He sees five overall reasons why the party now has reached parliament.
There is a limited but distinct elector’s opinion behind the Sweden Democrats’ ideas on immigrants and immigration. Now those voters have found a clear alternative.
The death of Ideology
This election campaign has been as much about opinion polls and shape of the day, as about concrete policy. This has contributed to the lack of ideological discussion which has been so favourable to the Sweden Democrats. The bloc politics that has marked the election campaign has turned the Sweden Democrats into a distinct third alternative, an underdog. The difficulty to make a difference between the two “labour parties” heading the two blocs creates a political vacuum where the Sweden Democrats can step in.
During the passed term of office the Sweden Democrats have made their media breakthrough. Of course this benefits the party. Another explanation for the success of the Sweden Democrats is that they so clearly have been presented as a party holding the balance of power. By reporting on who can consider cooperating with the Sweden Democrats or not, and by constantly returning to the question, media has given the party a role that is more important than they deserve. This has cleared all doubts among the potential SD voters who feared that their vote would be wasted.
The political climate
During last years there have been a number of debates putting the party’s core issues on the charts. The attention to the municipal refugee reception, the unaccompanied refugee children, riots and stone throwing in suburbs and not the least the veil and burka debate. In some cases the Sweden Democrats have played a role in the discussions, in other cases they have not. Strictly speaking this doesn’t matter. The Sweden Democrats are favoured anyhow because this makes their issues important. It is sometimes being said that we do not speak openly about the problems with integration policy in Sweden. It is rather the opposite. That we have failed integration is arguably one of the most worn out political phrases. And the fact that it is constantly being repeated only helps SD.
This, combined, has contributed to turning the Sweden Democrats into a more realistic alternative for the party’s potential voters.
Most importantly the party has effectively reduced its TARGET AREAS for its opponents. They have, as they express it themselves, adapted its policy to reality.
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