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In: Ett liv som handledare. Uppsala : Uppsala universitet, 2018. 5-16.
Inspired by structured decision making (SDM) - a collaborative approach to the governance of multiple forest valuesMer info
Ecology & society 2018, : -.
In recent decades consensus-oriented decision making has become increasingly common in the management of natural resources due to the recognition that collaborative processes may enhance the legitimacy of decision making and facilitate effective implementation. Previous research has identified a number of problems with the design and practical facilitation of collaborative processes. Structured decision making (SDM) has been developed as an alternative suitable for decision making characterized by complexity, stakeholder controversy and scientific uncertainty. The aim of this study is to investigate the feasibility and practical relevance of collaboration and dialogue inspired by SDM in the sphere of forest management. The methods used include analyses of records of meetings and semi-structured interviews with participating stakeholders and organizers of a collaborative process focused on improving the management of Swedish forests in the young forest phase. The results show that the SDM rationale of step-by-step teamwork, the involvement of experts, and guidance by an independent facilitator has a number of merits. These included the creation of genuine discussion with careful consideration of different interests and values, thus building trust among stakeholders and the Forest Agency. However, at the end of the process some issues still remained unclear, including how the decision options would be made practically useful and accessible to forest owners. Furthermore, concerns were raised about the lack of novelty of the options. As a result, there was uncertainty about the extent to which the options would contribute to a more varied forest landscape given the multiple values involved. The paper concludes with some remarks on the potential future of engaging SDM in the forestry sector.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2018, 15 (9): -.
Seasonal allergies have been associated with mental health problems, though the evidence is still emergent, particularly in the United States. We analyzed data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication and the National Latino and Asian American Survey (years 2001⁻2003). Multivariable logistic regression models were used to examine the relations between lifetime allergies and lifetime psychiatric disorders (each disorder in a separate model), adjusting for socio-demographic variables (including region of residence) and tobacco use. Analyses were also stratified to test for effect modification by race and sex. A history of seasonal allergies was associated with greater odds of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, but not alcohol or substance use disorders, after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics and tobacco use. The associations between seasonal allergies and mood disorders, substance use disorders, and alcohol use disorders were particularly strong for Latino Americans. The association between seasonal allergies and eating disorders was stronger for men than women. Seasonal allergies are a risk factor for psychiatric disorders. Individuals complaining of seasonal allergies should be screened for early signs of mental health problems and referred to specialized services accordingly.
»SS marschiert im Feindesland?« - »Germanische« Waffen-SS-Veteranen und ihre Gedenkorte im OstenMer info
Small Business Economics 2018, : -.
This paper explores regional variation in the effects of publicly sponsored R&D grants on SME performance. The results suggest that there is no guarantee that the grants will impact firm growth, either positive or negative. Positive growth effects are most likely to be found for publicly sponsored R&D grants targeting SMEs located in regions abundant with skilled labor, whereas the opposite is found for SMEs located in regions with a limited supply of skilled labor.
In: Time in the History of Art. New York & Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2018. 1-10.
Art history as we know it is regarded by many actors in the art world as obsolete. Today, it seems contemporaneity rules in a “post-historical” situation, where art history seems deprived of a future. Some two decades or more after the heyday of postmodernism, it is time to reconsider what kinds of historical claims can still be made for the field of art history and visual studies. If the very word “history” is laden with antiquated expectations of “objectivity” as the discipline goes about its customary business of putting objects back into their chronological place, then the concept of temporality opens up fresh approaches to the temporal organization of the discipline. What if visual art is in a position to explain and expand history rather than vice versa? What if the artwork grounds history? What if the work does not necessarily belong to its own time, but was born prematurely or belatedly, disjointed with respect to a chronological axis? Art historical approaches are still possible, indeed needed, but they do look a little different from those to which we have become accustomed.
Nature Communications 2018, 9 : -.
Habitat loss through land-use change is the most pressing threat to biodiversity worldwide. European semi-natural grasslands have suffered an ongoing decline since the early twentieth century, but we have limited knowledge of how grassland loss has affected biodiversity across large spatial scales. We quantify land-use change over 50-70 years across a 175,000 km(2) super-region in southern Sweden, identifying a widespread loss of open cover and a homogenisation of landscape structure, although these patterns vary considerably depending on the historical composition of the landscape. Analysing species inventories from 46,796 semi-natural grasslands, our results indicate that habitat loss and degradation have resulted in a decline in grassland specialist plant species. Local factors are the best predictors of specialist richness, but the historical landscape predicts present-day richness better than the contemporary landscape. This supports the widespread existence of time-lagged biodiversity responses, indicating that further species losses could occur in the future.
I denna avhandling utforskas hur “queert digitalt mediebruk” samproducerar uppfattningar om tid, rum och queert varande i det samtida Ryssland. Med hänsyn till de särskilda implikationer som (o)synlighet har för queera individer, samt vikten av att hålla isär sfärer som står i konflikt med varandra, ämnar den att bidra med en kontextualiserad beskrivning av hur queert liv levs med och genom digitala medier, i en miljö präglad av ökad homofobi. Empiriskt baseras studien på fältarbete och djupintervjuer med queera män i Sankt Petersburg från 2013–2015, i enlighet med en ”non-digital-centric” digital etnografi. Genom att anlägga ett distinkt fenomenologiskt perspektiv, avser studien besvara frågor om hur digitala medier hör samman med informanternas queera orientering i världen. Hur påverkar digitala medier uppfattningar av det som är avlägset och nära, och var de tänker sig höra hemma? På vilka sätt är digitala medier sammanflätade med informanternas riktning framåt och hur de förnimmer sin framtid? Och hur kan vi förstå samspelet mellan kroppars och digitala koders olika rörelseförmåga? För att besvara sådana frågor sätter studien samman en ”queer digital mediefenomenologi”, genom att kombinera Sara Ahmeds queera fenomenologi med Shaun Moores mediefenomenologi. Medan Ahmed erbjuder en djupare förståelse för queer habituering understryker Moores att en fundamental utgångspunkt för att förstå samtida sociala erfarenheter är att den digitala medieanvändaren är mångfaldigt positionerad i flera rum samtidigt. Medan digital kultur vanligen sammankopplas med ökat tempo visar resultaten att informanterna ofta använder digitala medier för att sakta ner farten och skjuta upp vidare handling. Digitala medier genererar rum som uppfattas som ”säkra” och/eller privata där det ”arbete” som krävs för att utveckla en queer orientering kan göras, och där vardagslivets övergripande geografi kan förhandlas. Studien utforskar därmed hur informanterna rör sig mellan olika rum och betonar särskilt dynamiken mellan platser online och offline för att fånga diskontinuiteten i queert digitalt mediebruk. Därmed vill avhandlingen utmana idéer om konstant konnektivitet och en online/offline-kollaps, och i likhet med samtida röster peka på att digitalt mediebruk visar på okonventionella sätt att föreställa sig det relationella, varför vi kritiskt behöver granska normativa utgångspunkter gällande de kroppsliga subjekt som antas leva ”sömlösa medieliv”.
Cultural Diversity in the Former Eastern Bloc - The Wende Museum of the Cold War in Los AngelesMer info
In: The Oxford Handbook of the History of Phenomenology. : Oxford University Press, 2018. -.
The chapter presents the topic of “historicity” (Geschichtlichkeit) as a core concern for phenomenological thinking in the intersection with hermeneutics. It is first coined as a philosophical term by Dilthey and Yorck von Wartenburg as a way to capture the unique way in which humans exist historically and belong to history. Through their correspondence published posthumously in 1923 it enters the orbit of Heidegger’s existential phenomenology, as he quotes extensively from these letters in Being in Time. For Heidegger, historicity was the key to transforming Husserlian phenomenology into hermeneutical ontology. In his reappraisal of hermeneutic thinking, Gadamer also locates historicity at the center of his magnum opus Truth and Method. The chapter also shows how Husserl was a thinker of historicity. This is brought out in particular in Derrida’s early interpretations of Husserl, where the deconstructive approach emerges literally from the problem of the historicity of ideal objects.
Becoming your own doctor - Age-restrictions, risks, and transnational egg-and embryo-donationMer info
Grammars of kinship - Biological motherhood and assisted reproduction in the age of epigeneticsMer info
London : Routledge, 2018.
Third party conception is a growing phenomenon and provokes a burgeoning range of ethical, legal and social questions. What are the rights of donors, recipients and donor conceived children? How are these reproductive technologies regulated? How is kinship understood within these new family forms?Written by specialists from three different continents, Transnationalising Reproduction examines a broad range of issues concerning kinship and identity, citizenship and regulation, and global markets of reproductive labour; including gamete donation and gestational surrogacy. Indeed, this book seeks to highlight how reproductive technologies not only makes possible new forms of kinship and family formations, but also how these give rise to new, ethical, political and legal dilemmas about parenthood as well as new modes of discrimination and a re-distribution of medical risks. It also thoroughly investigates the ways in which a commodification of reproductive tissue and labour affects the practices, representations and gendered self-understandings of gamete donors, fertility patients and intended parents in different parts of the world.With a broad geographical scope, Transnationalising Reproduction offers new empirical and theoretical perspectives on third-party conception and demonstrates the need for more transnational approaches to third-party reproduction. This volume will appeal to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in fields such as Gender Studies, Health Care Sciences, Reproductive Technology and Medical Sociology.
Kulturarv och imaginära barndomslandskap - Reflektioner kring historiebruk och turismentreprenörers drivkrafterMer info
Routes to Gender-Affirming Surgery - Navigation and Negotiation in Times of BiomedicalizationMer info
In: Body, Migration, Re/constructive Surgeries. London : Routledge, 2018. -.
This chapter explores what it means to negotiate embodied ‘gendersex’ as part of engaging with transmedicine. It draws in the main on two trans men’s narratives about their trajectories to undertake gender-affirming surgery, with one man travelling from Denmark to Serbia and the other shifting from publicly funded trans-specific healthcare to a private hospital within Serbia. I use the concepts of navigation and negotiation to move beyond theoretical discussions about whether medical transition is transgressive or compliant, and look instead at individualized orientations regarding surgical interventions. I utilize a framework of biomedicalization to consider how these processes involve negotiating surgeries and navigating in borderlands between different (public and private) healthcare systems, and across international borders, as well as in borderlands between the capitalist logics of body modification as a commodified good, the logics of medical transition as validated within a framework of pathologization, and emerging logics of self-determination. The chapter offers insights into contemporary sites where the organization of transmedicine is changing, and where knowledge about how to chart a course through medical transition is largely created in trans people’s multi-sited networks online and offline.
Ett pentagramperspektiv på responsiv undervisning och bedömning mot likvärdig musikundervisning inom gymnasiets ... - Vem? Vad? Var? Vart? Med vem?Mer info
Educare - Vetenskapliga skrifter 2018, : 42-.
Earlier interview studies of electric guitar playing girls in upper secondary schools, shows clearly that taken for granted knowledge values are connected to specific genres or styles, and to specific actions and behaviours related to these style. It is also obvious that the interviewed students, not least depending on sex, relate differently to these values. One statement based on the results of the interview studies with five electric guitar playing girls is that the role of the teacher becomes important when it comes to contribute to equal teaching and learning of music. The question is what the teacher needs to know and handle. In the article a pentagon model for responsive teaching is mirrored towards the girls’ experiences of ensemble education, aiming to make clear and discuss possibilities for equal teaching and learning. The connection to the special number of EDUCARE is not least the risk that arts values can conserve traditional gender roles in music educational settings.
Per Musi 2018, : 19-.
The starting point for the study presented in this article is constituted by experiences of using Simone de Beauvoir’s philosophy aiming to describe and understand the becoming of musical women in Swedish schools. Earlier research conducted outside the area of music shows that Beauvoir’s theories can help to explain – and provide means of change for – situations where there is a risk that traditional gender roles will be conserved. A majority of gender studies in the field of music education are based on the performativity theory of Judith Butler. In comparison, de Beauvoir states that repetitions and habits are stratified in the body as experiences, and that human beings are able to make choices in a situation. The aim of the study is to explore how caring is nurtured among girls in Swedish music educational settings. Material generated through two phenomenological studies conducted within specialist music programs in lower respectively higher secondary education in Sweden, constituted the empirical base for conducting re-analysis. This re-analysis followed a hermeneutical phenomenological analytical model. Examples of how caring seemed to be nurtured among girls in music education appeared at different levels and in different situations. It concerns actions made by the girls aiming to make the social and musical setting function in agreed upon “good” ways, namely in the form of taking initiatives, filling “gaps”, and being flexible, andbecoming (aware) musical women. Finally we reflect upon causes and changes in relation to actions that seem to establish and maintain female students as immanent, and non-able to run their own projects, to speak with de Beauvoir.
From Soviet seclusion to West European integration. The development of Baltic air connections - JH Nilsson Mobility and regionalization. Changing patterns of air traffic in the Baltic Sea Region in connection to European integration. Geogrpaphia Polonica 2018.Mer info
Journal of Business Research 2018, 93 : 12-22.
Task equivocality could be a key impediment in offshore collaboration projects. Process modularity, or the extent to which offshore collaboration tasks can be decoupled and re-sequenced with little loss of functionality in offshore collaboration, could help lower task equivocality. Process modularity could be further complemented by knowledge conversion cycles and offshoring collaboration competence to further lower task equivocality. We use data from 86 offshore research and development collaboration projects between two strategic business units of a large European firm and their partner firms in India. The results show that process modularity was not associated with task equivocality. However, with increasing process modularity, higher levels of knowledge conversion cycles or offshore collaboration competence were negatively associated with task equivocality. These preliminary findings extend our knowledge of task equivocality in the context of offshore collaboration projects.
Nya böcker: Edling, Christofer & Rostami, Amir (red.) (2016) Våldets sociala dimensioner: individ, relation,... Mer info
In: Proceedings of Bridges 2018 on Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture. Phoenix, Arizona : .
This paper discusses the nature of art activity, such as dance, in teaching and learning subject matter, such as math, querying what is left from the artistic when art is put to serve a cause, such as education. Does any partner, dance, math or education gain or give up more in the triangular affair?
What are analog bulletin boards used for today? - Analysing media uses, intermediality and technology affordances in Swedish bulletin board messages using a citizen science approachMer info
PLoS ONE 2018, 13 (8): 1-21.
Worlds apart, worlds together - Converging and diverging frames in climate and energy governanceMer info
Globalizations 2018, : -.
This paper argues that past research has overlooked how the way problems and solutions are framed contribute to a prevailing gap in the global governance of climate and energy. Empirically, this paper investigates the frames of energy and climate change as expressed in key documents from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and International Energy Agency (IEA). Partly in contrast to past research, this paper finds (1) that there is a growing similarity in how the IPCC and IEA frame climate and energy; (2) that the IEA has gone from ignoring to acknowledging climate change and the transformation to a low-carbon energy system; and (3) that there is a prevailing difference in emphasis, whereas the IPCC only marginally discuss energy, while the IEA is still mainly talking about energy needs and fossil fuels even if climate change and renewables have entered their agenda.
Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences 2018, : 1-8.
AimsDeath ideation (thinking about/wishing for one's own death, thinking that one would be better off dead) is linked to an increased mortality risk. However, comparatively little is known about more general thoughts of death (GTOD) where no wish to die or life value is expressed. This study examined whether GTOD predicted mortality in a community-based cohort of older adults.METHODS: Data came from the Komo-Ise cohort study in Gunma prefecture, Japan. The analytic sample comprised 8208 individuals (average age 61.3 (range 47-77)) who were asked in wave 2 of the study in 2000 if they had 'Thought about death more than usual, either your own, someone else's or death in general?' in the past 2 weeks. Death data were obtained from the municipal resident registration file. Cox proportional hazards regression analysis was used to examine associations.RESULTS: During the follow-up period (2000-2008), there were 672 deaths. In a model adjusted for baseline covariates, GTOD were significantly associated with all-cause mortality (hazards ratio 1.66, 95% confidence interval 1.20-2.29). Stratified analyses showed an association between GTOD and mortality in men, older subjects (⩾70 years), married individuals and those with higher social support.CONCLUSIONS: GTOD are associated with an increased mortality risk among older citizens in Japan. Research is now needed to determine the factors underlying this association and assess the clinical relevance of screening for GTOD in older individuals.
SAGE Open 2018, 8 (2): -.
The link between new venture survival and the presence of founding teams is investigated, in particular the effect of the gender composition of teams. Furthermore, we study venture survival, gender, and institutional change. A unique longitudinal database is employed, covering a large number of Swedish ventures established during 6 specific years, 1930-2005. These data capture the initial gender diversity of start-ups. The contextualization of entrepreneurship involves situational and temporal boundaries, and we elaborate on contextual factors at different levels of analysis. Our results show that ventures founded by teams have a higher probability of surviving, but show no overall team gender homogeneity/heterogeneity effect. However, we find some support for the fact that ventures founded by all-female teams have lower survival chances. Nevertheless, the clearest negative effect is found for female solo start-ups. Furthermore, our results support the fact that institutional transformation may gradually have increased the likelihood of ventures founded by females to survive.
Sats 2018, 19 (1): 69-87.
This article explores the connections between Nietzsche's Also Sprach Zarathustra and Tove Jansson and the world of the Moomins. It begins with a short summary of the impact of Nietzsche in the Nordic countries and of his most important book, focusing on passages that are of particular relevance for the analyses that follow. It then proceeds to explore its meaning and significance for Jansson in three sections. The first concerns Atos Wirtanen, the writer and politician with whom she lived for ten years, and who encouraged her to publish her first book, while he himself was completing a book on Nietzsche. In the second section, the article analyzes an early semi-autobiographical literary experiment from the Jansson family archive that displays her as a passionate reader of Nietzsche long before her meeting with Wirtanen. In the third and last section, the framework of the Zarathustra narrative is used to interpret some of the figures and scenes from the Moomin books.
Interspecific variation in ploidy as a key plant trait outlining local extinction risks and community patterns i... Mer info
Functional Ecology 2018, 32 (8): 2095-2106.
Polyploidy is associated with a plethora of phenotypic and genetic changes yielding transformative effects on species' life-history and ecology. These biological attributes can contribute to the success of species on ecological timescales, as observed in the invasion success or rapid environmental and climatic adaptation of polyploids. However, to date there has been a distinct lack of empirical evidence linking species' local extinction risk, species distributions and community structure in fragmented landscapes with interspecific variation in ploidy. We aimed to investigate the relationship between levels of habitat fragmentation and patterns in both diversity and the frequency of species with different ploidy levels. We included additional persistence- and dispersal related life-history traits, to establish the relative importance of ploidy in determining species richness and frequencies following habitat fragmentation. We therefore collected plant community presence-absence data and landscape data from grassland fragments from south-central Sweden. Community-level analysis uncovered that interspecific variation in ploidy proved the strongest predictor of plant community species richness and turn-over across grassland fragments. Local extinction risk decreased as ploidy increased, with diploids most prone to local extinction. In the species-level analysis, ploidy outweighed the combined explanatory power of commonly used life-history traits such as clonality, dispersal mechanism and mating system; key predictors of plant species distributions across fragmented landscapes. Ploidy appears to capture parallel variation in a series of advantageous genetic and life-history mechanisms which operate on ecological timescales, emerging as the strongest predictor of local extinction risk even after accounting for variation in other crucial life-history traits. Our results therefore highlight the importance of genomic traits such as ploidy and total chromosome number as valuable factors explaining and predicting local extinction risk in fragmented landscapes. A plain language summary is available for this article.
European Urban and Regional Studies 2018, 25 (3): 284-299.
This paper examines recent migration from three little-studied European Union (EU) countries, the Baltic states, focusing on early-career graduates who move to London. It looks at how these young migrants explain the reasons for their move, their work and living experiences in London, and their plans for the future, based on 78 interviews with individual migrants. A key objective of this paper is to rejuvenate the core-periphery structural framework through the theoretical lens of London as an escalator' region for career development. We add a necessary nuance on how the time dimension is crucial in understanding how an escalator region functions - both in terms of macro-events such as EU enlargement or economic crisis, and for life-course events such as career advancement or family formation. Our findings indicate that these educated young adults from the EU's north-eastern periphery migrate for a combination of economic, career, lifestyle and personal-development reasons. They are ambivalent about their futures and when, and whether, they will return-migrate.
Femininity Revisited - Refiguring Critical Femininity Studies introduction. Guest editors' introductionMer info
Culture, Theory and Critique 2018, 59 (3): 281-298.
When cynical distance and ironic posturing have become the prevalent means of relating to public life, political humour is no longer considered subversive. It has been argued that both in Russia and the United States, ideology has co-opted satire, meaning that citizens can consume outrage passively through various satirical media products, thereby displacing outrage and abstaining from more active forms of resistance. This articles explores the twenty-first century potential of irony and cynicism to disrupt and subvert through parody, be it in the form of political satire or ironic protest, examining how similar paradigms are expressed across different geographical contexts.
Northern Lights 2018, 16 (1): 3-21.
Following the spread of digital media, the interdisciplinary field of surveillance studies has gained prominence, engaging scholars from the humanities and the social sciences alike. This introductory article aims to map out the main terrain of surveillance through, by and in the media. First, we discuss the phenomenon of, and the scholarly work on, surveillance through and by media, taking into consideration both state and corporate surveillance and how these activities have grown with the new digital and personal media of today. We then discuss surveillance as the phenomenon is represented in the media and how representations relate to surveillance practices. We conclude by presenting the articles of this special issue.
VOLUNTAS - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 2018, : -.
Nonprofit organizations in Russia are introducing for-profit activities as a means of gaining autonomy from external donors, and as instruments of strategic planning and sustainable development. This study focuses on organizations that work with welfare provision and explores how they reconcile entrepreneurial activities with their social mission. More specifically, we interrogate how two institutional logics, business and nonprofit, are defined and reconciled in organizational identities, structures and hierarchies. Socially oriented nonprofits define their mission through service to beneficiaries, through personal and professional dedication to beneficiaries’ well-being, and through making an impact on public policies and the society at large. They mimic a business approach in strategic planning and meticulous reporting, but subordinate profit-seeking to social mission by integrating entrepreneurial activities into already existing organizational structures, or by separating them into independent entities.
Review: Ulla Carlsson & Lennart Weibull (2018). Freedom of Expression in the Digital Media Culture. A Study ... Mer info
On the Pathology of Money and Credit - Policy Responses to the Large-Scale Crises of 1929 and of 2008Mer info
The History of Money and Monetary Arrangements - Insights from the Baltic and North Seas RegionMer info
Etniska hierarkier och (icke-)representation - Partikandidater med migrationsbakgrund vid svenska valet 2014Mer info
Sociologisk forskning 2018, 55 (2-3): 317-339.
Ethnic hierarchies and (non)representation. Party candidates with migration background in the general election of 2014.This paper analyses the extent to which individuals with migration background were appointed and elected into different levels of public decision-making bodies in the latest Swedish general election (2014). Individuals of ”migration background” refers in this study to those born abroad or born in Sweden with two foreign-born parents. Data for this study is taken from Statistics Sweden’s register of candidates elected in municipal, county and national parliamentary elections in 2014, supplemented by information from other Statistics Sweden’s registers. The results demonstrate that: (a) individuals with a migration background are severely underrepresented in the Swedish decision-making bodies; (b) even in cases when individuals with a migration background are nominated on the party lists, they have less of a chance of being elected compared to native candidates. (c) The dominant ”resource theory” cannot explain the underrepresentation of the stigmatized migrant groups and their descendants, and finally; (d) the results indicate some support to the hypothesis about the importance of access to social networks in order to be nominated and elected.
Från snack till organiserade nätverk - Om tankesmedjors arbete för att värva andra för sina idéerMer info
Sociologisk forskning 2018, 55 (2-3): 365-387.
From chatter to organized networks. How think tanks work to enrol othersThink tanks, both inside and outside the Swedish context, appear as something of a conundrum. Definitions and conceptual understandings of what think tanks actually do have not been adequately developed. One of the most urgent and unanswered questions regards how we understand the ability of think tanks to get other actors in the political landscape to use their ideas? Drawing on insights from 13 think thanks in Stockholm, the intention of this paper is to provide an empirically based and theoretically informed answer to this question. The results show that the activities colloquially termed ”networking” and ”agenda setting”, can be understood from an organisational perspective. These activities come across as intangible with uncertain outcomes but cannot be seen as random attempts to bridge think tankers and policy actors, but as decided actions designed to make other actors use their ideas in the future. At the same time, the organized relationships to other actors are ambiguous, as too close relationships may risk the think tank’s appearance of independency.
Sociologisk forskning 2018, 55 (2-3): 139-154.
The political landscape in Sweden has undergone considerable changes in recent decades The number of political parties in the Swedish parliament has increased from five to eight, and the socio-economic issues of the traditional political right–left scale has been challenged by socio-cultural issues relating to lifestyle and identity. Notably, the notion of Swedish exceptionalism and the particularities of its welfare state is lingering despite findings pointing in the opposite direction e.g. with the increased electoral support for the radical right, and its ethno-nationalist and anti-immigrant rhetoric. The corporatist model has been challenged by new forms of political authority, participation and representation. New political actors, such as social movements and civil society actors, think tanks and policy professionals, are becoming increasingly engaged in political processes. The long-term trend suggests that traditionally marginalised groups, such as the young, women and groups of migrant background, are represented in decision-making forums to a higher degree than before. Yet, current conditions need further analysis. In this article, we provide a background to Sociologisk Forskning’s special issue on the political landscape of the parliamentary election in 2018.
Förändring och kontinuitet i det svenska politiska landskapet - Politisk-sociologiska perspektiv inför valet 2018Mer info
Sociologisk forskning 2018, 55 (2-3): 121-138.
Change and continuity in the political landscape. Politico-sociological perspectives on the general election in Sweden 2018The political landscape in Sweden has undergone considerable changes in recent decades. The number of political parties in the Swedish parliament has increased from five to eight, and the socio-economic issues of the traditional political right–left scale has been challenged by socio-cultural issues relating to lifestyle and identity. Notably, the radical right has had significant electoral success in Sweden based on an ethno-nationalist and anti-immigrant rhetoric. The corporatist model has increasingly been challenged by new forms of political authority, participation and representation. Yet, new political actors such as social movements and civil society actors, think tanks and policy professionals, are becoming increasingly engaged in the political processes. Moreover, traditionally marginalised groups including the young, women and individuals of migrant background are represented to a higher degree in political bodies than before. In this article, we introduce the articles of Sociologisk Forskning’s special issue on the Swedish political landscape and give an overview of the main developments of politics and society in the country.