Karl Magnus Johansson

Karl Magnus Johansson


I am Professor of Political Science. One of my areas of research is government communication. Web: https://www.polexmedia.com/external link

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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 has been a Part-time Professor at the European University Institute, Florence.

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.

His primary research interests are European integration and politics, political parties and transnationalism, and political communication and executives.

An ongoing area of research for Professor Johansson is 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

Professor Johansson's current research also centres on the intersection between EU-level political parties/groups and constitutional reform in the EU.

He has in particular published extensively on various aspects of European politics and 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, Politics & Policy, Public Administration, and West European Politics.

His three most recent selected publications:

  • Johansson, Karl Magnus and Raunio, Tapio (2020). Centralizing Government Communication? Evidence from Finland and Sweden. Politics & Policy 48 (6): 1138–1160. doi: 10.1111/polp.12370
  • Bardi, Luciano, Wojciech Gagatek, Carine Germond, Karl Magnus Johansson, Wolfram Kaiser and Silvia Sassano (2020). The European Ambition: The Group of the European People’s Party and European Integration. Baden-Baden: Nomos. doi: 10.5771/9783748908715
  • Johansson, Karl Magnus and Nygren, Gunnar (eds) (2019). Close and Distant: Political Executive-Media Relations in Four Countries. Gothenburg: Nordicom. https://www.nordicom.gu.se/en/publikationer/close-and-distant

His three frequently cited selected 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 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, 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?