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Karl Magnus Johansson
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Södertörns Högskola
Phone: +46 8 608 4282
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Karl Magnus Johansson is a professor of political science at Södertörn University, Sweden. He joined the new Södertörn University in 1998 from Lund University and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He was educated at Lund University and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has held visiting positions at the Center for European Integration Studies at Bonn University and at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

His primary research interests are European integration and politics, Europeanization, institutional change, core/chief executives, political communication, political parties, and transnationalism.

He has published widely on various aspects of transnational party cooperation within and throughout the European Union and on European Union politics, as well as on questions related to Swedens membership in the European Union. He has published many books and book chapters, and articles in journals such as Acta Politica, Comparative European Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Government and Opposition, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Integration, Journal of European Public Policy (twice), Party Politics (twice), Public Administration, and West European Politics.

Among other projects he has worked on in recent years, he has looked at the Swedish foreign policy executive, in particular the relationship between the Prime Ministers Office and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, at transnational influence on social democratic and conservative parties in the Baltics, as well as at populist parties with particular attention to how they organize.

He is lead coordinator of the research project Symbiotic leader-media relations? Exploring interaction between prime ministers and the media in Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden, which started mid-2014. (Link to project website: https://www.polexmedia.com/index.php)

The project explores political executive-media relations, mainly interactions between prime ministers (and their communication aides) and journalists. The project addresses scholarly and related themes such as the presidentialization and the mediatization of politics, as well as the relation between journalists and sources in different media systems. How and with what consequences do political executives and media interact? This question is at the heart of our research project. Our starting assumption is that the political executive-media relations are mutually reinforcing and symbiotic rather than adversarial, but this is an open and empirical question explored in this project. All the participating researchers work with the same research problem in a comparative research design, and in a concerted effort to exploit the synergies between the academic disciplines of political science and journalism/media studies. The project is inter-disciplinary by linking these academic disciplines, on the basis of our shared concern with political communication. The project brings together ten participants from five research environments: Professor Tom Moring from Helsinki University and Professor Tapio Raunio and Research Assistant Risto Niemikari from Tampere University, Finland; Professor Auksė Balčytienė from Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania; Professor Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska and Jacek Nożewski, Research Assistant, from Wrocław University, Poland; and, from Södertörn University, Sweden, also Professor Gunnar Nygren, Dr Elena Johansson and Milda Malling, PhD-candidate. The project is based at Södertörn University and is funded by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Östersjöstiftelsen). The results will be published in an edited volume and in journal articles, some based on conference papers.


Three recent publications:

• Johansson, Karl Magnus (2017) ‘Sweden and the European Union’, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.506
• Johansson, Karl Magnus (2017) ‘The role of Europarties in EU treaty reform: Theory and practice’, Acta Politica 52 (3). DOI: 10.1057/s41269-016-0024-y
• Johansson, Karl Magnus (2016) ‘Europarty Influence and Its Limits: The Case of the European People’s Party and the Amsterdam Treaty’, Journal of European Integration 38 (1). DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2015.1088012

Three frequently cited publications:

• Johansson, Karl Magnus (1999) ‘Tracing the employment title in the Amsterdam treaty: uncovering transnational coalitions’, Journal of European Public Policy 6 (1). DOI: 10.1080/135017699343810
• Johansson, Karl Magnus and Tapio Raunio (2001) ‘Partisan responses to Europe: comparing Finnish and Swedish political parties’, European Journal of Political Research 39 (2). DOI: 10.1111/1475-6765.00576
• Johansson, Karl Magnus and Jonas Tallberg (2010) ‘Explaining Chief Executive Empowerment: European Union Summitry and Domestic Institutional Change’, West European Politics 33 (2). DOI: 10.1080/01402380903538815


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