Sweden and the issue of NATO membership: exploring a public opinion paradox
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2019

The past decade has seen substantial shifts in Swedish security policy and major change in the domestic debate about NATO. For the first time, all of the right-of-centre “alliance parties” are calling for a full NATO membership, and popular support for NATO has increased. Yet public opinion contains ambiguities and paradoxes that complicate the picture. At the same time as support for NATO has increased, the public is overwhelmingly for continued military non-alignment. Drawing on previous research, longitudinal data from national surveys, and other sources on defence and security issues, this article aims to increase our understanding of the development and change in Swedish public opinion on NATO. A key argument is that Erving Goffman’s theatre metaphor, combined with neo-institutional decoupling theory, to a large degree can help understand the public opinion paradox.

paradox

Sweden

security

NATO

defence

public opinion

Författare

Karl Ydén

Chalmers, Mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Maritima studier, Maritime Human Factors

Joakim Berndtsson

Göteborgs universitet

Magnus Petersson

Norsk Institutt for forsvarsstudier

Defence Studies

1470-2436 (ISSN) 1743-9698 (eISSN)

Vol. 19 1 1-18

Ämneskategorier

Studier av offentlig förvaltning

Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)

Historia

DOI

10.1080/14702436.2019.1568192

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