Forligspraksissen i dansk politik

Anne-Sofie Lilly Kaiser & Sofie Olivia Fuglsang

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


The present project originates from a common interest of how and why political parties make legis- lative coalition, and the resulting practice this may have in politics and in the democratic process. Our investigation is based on several theories regarding legislative coalition, developed by different research on the area, theory of deliberative democracy by Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson as well as the construction of the modern representative democracy by Robert Dahl. The empirical background of the project is based on three qualitative interviews and an analysis of documents from a conference that was held in the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) about its own working prac- tice. The analysis is divided into two parts. The first part is a descriptive investigation of legislative coalition as political practice. The second part is a normative evaluation of the implications of coali- tion based on different democratic theories. In addition, the project discusses the results of the anal- ysis, the chosen theory and methods. In the light of the analysis and the discussion our conclusion is that the political parties use legislative coalitions differently whether they are governing or in oppo- sition. Agreements ensure political drive and influence. In addition, agreements constitute a way to handle cooperation with mutual competition. Moreover, we find advantages as well as disad- vantages regarding the Danish practice of legislative coalition. Agreements ensure a comprehensive representation and political stability. However, an agreement also means that the political parties must compromise with their own politics. This means that the responsibility becomes less clear for the voters. Moreover, the negotiations take place behind closed doors, which impairs the public insight in the political work, which we in this project conclude as a major impairment of the demo- cratic process, since public oversight is essential in a democracy.

UddannelserPolitik og Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2016
Antal sider63
VejledereAllan Dreyer Hansen


  • Forlig
  • Dansk politik
  • Demokrati