Spelets regler
: om postdemokrati och spelpolitik i Sverige

Translated title of the thesis: The Name Of The Game: postdemocracy And National Gaming Policy In Sweden
  • Liisa Norén

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Colin Crouch wrote in his book Post - democracy (2004) about democracy in crisis, the dialogue in the society was no longer between the citizens and politicians, but on its way back to the hands of the politics and business elite. This qualitative case study takes position in the concept post-democracy to study the interaction between the Swedish state, gambling companies and other actors, when the implementation of a new law regarding gambling began to apply as a law in Sweden 1 January 2019. The aim of the study was to investigate whether, and if so in what way, the data collection could be seen as an example of post-democratic processes in Swedish politics. The process between the actors is highlighted by a review of documents drawn up by the government, parliament and its authorities, bookmakers, representatives of gambling addiction, gambling research and media reporting. The study was carried out on the basis of Colin Crouch's description of post-democracy in business, politics and citizenship, as well as political scientist Chantal Mouffe's concept of "politics” and "the political". The results of the analysis show that parts  of  the decision-making process and the aftermath can be referred to as post-democratic, and that, according to Mouffe's definition, the policies pursued by Mouffe are more concerned with democratic principles that are about freedom rather than equality

    Date of Award2020-Nov-03
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorLiv Sunnercrantz (Supervisor) & Jonas Ringström (Examiner)

    Courses and Subjects

    • Sociology

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Sociology (50401)


    • postdemocracy
    • crouch
    • mouffe
    • the political
    • gambling bodies
    • svenska spel
    • monopoly
    • political participation

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