Between Identities and Interests

  • Kjetil DuvoldEmail author
  • Sten Berglund
  • Joakim Ekman


While much of this book is about mass attitudes, values and identities, Chap.  3 is also concerned with political behaviour: how and to what extent does political culture translate into support for various party alternatives? The first section is a reflection on the formation and configuration of parties and cleavages in the aftermath of the Soviet period, followed by a concise outline of the party development in the three countries. It proceeds with a section on public perceptions of conflict dimensions separating the political parties, before zooming in on the left/right dimension. Estonia and Latvia stand out in a regional context in the sense that left/right is effectively fused with ethnic divisions; that the majority populations tend to vote for parties on the right and the minority populations opt for leftist parties. In Lithuania, the notion of left and right was also part and parcel of the independence movement, but was never a byword for ethnic divisions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dalarna UniversityFalunSweden
  2. 2.Örebro UniversityÖrebroSweden
  3. 3.Södertörn UniversityStockholmSweden

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