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Portrait of Simon Davidsson

Simon Davidsson

Doctoral student

Portrait of Simon Davidsson

Left-right Orientation, Homeownership and Class Position in Sweden

Author

  • Simon Davidsson

Summary, in English

Sweden is a country where left-right orientation structures the political landscape, homeownership is increasingly important, and the importance of class for political preferences and behavior is changing or even weakening. This article explores the significance of homeownership for left-right orientation in Sweden, and extends the relationship to include class position. By combining detailed cross-sectional survey data with data on regional house price variations it suggests that homes function as an economic asset that affects individual political preferences. Furthermore, the relationship between homeownership and left-right orientation is expected to be driven by particular class groups, whose labor market position imply a more leftist orientation, while their status as homeowners imply a more rightist one. The expectation is borne out, which indicates that the asset function of homes help accounting for changing class patterns of left-right orientation in Sweden.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2018

Language

English

Pages

309-331

Publication/Series

Scandinavian Political Studies

Volume

41

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Topic

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

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0080-6757