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The single-issue party thesis and the Sweden Democrats
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2014 (English)In: Acta Politica, ISSN 0001-6810, Vol. 49, no 2, 196-216 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When commenting on the European radical right, the term ‘single-issue party’ is frequently bandied about. We survey the various conceptualizations of the term and then apply them to the Sweden Democrats (SD), a party with roots in extremist subcultures that gained parliamentary representation in the 2010 elections. In the empirical analysis, we draw primarily on a unique survey of all parliamentary candidates to study: (i) the SD candidates’ positions on a large number of diverse issues, (ii) what issues they prioritize and (iii) the degree of ideological cohesion among their candidates. Secondarily, certain voter characteristics associated with the single-issue party concept are surveyed. Here, we use a large-scale exit poll to study: (i) SD voters’ demographic characteristics and (ii) what issues they prioritize. Throughout, the other main Swedish parties serve as points of comparison. Against what is commonly claimed, we find that the single-issue party label fits the SD poorly.

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2014. Vol. 49, no 2, 196-216 p.
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-216466DOI: 10.1057/ap.2013.18ISI: 000333724700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-216466DiVA: diva2:689905
Available from: 2014-01-22 Created: 2014-01-22 Last updated: 2014-05-14Bibliographically approved

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