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Election campaign in Gothenburg in 2014.
Photo: Johan Wingborg
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Research areas and projects

At the Department of Political Science we conduct research in various fields of political science, such as political theory and philosophy, international politics, political parties and political behavior, gender and politics, democracy and other forms of government, constitutional studies, local politics, sustainable development, public administration and governance.

The scientific study of politics

Political science is often defined as "the scientific study of politics". But what is "politics"? Politics is sometimes defined as the legitimate struggle for the distribution of values in a society - for example, the struggle over how society's economic resources should be distributed. Sometimes politics is narrowly defined, as national and local public decision-making. Sometimes politics is broadly defined, where the personal - or even the private - is also political.

A selection of our latest projects

Project size: 4 783 000 SEK.

Project period: 2022 - 2024.

Financier: The Swedish Research Council

Principal investigator: Frida Boräng, Associate Professor.

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Project size: 8 697 262S SEK.

Project period: 2022 - 2024.

Financier: Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, Svenska kulturfonden, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Stiftelsen Brita Maria Renlunds minne, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Familjen Kamprads stiftelse.

Principal investigator: Peter Esaiasson, Professor.

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Project size: 4 573 688 SEK.

Project period: 2022 - 2025.

Financier: The Swedish Research Council.

Principal investigator: Lisbeht Aggestam, Associate Professor.

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Project size: 6 093 000 SEK.

Project period: 2022 - 2025.

Financier: Swedish Research Council.

Principal investigator: Birgitta Niklasson, Associate Professor.

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Project size: 4 451 000 SEK.

Project period: 2022 - 2025.

Financier: The Swedish Research Council.

Principal investigator: Mattias Agerberg, Postdoctor.

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Project period: 2022

Financier: The Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA).

Principal investigator: Ann Towns, professor.

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