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Karl Magnus Johansson
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Phone: +46 8 608 4282
Fax: 08-6084030
ME 616 Moas Båge

Karl Magnus Johansson is Professor of Political Science at Södertörn University, Stockholm, and Part-time Professor at the European University Institute, Florence. 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.

He co-founded the Centre for the Study of Political Organization, CPO, also at Södertörn University.

His primary research interests are European integration and politics, Europeanization, political institutions, 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 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.

His current research mainly concerns ‘government communication’, that is, 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 our research project. The results will be published in an edited volume and in journal articles, some based on conference papers. The project is interdisciplinary and brings together ten participants from five research environments in all four countries. Web: https://www.polexmedia.com/

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


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


Curriculum Vitae Karl Magnus Johansson

KMJ CV.pdf