Constitutional Reform 2010: Political Parties and the Rules of the Game

In agreement with all the opposition parties, the current majority government has submitted a proposal for constitutional reform to the parliament for approval before and - again - after the election in 2010.

The central idea of this research project has been to depart from the customary tradition of conducting research on constitutional reforms years after these reforms were are debated, approved and implemented. Such an approach relies heavily on archives and the memories of still-available participants in an effort to reconstruct the bargaining and the logic. By contrast, this project studies the making of constitutional reforms as it they takes place - i.e. in progress. By following what happens in real time, studying important events closely, and by paying close attention to what is taking place inside parties, this research will not only enrich our understanding of constitutional change but also on how political parties make difficult choices. In this project, these choices are related to broader developments in Swedish politics and in Nordic Europe.

This project is funded by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (P2007-0370:1-E).

The principal investigator is Professor Torbjörn Bergman. The other project members are Magnus Blomgren and David Feltenius at Umeå University. The project also sponsors the books The Madisonian Turn and Parliamentary Roles in Modern Legislatures, as well as a special issue of the journal Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift.

Please note that most infomation on this project is in Swedish.