For Enden af Den Tredje Vej?

Søren Smidt Bonnesen, Martin Vitved Schäfer, Caroline Gøtze Foldberg & Tilde Liv Andersen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines whether the Danish Social Democrats’ current electoral crisis is due to differences in the electorates and the Social Democrats’ values. The Social Democrats has lost support at every general election since 1998, and have been accused of being out of touch with the public opinion. The problem is illustrated by examining whether there is a values gap between the party and the electorate, why it has emerged, and which solutions there might be to the crisis. The empirical basis of the analysis consists of the electoral surveys from 1990, 2001 and 2011, a number of Social Democratic party platforms and working programs, and writings from a number of Social Democratic debaters. The analysis also includes a self-produced interview with the Mayor of Herlev, Thomas Gyldal. The analysis concludes that the support for the Social Democratic values is at least as high in 2011 as in 1990. This is a paradox, since the party is experiencing the lowest electoral support in a 100 years. Since 1990 the policies of the Social Democrats has turned right, which is why we are able to identify a values gap. It is demonstrated that the turn in the Social Democratic values is due to the adoption of the Third Way-doctrine, putted forth by Anthony Giddens. It is concluded that the Social Democrats must define it’s ideological compass, and that the party can exploit the distribution policies of the right-winged Danish People’s Party in order to regain support within the electorate.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato25 maj 2014
VejledereFlemming Juul Christiansen


  • Socialdemokraterne
  • vælgerkrise
  • værdier