Skip to main content
Login | Suomeksi | På svenska | In English

Plummeting Pillars : Waning support of pole parties in Norden

Show full item record

Title: Plummeting Pillars : Waning support of pole parties in Norden
Author(s): Árnason, Ragnar
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences
Degree program: Master's Programme in European and Nordic Studies
Specialisation: Social Sciences
Language: English
Acceptance year: 2022
Political landscapes or the political scene in the Nordic countries is often regarded of being very similar, whether it is the party system, voters’ behaviour, or political discourse. Since the formation of the political party system in Norden, three party types have been the ballast of the Nordic party landscape. These are in each country a social democratic party, a conservative party, and a centre-agrarian party. Those parties were identified by Jan Sundberg as the Nordic “pole parties”. In the last few years these parties’ support has been waning and these parties do not have as much combined electoral support as they once did. In this thesis three different variables will be analysed to determine if they have affected the support towards these pole parties. The variables in question are party identification, trust towards politicians, and voter turnout. National election studies and formal turnout figures will be used to determine whether these variables affect the support of towards Nordic pole parties. The methods used are quantitative binary logistic regression analysis and coefficient correlation analysis. The key findings in this thesis are that all three variables play a certain role in the waning support of pole parties in Norden, however, all in a different way.
Keyword(s): Nordic Politics Norden pole parties Nordic voting behaviour

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
Arnason_Ragnar_masterthesis_2022.pdf 881.8Kb PDF

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record