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Young Swedish Municipal Politicians’ Preferences and their Bargaining Power in Municipal Assemblies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the relationship between descriptive and substantive representation among Swedish municipal politicians ages 18-29 and if they can commit to the proposed policy platform. First, the politicians’ relative preferences regarding education, elderly care and child care are investigated using an ordered logit regression to create a hypothesis. The young politicians’ preferences differ significantly from other ages. The relative spending between the categories are used as dependent variables to see if an increase of the share of youths represented in Sweden’s 290 municipal assemblies between 1998-2013 affects policy. The estimates are insignificant when considering the share of youths in the municipal assembly, however evidence of a significant effect on increased spending by 0.5% from the mean in both education and child care relative to elderly care is found when considering an increase of youths in majority by one standard deviation. This thesis provides evidence that youths have different priorities than their older colleagues and that they may affect the decision-making process when the representation of youths increase.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
representation, municipal spending, policy outcome, ordered logit regression, panel data, Sweden, young politicians, preferences
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-326046OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-326046DiVA, id: diva2:1118312
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Available from: 2017-08-18 Created: 2017-06-30 Last updated: 2017-08-18Bibliographically approved

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