Seminar series on democracy

During 2017 and 2018, SNS hosts seminars where leading international and Swedish social scientists present new research in the field of democracy.

The starting point for this seminar series was the research report SNS Democracy Report 2017. Cooperation and Conflict in a Parliamentary Democracy, presented in September 2017, one year before the Swedish election.

This new initiative is the next step in SNS’s long-standing history of highlighting research on democracy and the political system. Between 1995‒2011, annual reports were presented on the subject by the SNS Democracy Council.

Financial support for the seminar series comes from the Riksbankens Jubileumfond (the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and the Social Sciences), the Swedish Research Council, and Bonnier Holding.

The seminar series has a reference group consisting of the following experts:
Katarina Barrling, Institutet för personal- och företagsutveckling IPF “Institute for Organizational Leadership” and the political science department, Uppsala University.
Erik Haegerstrand, Bonnier Holding.
Johannes Lindvall, Political science department, Lund University.
Torsten Persson, Insitute for International Economy, Stockholm University.
Kerstin Sahlin, Swedish Research Council.
Anders Sundin, Swedish Research Council.
Lena Wängnerud, Political Science department, University of Gothenburg, the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and the Social Sciences.

For questions about the seminar series, contact Stefan Sandström, Research Director, SNS.

Upcoming seminars

May 7, 2018: Citizens and political decision-making – experiences from Sweden’s three largest cities
Some city-building projects engage local residents more than others. Slussen in Stockholm is an example, as well as the West link and traffic congestion tax in Gothenburg. With perspectives from Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm, three researchers will report on political participation at the local level.

September 11, 2018: Post-election analysis
On the Tuesday after the Swedish parliamentary elections, SNS will host a post-election analysis seminar with leading researchers and opinion makers. Katarina Barrling, Håkan A Bengtsson, Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson and PM Nilsson will take part in a discussion moderated by Niklas Ekdal on the election results and what happens next.

Earlier seminars

SNS Democracy Report 2017: How well does the Swedish democracy function?

The general public’s trust in the political system is falling. It has become more difficult to build a stable government coalition and build a majority in the parliament. One year before the election, five political scientists presented their analysis of how well the Swedish parliamentary democracy is working.

Before the election: What makes us vote and how do we vote?

Two political scientists and two politicians discussed voting and voter behavior. What makes us go vote? What decides our party choices? And what do the parties think?

Research in brief:
Kasper M Hansen — Voting together
Maria Oscarson — How do we choose a party? (in Swedish)