chapter  2
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Strengthened opposition, yet high levels of cooperation
WithFlemming Juul Christiansen

Permanent opposition parties in Denmark have increased in number and voter support over the last decade when the country was hit relatively hard by the global financial crisis. However, they have not become more radical in their behaviour. They support government bills to the same extent as before, and they do not perform more legislative activities. One likely reason is that with the almost permanent minority governments, Danish opposition parties, opposition or mainstream, become involved in policymaking. This makes them able to act ‘semi’-irresponsible combining policy influence on some topics with more principled opposition on others.