New (Types) of Parties and Government: The Danish general election 2022

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There was a high level of rallying around the flag during Covid-19 for the Social Democratic government. But the support waned with the sense of crisis, and some ‘scandals’ surfaced. The ‘mink scandal’ caused an early election to be called. A high number of parties, 14, competed in the election, and after the election 12 parties are represented in parliament – a new record number. When comparing the election results of 2019 and 2022, two overall results stand out. First, only one of the two traditional large parties has maintained such elevated status and fragmentation is increased. Second, two new parties have made it into the ‘top-5’ in 2022, both of which were formed by former prominent Liberals. The election yielded a narrow victory to the red bloc. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was able to stay in office after the election but exchanged her red bloc parliamentary majority with a coalition government with the Liberals and Moderates. Thus, a new type of coalition has emerged, a majority government spanning the usual two blocs, hence, challenged by opposition both to the right and left.
TidsskriftWest European Politics
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)1222-1233
StatusUdgivet - 2023

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