Prompted by the publication of a study of the Swedish 2006 election, Ulf Bjereld asks a relatively simple question:
Hur skall vi givet högervågen i den svenska väljarkåren förstå opinionsutvecklingen efter valet?
or in English:
How can we explain the development in public opinion following the 2006 election, given the right-wing trend in the Swedish electorate
Easy, right? Especially given the fact that a) the centre-right coalition based its electoral succes on white-collar, not blue-collar votes, and b) dislike of Göran Persson played some, but not a deciding part in the Social Democratic defeat.
Hmm, yes. I think a couple of political scientists could spend some years trying to figure that one out. There is indeed something very strange about the Swedish electorate these days.