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Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century$
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Elin Haugsgjerd Allern and Tim Bale

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790471

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790471.001.0001

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Two Branches of the Same Tree?

Two Branches of the Same Tree?

Party–Union Links in Sweden in the Twenty-First Century

(p.206) 11 Two Branches of the Same Tree?
Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century

Jenny Jansson

Oxford University Press

The relationship between the Swedish Social Democrats (SAP) and Trade Union Confederation (LO) served as a prototype of a successful historical cooperation between parties and unions. This chapter demonstrates that although Sweden has undergone several economic, social, and political changes since the 1970s, the links between the party and the confederation are still multifarious: there are still personnel overlaps between LO and SAP, and LO still holds representation in the party’s board and executive committee. The support from LO, in terms of financial resources and manpower during election campaigns, is very important for SAP. One important party–union link has disappeared during the past thirty years, namely collective affiliation. In spite of this change, the relationship between SAP and LO appears to be vital.

Keywords:   social democracy, LO, SAP, TCO, collective affiliation, Swedish politics

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