Karl Magnus Johansson


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Karl Magnus Johansson is Professor of Political Science at Södertörn University, Stockholm. 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. He has held visiting positions at the Center for European Integration Studies at Bonn University, Germany, and at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and was Part-time Professor at the European University Institute, Florence, until May 2019.

His research interests include European integration and politics, Europeanization, foreign policy analysis, political institutions, executive leadership, political communication, political parties, and transnationalism.

Professor Johansson has in particular 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 Sweden’s 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, Party Politics, Public Administration, and West European Politics.

Among other projects he has worked on over the past two decades, he has looked at the Swedish foreign policy executive, in particular the relationship between the Prime Minister’s 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 nationally and transnationally.

An ongoing area of research for Professor Johansson is political communication with a focus on government communication, defined broadly as the structures, practices and processes of central executive institutions in their communication aspects. 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’. 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 the research project. The project is interdisciplinary and brings together ten participants from five research environments in all four countries. Findings have been published in an edited volume and in journal articles or conference papers. Web: https://www.polexmedia.com/external link

Another project – based at the European University Institute – examines the role of the EPP Group in the European Parliament across time, policies and treaties. The research conducted by Professor Johansson deals with the influence, directly or indirectly, of the EPP Group on the European integration process and more specifically on its constitutionalization.

Three recently published works:

•Johansson, Karl Magnus and Raunio, Tapio (2019). Political Parties in the European Union. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1153
• Johansson, Karl Magnus and Nygren, Gunnar (eds) (2019). Close and Distant: Political Executive-Media Relations in Four Countries. Gothenburg: Nordicom.
• Johansson, Karl Magnus and Raunio, Tapio (2019). Government communication in a comparative perspective, in Karl Magnus Johansson and Gunnar Nygren (eds) Close and Distant: Political Executive-Media Relations in Four Countries. Gothenburg: Nordicom.

Three frequently cited works:

• 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 Raunio, Tapio (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 Tallberg, Jonas (2010). Explaining Chief Executive Empowerment: European Union Summitry and Domestic Institutional Change. West European Politics 33 (2). doi: 10.1080/01402380903538815

The CV

• Born: 1966 in Kalmar, Sweden.
• Education: PhD in political science from Lund University; visiting research student at the London School of Economics and Political Science; BA in political science and economics from Lund University.
• Career: 1990 Becomes PhD-candidate and teaching assistant at the Department of Political Science, Lund University.
1997 Appointed assistant professor and becomes coordinator at the Centre for European Studies, Lund University; joins the Swedish Institute of International Affairs as research fellow.
1998 Joins Södertörn University as assistant professor and becomes head of the European Programme.
1999 Visiting scholar at the Center for European Integration Studies at Bonn University (senior fellow 2000).
2000 Becomes head of subject, Political Science.
2001 Appointed associate professor; visiting scholar at Stellenbosch University.
2011 Appointed professor.
2014 Appointed member of programme board, Research Council of Norway.
2015 Appointed chair of recruitment committee, Södertörn University.
2017 Co-founded the Centre for the Study of Political Organization, Södertörn University.
2018 Becomes part-time professor at the European University Institute, Florence.
• Civil status: Married, one stepson.
• Hobbies and interests: Reading, tennis, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
• Web: www.sh.se/karlmagnusjohansson; www.polexmedia.com

Curriculum Vitae Karl Magnus Johansson


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Exploring interaction between prime ministers and the media in Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden

Symbiotic leader-media relations?