Riksdag in Focus
Swedish History in a Parliamentary Perspective
By Stig Hadenius
Almqvist & Wiksell
Popular representation in government has a long history in Sweden. This book blends narration, pictures and facts in an easily accessible presentation, tracing the varied and dramatic development of the Swedish parliament from the early popular meetings during the Middle Ages. In the sixteenth century it evolved into an assembly of four Estates: the Nobility, the Clergy, the Burghers and the Peasantry.
The decades around 1700 saw a period of absolute monarchy, which was replaced by parliamentary power during the Age of Liberty. In 1809 a constitutional monarchy was replaced another period or royal power. Around the turn of the century 1900 there were inflammed conflicts and agitation for and against democracy and parliamentarism. Today Sweden has a unicameral parliament chosen by universal and equal suffrage.
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