuses on the Centre Party’s church politics. The purpose of the paper is to find out how this agrarian party has shifted its’ policies regarding their church politics and if this can be traced to broader societal changes. The method of the paper is the idea-analysis. Secularization theory and the median voter theorem is applied to explain the shift. Previous research regarding the Centre Party’s development regarding their church politics is limited. The papers’ findings indicate that the Centre Party have developed from a party that exhibited a central value on Christianity and its beliefs, to be a party that has not mentioned anything related to church politics since 1992 in the election programs. In conclusion, these changes can be explained by the secularization of the Swedish society that has gradually transformed the country during the 20th century. The Centre party’s shift in their political rhetoric and platform is logical and can be explained by the median voter theorem. The Centre Party has adopted its new political stance on church politics in accordance with the secularization of the Swedish society, in order to maximize the number of votes in elections. (Less)
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Johansson, Oskar LU
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STVK02 20191
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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The Centre Party, Christianity and politics, secularization, median voter theorem
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Swedish
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8975953
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2019-09-19 13:10:15
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  abstract     = {The Centre Party is one of the oldest political parties in Sweden that is still represented in the Swedish parliament. They are also currently the only party that originally developed from interest groups in the countryside. This paper focuses on the Centre Party’s church politics. The purpose of the paper is to find out how this agrarian party has shifted its’ policies regarding their church politics and if this can be traced to broader societal changes. The method of the paper is the idea-analysis. Secularization theory and the median voter theorem is applied to explain the shift. Previous research regarding the Centre Party’s development regarding their church politics is limited. The papers’ findings indicate that the Centre Party have developed from a party that exhibited a central value on Christianity and its beliefs, to be a party that has not mentioned anything related to church politics since 1992 in the election programs. In conclusion, these changes can be explained by the secularization of the Swedish society that has gradually transformed the country during the 20th century. The Centre party’s shift in their political rhetoric and platform is logical and can be explained by the median voter theorem. The Centre Party has adopted its new political stance on church politics in accordance with the secularization of the Swedish society, in order to maximize the number of votes in elections.},
  author       = {Johansson, Oskar},
  keyword      = {The Centre Party,Christianity and politics,secularization,median voter theorem},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis - En idéanalys av Centerpartiets kyrkopolitiska utveckling under tidsperioden 1921–2018},
  year         = {2019},
}