Election campaign in Gothenburg in 2014.
Photo: Johan Wingborg

The Party Research Program

Research group
Active research
Project owner
Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Short description

The Party Research Program is a research network situated at the Department of Political Science. A minimal definition of political parties is that they are groups of people, who choose candidates, which compete in elections under a certain label. Generally, political parties’ role is much bigger than that. Political parties are essential in the democratic system, political parties have internal life, they co-operate, and they formulate policy proposals, reforms and ideologies. Political parties represent the underlying political conflicts in a country.

Research questions

Political parties change, adapts to changing circumstances in society and their driving forces switch. The Party Research Program is interested in both normative and empirical issues of the parties’ role in the political system, but also for the parties’ internal life, development and history and party members and digital media.

Research group

Party research seminars

The Department of Political Science holds regular series of Party Research Seminars. The seminars are given by the Department’s own staff as well as invited guests.

For more information, please see the calendar on our website.

The latest publications


Hagevi, Magnus, Sofie Blombäck, Marie Demker, Jonas Hinnfors and Karl Loxbo (forthcoming). A Widening Gap: The Crisis of Representative Democracy in Western European Party systems. Edward Elgar.

Demker, Marie, Knut Heidar and Karina Kosiara Pedersen (eds.), (2019). Nordic party members. Linkages in troubled times. Rowman & Littlefield International/ECPR Press.

Bjereld, Ulf, Sofie Blombäck, Marie Demker and Linn Sandberg (2018). Digital demokrati? Partierna i en ny tid. Atlas förlag, Stockholm.



Demker, Marie and Pontus Odmalm (2021). From governmental success to governmental breakdown: how a new dimension of conflict tore apart the politics of migration of the Swedish centre-right.  Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Hinnfors, Jonas (2021). Damned if you do, damned if you don’t? Regeringar, väljare och kriser. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 2.


Bågenholm, Andreas (2020). Öst är öst och väst är väst? En jämförande studie av partisystemens stabilitet i Europa 2008–2019. Nordisk Östforum, 34: 27-50.

Hooghe, M., and Kölln, A. (2020). Types of party affiliation and the multi-speed party: What kind of party support is functionally equivalent to party membership?. Party Politics, 26(4), 355-365.

Johns, R., and Kölln, A. (2020). Moderation and Competence: How a Party's Ideological Position Shapes Its Valence Reputation. American Journal of Political Science64(3), 649-663.


Loxbo, Karl, Jonas Hinnfors, Magnus Hagevi, Sofie Blombäck and Marie Demker (2019). The decline of Western European social democracy: Exploring the transformed link between welfare state generosity and the electoral strength of social democratic parties, 1975–2014. Party Politics 3.

Mason, A. et al. (2019). How attractive are political parties and trade unions to young people? (II). Intergenerational Justice Review, 5(1). Special Issue.

Whiteley, P., and Kölln, A. (2019). How do different sources of partisanship influence government accountability in Europe?. International Political Science Review, 40(4), 502-517.

Book chapters


Seeberg, H. B. & Kölln, A. (2020). The Red-Green Alliance – Is it Red or Green?, in Oxford Handbook of Danish Politics, Peter Munk-Christiansen, Jørgen Elklit and Peter Nedergaard, eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Blombäck, Sofie, Anders Ravik Jupskås and Jonas Hinnfors (2019). United or Divided? Preferential Agreement among Party Members in Scandinavia, pp 111-34 [Chapter 6]. In Demker, Marie, Heidar Knut and Karina Kosiara-Pedersen (eds), Nordic Party Members. Linkages in Troubled Times, ECPR Press.

Demker, Marie and Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca (2019). Support for Swedish integration policies for immigrants: economic motivations and party preference. In Andersson, Ulrika, Björn Rönnerstrand, Patrik Öhberg och Annika Bergström (red). Storm och Stiltje, SOM-bok nr 74, Göteborgs universitet, SOM Institute.

Kölln, A. and Polk, J. (2019). A Break in the Representative Chain: Party Members’ Ideological Disagreement with Candidates and Demands for Intra-Party Democracy. In Nordic Party Members: Linkages in Troubled Times, Marie Demker, Knut Heidar and Karina Kosiara-Pedersen, eds., London: Rowman & Littlefield /ECPR Press.

Kölln, A. and Polk, J. (2019). Parties’ Ideological Representation in the Nordic Countries: Comparing Party Voters, Members and Candidates. In Nordic Party Members: Linkages in Troubled Times, Marie Demker, Knut Heidar and Karina Kosiara-Pedersen, eds., London: Rowman & Littlefield /ECPR Press.

Book review

Hinnfors, Jonas (2019). Elin Hausgjerd Allern and Tim Bale (eds), Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century, Oxford: Oxford University Press, in Party Politics, 6.