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Causes of party conflicts in local politics

Journal article
Authors Louise Skoog
David Karlsson
Published in Politics
Volume 38
Issue 2
Pages 182–196
ISSN 0263-3957
Publication year 2018
Published at School of Public Administration
Pages 182–196
Language en
Keywords causes of conflict, contestation, local politics, party conflict, size of demos
Subject categories Political Science, Public Administration Studies


This article shows how two forms of party conflict (political dissent and antagonistic behaviour) are related but explained by different factors. It is therefore of utmost importance to distinguish between the two forms of conflicts. Political dissent is mainly explained by the size of demos while social fragmentation, fiscal stress and party contestation increase antagonistic behaviour. The presence of a local protest party inflates both forms of conflict. Surprisingly, party contestation has less impact on conflict levels than earlier studies have suggested. The study builds on data from a unique survey conducted among all councillors in the 290 municipalities in Sweden.

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