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Sweden’s Multi-Party System The party system in Sweden, at least at first glance, seems to function like the typical western European party system, not dissimilar from that of the United Kingdom, for example. Upon observation, one can delineate a partisan system where “left wing” and “right wing” parties battle for seats in Parliament and for the Prime Ministerial position. (Gallagher et al, 2006) The way in which Sweden differs from the typical western European democracy, however, is in the organization and structure of the party system (the number of parties and where these parties fall on the political continuum) – and also in how these left wing and right wing parties interact within the system. The party system in Sweden is a multi-party system, consisting of labor parties (social democrats), conservative parties, and agrarian and center parties. (Sundberg, 1999) Given the sheer number and type of parties in the Swedish government, it is clear to see that the party system is very much fragmented. In Sweden, the Social Democrats have held power for decades,
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2008 for the course BIOL 240W taught by Professor Nelson,kimberlyn during the Spring '08 term at Penn State.

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