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Sailing along new cleavages: Understanding the electoral success of the Swedish Pirate Party in the European parlament election 2009

Journal article
Authors Marie Demker
Published in Government and Opposition
Volume 49
Issue 2
Pages 188-206
ISSN 0017-257X
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 188-206
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1017/gov.2013.24
Keywords Pirate party; cleavages; knowledge politics
Subject categories Sociology, Political Science

Abstract

In the Swedish European Parliamentary Election in 2009 the Swedish Pirate Party took two seats in the parliament and 7.1 per cent of the Swedish voters’ support. The party was absolutely new and the usual concept of populist parties does not seem to fit the Pirate movement very well. It is anti-authoritarian and aims to enhance civic liberties for youngsters, to give open access to culture through the internet and to improve personal integrity and human dignity on the World Wide Web. Transnationalism is one foundation for the party but another is a value foundation of universal human rights and individual freedom, disregarding national borders. This article is an investigation of the Pirate Party as a possible new party family, driven by new sociopolitical cleavages in the modern information society.

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