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The Leadership Capital IndexA New Perspective on Political Leadership$
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Mark Bennister, Ben Worthy, and Paul 't Hart

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198783848.001.0001

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Swedish Coalition Governments and the Quest for Re-election

Swedish Coalition Governments and the Quest for Re-election

(p.183) Chapter 10 Swedish Coalition Governments and the Quest for Re-election
The Leadership Capital Index

Fredrik Bynander

Pär Daléus

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a comparison of the leadership capital formation process of two Moderate party prime ministers, Carl Bildt and Fredrik Reinfeldt. Their government formation challenges were similar but their strategies differed and the ultimate outcomes—electoral defeat for Bildt and re-election for Reinfeldt—suggest superior “capital management” in the latter case. The findings, however, show that the ability to maintain support for the entire coalition is core for electoral success, and that this task is paradoxical for a leader of both a government and the senior coalition partner. Also, capitalizing on major events during the term in office is crucial as illustrated by the similar exposure to financial crises by the two governments and the relative success of the Reinfeldt government in exhibiting strength and efficacy under pressure.

Keywords:   Sweden, coalition government, re-election, Conservative party, Moderate party, Carl Bildt, Fredrik Reinfeldt

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