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Political Competition in Sweden 1976-2014: A Comparative Analysis at the Local Level
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6284-2591
2017 (English)In: Comparative Sociology, ISSN 1569-1322, E-ISSN 1569-1330, Vol. 16, no 4, 499-522 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this study is to examine political competition on the local level in

Sweden and to empirically test two theories of political competition, namely whether

the size of the unit affects the variation in political competition and whether socioeconomic

standards affect the variation in political competition. The findings support

the suggested causal mechanism between socioeconomic standards and competition.

Accordingly, units with higher socioeconomic standards have a higher level of political

competition. Some empirical findings also support the suggested causal mechanism

between the size of the units and the political competition. The findings show that

population size is a robust determinant of competition and that a larger population

size affects competition positively. The findings show also that area size is a relatively

robust determinant of competition and that area size has a negative effect on competition.

However the negative effect is contrary to the expectations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2017. Vol. 16, no 4, 499-522 p.
Keyword [en]
local democracy; municipality; political competition; size; socioeconomic standard
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31357DOI: 10.1163/15691330-12341435OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31357DiVA: diva2:1130353
Available from: 2017-08-09 Created: 2017-08-09 Last updated: 2017-08-21Bibliographically approved

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