The Norwegian National Election: Europe’s Most Leftist Government Defeated by Right-Wing Coalition | The Bullet No. 883

The Norwegian National Election: Europe’s Most Leftist Government Defeated by Right-Wing Coalition | The Bullet No. 883.

The red-green coalition government in Norway, whose political platform when it took power in 2005 was called the most progressive in Europe, experienced a bitter defeat in the country’s parliamentary election on 9 September. A coalition of four centre-right and right-wing parties, including a right-wing populist party, gained a solid majority and are now negotiating the political platform for a new government.

This happened in a situation in which oil revenue is pouring into the public coffers, the economic crisis goes virtually unnoticed, the unemployment rate is at a record low, real wages have been steadily increasing for a long time and most of the welfare state is still intact. To put it short, the country, with its abundance of oil and natural gas resources, and a history of democracy and social equality, represents a lucky exception in the world. How on earth could a red-green government at all lose an election in such circumstances?

What Happened?

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4 thoughts on “The Norwegian National Election: Europe’s Most Leftist Government Defeated by Right-Wing Coalition | The Bullet No. 883

  1. perhaps you can explain it oh the election was fought on issues that had nothing to do with the economy but on identity politics. Just wondering

    1. Sometimes identity politics can’t be so easily separated from economic issues. Particularly if ideas of national identity are related to issues of the social and economic rights of citizens. Norway has a pretty comprehensive and universal welfare state. In that kind of context, immigration may be viewed as a threat to the ‘social model’ of Norway. But I’m just guessing. I don’t know much about Norway outside of this article. If I learn more, I’ll post it.

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