Political scientist: “Pretty good dividend for SD”
The announcement that the four right-wing parties nominate Andreas Norlén (M) to continue as speaker may mean that the Sweden Democrats get something in return, according to political scientist Tommy Möller.
“SD has a strong negotiating position,” says political scientist Jonas Hinnfors.
That the Moderates, The fact that the Sweden Democrats, the Christian Democrats and the Liberals are now coming forward with a joint nomination shows that they had a consensus, according to Tommy Möller, who is a professor of political science at Stockholm University.
“It is also important in this situation, in a rather polarized situation after an election campaign, that you can have a kind of consensus around the office of speaker,” says Tommy Möller.
Norlén’s time as speaker has been difficult with many different government formations, something he handled in a meritorious way, says Tommy Möller.
“He has been respected in all parties as far as I understand,” he says.
The fact that it is a moderate, and not a Sweden Democrat, who has been nominated, Tommy Möller believes, can lead to SD getting other issues through.
“It is clear that, they may not be part of the government, they may not appoint the speaker, so reasonably, if they are not very weak in the negotiations, it will of course mean that they can get paid when it comes to policy, I think.”
At the same time, the parties have agreed about giving the Sweden Democrats eight of the 16 presidium posts that the right-wing bloc has at its disposal in the Riksdag’s committees.
“It’s a pretty good dividend for SD,” says Jonas Hinnfors, professor of political science at the University of Gothenburg.
Since the chairmanship and the presidium positions came at the same time, it is clear that there was a give and take, points out Hinnfors.
“We also don’t know if this is an isolated negotiation, or part of a larger game.”
Government formation and substantive policy, but also appointments in government agencies can become puzzle pieces in a larger negotiation game, Hinnfors observes.
“Everything can be subject to negotiations. That’s what we’re starting to see now.”
“And SD has a strong negotiating position.”