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Swedish Voting Behavior

Authors Henrik Oscarsson
Sören Holmberg
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Political Science
Language en
Keywords The Swedish Election Studies Program, riksdag elections, voting behavior, democracy
Subject categories Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


The results presented in the following set of figures and tables stem from the Swedish Election Studies Program. The Program was initiated by Jörgen Westerståhl and Bo Särlvik in the mid 1950s, shortly after the Michigan Election Studies Project began. The first studies were done in conjunction with the local elections in 1954 and the parliamentary election in 1956. In all national elections since 1956 – including the ATP-referendum in 1957, the Nuclear Power-referendum in 1980, the EU-referendum in 1994, the Euro-referendum in 2003 and the European Parliament elections in 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2009 – a large representative sample of eligible voters has been interviewed. The basic design in the latest studies has been a rolling panel in which half of the sample has been interviewed in connection with the previous election, and the other half in connection with the succeeding election. In recent years the sample size has been approximately 3 500- 4 000 and the response rate about 75 per cent. The early Election Studies were directed by Jörgen Westerståhl (1954–1956), Bo Särlvik (1954–1973) and Olof Petersson (1973–1976). The most recent studies have been directed by Mikael Gilljam (1985 – 1994), Sören Holmberg (1979–2010) and Henrik Oscarsson (2002 – 2010). The latest publications from the program covering a Riksdag election is Regeringsskifte (2008) and Åttapartivalet 2010 (2011) written by Henrik Oscarsson and Sören Holmberg.

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