Some notes about the new government and its programme:
1. Kristian Jensen was booted upwards as Foreign Minister. Yes, it is a traditionally prestigious portfolio but the Foreign Ministry these days plays second fiddle to the Prime Minister’s Office and despite being a member of the two central government committees, he will be abroad for much of the time. Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Claus Hjort Frederiksen will form the central axis in the new government.
2. The government programme is characterized by the government’s status as a single-party government which will have to seek support for its policies in the Folketing on a case-by-case basis. It is fairly close to the Liberal Party’s platform but also unspecific on a number of central issues. We still have to see how the government will turn the programme into specific bills.
3. I have a professional interest in social and employment policies so let me note that the old Social Affairs portfolio has been effectively dismantled and distributed on the Employment, Immigration, Interior, Health and Business portfolios. The Employment portfolio, incidentally, is now very similar to the UK Department for Work of Pensions (with the new minister having the task of proposing and implementing something related to the UK Universal Credit system).
4. The low share of women ministers has been noted. The Danish Liberals always were a very masculine party – you could even argue that the party culture under Lars Løkke Rasmussen has a laddish element to it – even if it has had a number of strong female politicians from the 1950s onward. It remains to be seen if this batch includes a Helga Petersen, Nathalie Lind or Britta Schall Holberg of the 2010s.