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Conflicting Conceptualisations of Europeanisation – Sweden Country Report

Borevi, Karin; Petrogiannis, Vasileios

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  "description": "<p>This report explores how recent processes of immigration have changed discourses about&nbsp;Europe and migration in Swedish political speeches and newspaper editorials 2011-2018.&nbsp;In the period up to September 2015, political speeches and editorials reflected a dominant&nbsp;humanitarian discourse and Sweden was expected to strive for a better and more coordinated&nbsp;EU policy approach in relation to refugees. The prevailing image was of Sweden as a&nbsp;forerunner and role model for other EU member states. The right-wing populist party the&nbsp;Sweden Democrats (SD) represented a counter-discourse, instead emphasizing as a main&nbsp;problem that Sweden diverged from other European countries in maintaining a more generous&nbsp;approach towards migration. &nbsp;In Sweden, liberal ideas and rhetoric about Europe dominate the political discourse.&nbsp;Political speeches analysed in this report reflect images of Europe as an &ldquo;open society&rdquo;; the&nbsp;aim being to incorporate diversity in the European project along with the fundamental approval&nbsp;of human rights based on the liberal platform of respect of individual dignity. The material&nbsp;analyzed in this report gives relatively few examples of framings characteristic of conservative&nbsp;ideas of Europe. One reason for this may be that, given the dominance of the liberal discourse,&nbsp;even right-wing populist party representatives (Sweden Democrats, SD) tend to frame their&nbsp;messages and proposals in a liberalist language. There are however recurrent examples of&nbsp;arguments and framings &ndash; used by SD as well as other political parties &ndash; focusing on the&nbsp;alleged threat that external migration represents, to Sweden and/or to Europe, and there is an&nbsp;indication of an increase in this type of frame in the second part of the studied period (2015-2018).</p>", 
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      "affiliation": "Uppsala University", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Borevi, Karin"
      "affiliation": "S\u00f6dert\u00f6rn University", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Petrogiannis, Vasileios"
  "headline": "Conflicting Conceptualisations of Europeanisation \u2013 Sweden Country Report", 
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  "datePublished": "2020-11-24", 
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  "version": "v.1", 
  "keywords": [
    "Europeanization, migration, populism"
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  "name": "Conflicting Conceptualisations of Europeanisation \u2013 Sweden Country Report"
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