Seminar on Politics, History and State-Making: Mats Hallenberg, Joakim Scherp and Magnus Linnarsson
During the seminar, they will present their project “Shifting Regimes: Representation, Administrative Reform and Institutional Change in Early Modern Sweden”
How was the modern state formed and by whom? We propose to answer this question by studying the interaction between the political and the administrative spheres during regime shifts in Sweden, c. 1527–1810. The wider purpose is to analyse the agency behind institutional change by comparing the actions of political leaders with those of major bureaucratic bodies. To study how key decision-makers acted to influence the organization of the state we will focus on so-called “critical junctions”, periods when the Swedish state experienced substantial change in a relatively short time. The project will address the problem of shifting regime types, investigating the dynamics of both authoritarian rule and representative government respectively.