Europas gränser i svensk partipolitik
The aim of my study is to illuminate the borders, both spatial and aspatial, that are drawn around Europe in swedish politics by using the word in question in different ways. To increase my possibilites of comparing different concepts of Europe, I have chosen to restrict my study to Folkpartiet and Vänsterpartiet, which are the two swedish parties who seem to stand the furthest from each other on issues regarding Europe and the EU. Using theory on borders and bordering, I construct an analytical framework consisting of a separation of three categories of entities, around which borders can be drawn. In my search for both obvious and implicit ways of filling the word Europe with content, I find that both parties speak of Europe in a highly contradictory way, which both includes and excludes peripheral regions of a geographical Europe. My second conclusion is that both parties tend to associate Europe with things that are positive to them. Finally, I conclude that Folkpartiet fills the word Europe with valuations, which seem to define the geographical space of Europe, while Vänsterpartiet separates their version of Europe as an idea, from Europe as a geographical space.
Gränser, gränsdragning, Vänsterpartiet, Folkpartiet, Europa, EU
Borders, bordering, Vänsterpartiet, Folkpartiet, Europe, EU