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University of Gothenburg
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About us

The Swedish National Election Studies Program (SNES) was established in 1954 by Jörgen Westerståhl and Bo Särlvik and is today a high profile network of researchers at the Department of Political Science in Gothenburg. The Program serves as a collaborative platform for Swedish and international scholars interested in studies of electoral democracy, representative democracy, opinion formation, and voting behavior.

The aim of our research is among others to explain why people vote as they do and why an election ends in a particular way. We track and follow trends in the Swedish electoral democracy and make comparisons with other countries. Professor Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson is the director of the Swedish National Election Studies Program.