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Why Has the Far Right Grown Rapidly in Sweden?

  • Journal of the Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Abbr : JSSK
  • 2016, (18), pp.1-30
  • Publisher : The Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > North Europe(Scandinavian)

Shin Kwang-Yeong 1

1중앙대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper explores the causes of the rapid growth of Sweden Democrats, the extreme rightist party in Sweden, after it entered into the Risdag in 2006 for the first time. While Sweden Democrats proclaimed anti-immigration party as a main party principle from 1988 when it started, it failed to get sufficient votes for the seats in the Risdag. However, it succeeded in entering into the Risdag under the hostile reaction from the existing parties in 2010 under the condition of the high level of voters’ distrust of the existing political parties. It could expand its social base to be the third largest party in the Risdag in 2014 in the crisis of migration in Europe. Unlike neo-liberal rightist parties, it mobilized the fear of the working class and getting large supports from it by invoking anti-immigration and proclaiming welfare chauvinism.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.