Politics, Economy and the Organisation of Society

The research field of Politics, Economy and the Organisation of Society is a strong area of research at Södertörn University. The interaction between Business Studies, Economics, Sociology and Political Science has developed this research area and created an environment in which, each with their strengths, they study social institutions and their change.

To understand how our society changes, we must look further than just politics or on the market. We also need to see what happens where they intersect and how they interact. How are businesses, states and voluntary organisations organised and how do they cooperate? How can phenomena like globalisation be linked to democracy, and changes to the market and welfare state? How do these changes affect society’s shared norms and ideas? Studies of our society are conducted from three different perspectives, or on three societal levels: the institutional, organisational and interpersonal.

One area – four subjects

Politics, Economy and the Organisation of Society includes four subjects: business studies, economics, sociology and political science. In all areas, Södertörn University strives for strong links between a subject’s research and the education it provides. Subjects often cooperate with researchers from other disciplines. Many research projects, but far from all, focus on Central and Eastern Europe, the Nordic region and the European Union.

Research in Business Studies is primarily conducted in two areas: the dynamics of entrepreneurship and public organisation and management. Research in Economics at Södertörn University has an empirical character and covers areas such as industrial organisation and competition, international trade, economic growth, financial economics, development economics and environmental economics.

A main field of research in Political Science at Södertörn University is political parties (including populism and party leadership) and the governance of states and European institutions. Political ideas about democracy, justice, expertise and technology are another important area of research. Research into minority and migration policies and nationalism is a third main specialisation.

Sociology examines urbanity and ethnicity, health and social change, political sociology and organisation, working life and gender, and welfare and labour market studies.


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