My research is concerned with representative democracy. The main focus is on women's political representation and gender equality. During my career I have done many studies which have centered on Sweden. Nowadays, however, much of my research is comparative in nature and focuses on comparing different countries with each other. In recent years I have also started to do research on the connection between gender and corruption.
I am a research fellow at the Quality of Government Institute (QoG) and I am the coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Opinion and Democracy Research Group (MOD). The MOD research group initiates innovative research focused on the role of citizens’ opinions in sustainable democratic development. Within these two research programs I run the following projects:
1. The politics of anxiety: vulnerability and gender inequality in politics. Funded by the Swedish Research Council, VR, 2012 - (with Professor Monika Djerf-Pierre)
2. Testing the politics of presence: a comparative study on the importance of gender, class and ethnicity in the Swedish Parliament. Funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RJ, 2011 -
3. The necessary feminism. A comparative study of women's representation and gender equality in Denmark and Sweden. Funded by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, FAS, 2007 -
4. Gender and Corruption – part of the Europe wide research project ANTICORRP (Anti Corruption Policies Revisited: Global trends and European responses to the challenge of corruption). Funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme, 2012 –
My teaching is primarily focused on methodology. I am also a supervisor and I hold lectures on gender, power and politics.
For a full list of publications, please see my CV.
Below is a selection of some of my recent publications.
"Do politics matter? Women in Swedish local elected assemblies 1970-2010 and gender equality in outcomes" i European Political Science Review 2011(4): 97-120 (together with Anders Sundell)
"Curbing corruption through social welfare reform? The effects of Mexico's conditional cash transfer program on good government" i The American Review of Public Administration 2010 vol. 40(6):671-698 (together Marcia Grimes)
"Women in Parliaments:Descriptive and Substantive Representation" i Annual Review of Political Science 2009 (12):51-69.
"Minskade könsskillnader i Sveriges riksdag" i Folkets representanter (red. Martin Brothén och Sören Holmberg, 2010).
Metodpraktikan, fjärde upplagan 2012 (Norstedts juridik, together with Peter Esaiasson, Mikael Gilljam och Henrik Oscarsson).
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