7 Changes in Class Voting in Norway, 1957–1989

Kristen Ringdal and Kjell Hines

in The End of Class Politics?

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296348
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599194 | DOI:
  7 Changes in Class Voting in Norway, 1957–1989

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Despite their reputation as the home of a highly developed form of class politics, the first of two Scandinavian case studies examines trends in relative class voting in Norwegian Storting elections from 1957 to 1988 and shows that there was a decline in levels of class voting in the 1960s. Ironically, perhaps, the reason for this change would appear to be the political success of class politics, in which universalistic welfare provision legislation—in part a response to the strength of the working class movement—led to an erosion of middle class opposition to welfarism.

Chapter.  7987 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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