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Political parties and political behavior

This group focuses on political parties, political behavior and policy-making.
The group has been sponsored by Fahlbeckska stiftelsen.

The aim of the group is to gather scholars and further research within the broad theme of political parties and political behavior.

The scholars that are part of the group do research on for example political parties, government formation, the policy-making of governments, voting behavior, political participation and protest activity. The scholars of the group use a number of different types of methodological approaches, ranging from qualitative methods such as interviews and qualitative content analysis, to advanced statistical methods, and experimental techniques.

The group has invited a number of well-known international scholars, presenting their work on various themes related to the group. The group has also been active in organizing the various election night activities (“valvakor”) held at the department, and several scholars are key commentators in the media.


Recent publications from members of the group:

  • Hanna Bäck & Johannes Lindvall. (2014). “Commitment Problems in Coalitions: A New Look at the Fiscal Policies of Multiparty Governments”. Forthcoming in Political Science Research and Methods.
  • Hanna Bäck, Marc Debus & Heike Klüver. (2014). “Bicameralism, Intra-party Bargaining, and the Formation of Party Policy Positions: Evidence from the German Federal System”. Forthcoming in Party Politics.
  • Emma Bäck, Hanna Bäck & Gema Garcia-Albacete. (2013). “Protest Activity, Social Incentives and Rejection Sensitivity: Results From a Survey Experiment about Tuition Fees”. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest 1: 1–15.
  • Brommesson, Douglas & Ekengren, Ann-Marie (2013). “What happens when a new government enters office? A comparison of ideological change in British and Swedish foreign policy 1991–2011”, Cooperation and Conflict, 48(1).
  • Davidsson, Johan Bo and Paul Marx (2013), "Losing the Issue, Losing the Vote: Issue Competition and the Reform of Unemployment Insurance in Germany and Sweden" in Political Studies, 61(3): 505-522.
  • Fredén, A. 2014. Threshold insurance voting. A study of voters’ strategic behavior in the 2010 Swedish general election. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties Vol 24 Issue 4 2014.
  • Knotz, Carlo and Johannes Lindvall. (Forthcoming). “Coalitions and Compensation: The Case of Unemployment Benefit Duration”. Forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies.
  • Nelson, Moira, and Nathalie Giger. 2013. “The welfare state or the economy? Preferences, constituencies, and strategies for retrenchment”. European Sociological Review 29: 1083-1094.
  • Rosén Sundström, Malena. 2011. “The Swedish Green Party: from alternative movement to third biggest party". Environmental Politics.
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Researchers in the group

Department of Political Science
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5H (House: Eden)
Postal address: Box 52, SE-221 00 LUND
Telephone: +46 46-222 89 52

Faculty of Social Sciences