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Mikael Sundström

Mikael Sundström

Senior lecturer

Mikael Sundström

Centerpartiet – samling efter den ideologiska stormen

Author

  • Mikael Sundström
  • Malena Rosén Sundström

Summary, in English

The Centre party weathered what amounted to an almost existential mid-term public opinion crisis, to end up outperforming its coalition partners in the 2014 general election. Although it too fell back, it shed a notable proportion of tactical support voters, and actually increased its share of genuine, first-preference, voters. The Centre party has revisited and refreshed its ideological foundation, which, after a stormy interval, appears to have knitted party factions closer together. This process, like the one leading up to the election of party leader Annie Lööf in 2011, was characterised by unprecedented transparency and deliberation opportunities, and we argue that this has favourably impacted the party-internal arena. In the parliamentary arena, the Centre Party has been overshadowed by the much larger government coalition partner, the Moderate Party. There is some evidence to suggest that a level of resurgence may be on the cards as the party has now switched roles to become a freer and relatively strong-voiced opposition party.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2015

Language

Swedish

Pages

203-218

Publication/Series

Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift

Volume

117

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Fahlbeckska stiftelsen

Topic

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Status

Published

Research group

  • Partiforskningsgruppen

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0039-0747