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Ethno-nationalism versus Populism in the case of the Sweden Democrats

Conference contribution
Authors Gabriella Elgenius
Jens Rydgren
Published in 28th Association for the study of ethnicity and nationalism (ASEN) Annual Conference. London School of Economics: 27-28 March 2018
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Language en
Subject categories Political Science, Sociology


Radical right - wing parties in Europe are increasingly referred to by their populist elements, their anti - system, anti - elitism and anti - establishment. This article will discuss whether the label of populism is misleading and whether it is the ethno - national elements that defines these parties, taking the Sweden Democrats as the ca se in point. Although the master frame enabling electoral success has combined elements of populism and anti - establishment with ethno - nationalism, it is the latter that ultimately defines radical right - wing parties by its rhetoric around the nation, identi fied problems as well as advocated solutions. The empirical material used for this analysis include recent and valid political manifests over the period of 2011 - 2018, article s by the party leadership published in the party’s own journal (SD - Kuriren), speec hes at recent party conferences and the election film 2018. We concentrate on current rhetoric, leaving aside the changes and shifts that have taken place over time.

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