After the Divorce: Social Democrats and Trade Unions in Sweden
2003 (English)In: Party Politics, ISSN 1354-0688, E-ISSN 1460-3683, Vol. 9, no 3, 369-390 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Well-known theories of party organization and behaviour suggest that the mass parties of Western Europe have evolved into new models, with more powerful and autonomous leaderships and weaker memberships and collateral organizations. However, these theories have not really been tested in in-depth case studies - particularly beyond the national level of the parties. This article examines the mass party par excellence, the Swedish Social Democratic Party and focuses on the party’s traditionally close relationship with the blue-collar trade unions. There is evidence to support the theories of party change, but these organizational developments are patchy at the local level. Moreover, various data deployed in support of the theories may be understating the enduring influence of collateral organizations within parties.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 9, no 3, 369-390 p.
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-7263DOI: 10.1177/1354068803009003005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-7263DiVA: diva2:406067