Classes and Politics: A Changing Relationship

Gitte Sommer Harrits, Rune Stubager

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Throughout most of the twentieth century, class relations have been a key foundation of Danish politics. The chapter argues that class relations are still an important, although no longer as dominant, foundation of Danish politics. However, in order to grasp the class dimension of Danish politics, we need to understand class as a complex and possibly multidimensional phenomenon based on the distribution of different forms of resources. We test this claim empirically using data from the Danish National Election Study (1971–2019; Hansen and Stubager 2019; see We begin the chapter by briefly presenting theories of social class and politics, followed by an analysis of the development of class relations and class identity in Denmark. Finally, we analyse class and party choice using different operationalizations of class.
TitelThe Oxford Handbook of Danish Politics
RedaktørerPeter Munk Christiansen, Jørgen Elklit, Peter Nedergaard
Antal sider16
ForlagOxford University Press
ISBN (Trykt)9780198833598
StatusUdgivet - 2020


  • Socialt arbejde og sociale forhold