Swedish Green Party Election Campaign 2010

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The Red-Green cooperation
Between 1998 and 2006, the Swedish Green Party together with the Left Party supported the minority Social Democratic government in parliament. Political achievements during this period included the green tax reform, the sabbatical year, and investments in biological diversity. Ahead of the 2006 elections, the four right-wing parties formed an alliance aiming to form a government together. This common strategy meant that is was harder to strike agreements across the political blocs.

Our attitude to bloc politics – defining ourselves as neither to the left nor to the right – has sometimes caused us problems since our voters and, indeed, some of our members tend to define themselves to the left. Also, as the Left Party and the Social Democratic Party to a certain extent are now focusing more on issues that are of importance to us, it has become easier to cooperate. Late in 2008, the Red-Greens declared a joint ambition to form a government together in the 2010 elections. Together, we created working groups in different areas to prepare a broad political platform.

Obviously, this cooperation had an influence on campaigning. A major part of the election campaign was actually carried out together with two other parties. Together, we created a joint Red-Green website, we issued joint press releases, joint campaigning was done with spokespersons/party leaders. We had joint events (one similar to the Green event in Kungsträdgården mentioned above, with artists and party leaders from all three parties) and even a joint election centre in Stockholm. During the annual ‘politician’s week’ on the island of Gotland we had joint activities, such as a big Red-Green party with some 1300 guests.

We also had joint campaigning material and a common election commercial (in Swedish only).

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