Political Competition in Sweden 1976-2014

A Comparative Analysis at the Local Level

in Comparative Sociology
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The main purpose of this study is to examine political competition on the local level in Sweden and to empirically test two theories of political competition, namely whether the size of the unit affects the variation in political competition and whether socioeconomic standards affect the variation in political competition. The findings support the suggested causal mechanism between socioeconomic standards and competition. Accordingly, units with higher socioeconomic standards have a higher level of political competition. Some empirical findings also support the suggested causal mechanism between the size of the units and the political competition. The findings show that population size is a robust determinant of competition and that a larger population size affects competition positively. The findings show also that area size is a relatively robust determinant of competition and that area size has a negative effect on competition. However the negative effect is contrary to the expectations.

Political Competition in Sweden 1976-2014

A Comparative Analysis at the Local Level

in Comparative Sociology

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See also Downs (1957).

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In model 1 the five cases Kiruna (1994) Kiruna (2002) Stockholm (2006) Gällivarie (1998) and Gällivarie (2002) have a Cook’s value of over .010. In model 2 the four cases Stockholm (2006) Stockholm (2010) Vellinge (2006) and Kiruna (2002) have a Cook’s value of over .010. In model 3 the seven cases Kiruna (1994) Stockholm (2006) Gällivarie (1998) Jokkmokk (1998) Gällivarie (2006) Arjeplog (2014) and Vaxholm (2006) have a Cook’s value of over .010.

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    Central trend and dispersion in political competition 1976-2014.
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    Scatterplot – political competition 1976 and 2014.

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