Path: ICPP > ICPP1990 > Danish Radical Left Party > Index to variables > Variable 5.06

Longitudinal Study of Party Change, 1950-1990*
Danish Social Liberal, or the Radical Left Party
(Radikale Venstre)
5.06 Support of the Military
Conceptual and Operational Definitions

1950

-5

THE RADICAL PARTY IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS ANTI-MILITARIST STANCE AND HAS USED ITS INFLUENCE WHILE IN GOVERNING COALITIONS TO KEEP DEFENSE SPENDING AT AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM. THIS STRONG OPPOSITION TO DEFENSE SPENDING ENDED IN 1960.

1951

-5

1952

-5

1953

-5

1954

-5

"In the 1954 economic crisis, therefore, Hedtoft's government [SD] was forced to turn to the Radicals and was prepared to pay the price in the area of defense spending. An agreement was reached between the two parties on 25 September 1954 and included a reduction in conscript service time from 18 to 16 months as well as a reduction in military construction and the size of the annual call-ups..." (Einhorn, 1975, 50 - Patti Goff)

1955

-5

reference to "...the Radical party's goal of non-aligned neutrality as an alternative to NATO membership." (Einhorn, 1975, 47 - Patti Goff)

1956

-5

1957

-5

1958

-5

1959

-5

1960

-5

"Hermod Lannung rose on behalf of the Radical party and hinted at why his party had participated in drafting the new defense law and agreed to the five-party compromise. The Radicals had sought to influence the form of the new law before drafting was completed and most of all, to prevent the stationing of nuclear weapons or foreign troops on Danish territory. In addition, the Radicals had been anxious to keep defense expenditures as low as possible and to reduce the length of conscript services. The new law served these ends to some degree..." (Einhorn, 1975, 72 - Patti Goff)

1961

-5

1962

-5

1963

-5

1964

-5

1965

-5

1966

-5

1967

-5

1968

-5

1969

-5

1970

-5

1971

-5

1972

-5

1973

-5

1974

-5

1975

-5

1976

-5

1977

-5

1978

-5

1979

-5

1980

-5

1981

-5

1982

-5

1983

-5

1984

-5

1985

-5

1986

-5

1987

-5

1988

-5

1989

-5

1990

-5