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The idea of the nation and the surge in Sweden's xenophobic right

The social democrats and the moderate right in Sweden have both abandoned the idea of the nation, leaving it to the extreme right. Listen to Professor Lars Tragardth of the Institute for Civil Society Studies at Ersta Sköndal University College in Stockholm on the Swedish election result (audio, 34mins)
Tony Curzon Price
Lars Tragardh Tony Curzon Price
4 October 2010

Does the rise of the Sweden Democrats and the consolidation of the center right imply the end of a certain idea of social democracy in Sweden? No, argues Professor Tragardth, except to the extent that both the Social Democrats and the Alliance have abandoned the idea of the nation. And there are those who need it.


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