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date: 20 September 2017

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This chapter presents a broad description of the development of class voting in Sweden. The aim of the study goes beyond simple description, however, in that it presents and applies a wider frame for understanding the development of the relationship between class position and party choice. The chapter begins with a reflection on the theoretical basis for class voting as representing the relation between a social and a political cleavage. It then examines developments in voting patterns in constituencies of different social and political composition and as an expression of class identification, and concludes that the class cleavage is still a viable characteristic of the Swedish political system.

Keywords: class, cleavage, alignment, class identification, party system, social composition

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