Jörgen Westerståhl Lectures
The Jörgen Westerståhl Lecture is an annual event at the Department since 2014. In the spirit of Jörgen Westerståhl, these lectures offer knowledge about the importance of democracy and politics for the development of society.
To the Jörgen Westerståhl Lectures, we invite internationally recognized guest lecturers to talk about questions of great international importance. The lectures are free of charge and open to the public. We advertise them on our calendar.
During 1952-1982, Jörgen Westerståhl was the holder of the August Röhss Professorship in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. He modernized Swedish political science research and oriented it towards political behavior and quantitative studies.
Jörgen Westerståhl was a pioneer in media research and opinion formation in Sweden. In 1954, he introduced the large voter surveys that became the starting point for the Swedish National Election Studies Program. Today, research on public opinion and democracy is one of Gothenburg University's areas of strength, and Jörgen Westerståhl is sometimes called "the father of election research."
With the Jörgen Westerståhl Lectures, we want to pay tribute to this political scientist's work.
Jörgen Westerståhl Lecture 2022
Title: The Dance of European Integration: How Ideology and Policy Shape Public Support for the EU
Lecturer: Simon Hix, Professor of Political Science, Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics. European University Institute.
Jörgen Westerståhl Lecture 2021
Title: International Norms, Moral Psychology and Neuroscience
Lecturer: Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Jörgen Westerståhl Lecture 2020
Title: Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe
Lecturer: Catherine De Vries, Professor of Political Science, Bocconi University.
Jörgen Westerståhl Lecture 2019
Title: Homo politicus and the "problem of agency"
Lecturer: Colin Hay, Professor of Political Analysis, University of Sheffield.
Jörgen Westerståhl Lecture 2018
Title: Populist movements and counter-movements in the Great Recession
Lecturer: Donatella Della Porta, Professor of Political Science and Political Sociology, the Institute for Humanities and the Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florens.
Jörgen Westerståhl Lecture 2017
Title: Why Bother? Rethinking Participation in Elections and Protests
Lecturer: Susan Stokes, John S. Saden Professor of Political Science, Yale University.
Jörgen Westerståhl Lecture 2016
Title: Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood: Effective and Legitimate
Lecturer: Professor Dr. Thomas Risse, Free University of Berlin.
Jörgen Westerståhl Lecture 2015
Title: The Case for Coercion - And How to Make that Coercion Legitimate
Lecturer: Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard University.
Jörgen Westerståhl Lecture 2014
Title: Lorenzettis utfordring og demokratiets århundre
Lecturer: Johan P. Olsen, Professor Emeritus, ARENA Centre for European Studies, Oslo University.