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Švédský stranický systém po parlamentních volbách v roce 2014
Swedish Party System after the 2014 Parliamentary Elections

Author(s): Miloš Brunclík
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Česká společnost pro politické vědy
Keywords: Sweden; parliamentary elections; party system

Summary/Abstract: The 2014 parliamentary elections in Sweden yielded three main results: 1) Social Democrats returned to the government after eight years in opposition; for the first time since 1957 they created a government coalition (with the Green Party) and not a single-party government. 2) The populist radical right Sweden Democrats became the major victor of the elections, since their electoral result almost doubled in comparison to the 2010 elections; as a result, neither left-wing nor the right-wing parties command the parliamentary majority, and the Sweden Democrats can again tip the scale of power in the Swedish party politics. 3) The new incumbent cabinet lost the key parliamentary vote on the budget and called early elections. This surprising move was caused by inability of other parliamentary parties to find a cross-block agreement on budget issues in order to prevent Sweden Democrats from having too much power in the Swedish politics.

  • Issue Year: 20/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 141-160
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Czech