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Lena Wängnerud



Research interest

My main research areas are: (1) Representative democracy with a particular focus on issues of women's political influence and gender equality. In this area, I examine mainly Swedish conditions and developments from the 1970s onwards. (2) Gender and corruption where I compare countries with each other but also regions within one and the same country. Here I have a particular focus on conditions in Europe. (3) The role of anxiety for democracy and social development. Again, it is mainly Swedish conditions, which are the focus.

New books:

The Principles of Gender-Sensitive Parliaments (Routledge 2015) https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138802650.

Elites, institutions and the Quality of Government (editor together with Carl Dahlström, Palgrave, 2015) http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/Elites-Institutions-and-the-Quality-of-Government/?K=9781137556271.

Selection of previous publications:

Testing the politics of presence. Women's representation in the Swedish parliament, Scandinavian Political Studies, 2000, 23 (1): 67-91. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9477.00031/pdf.

Women in Parliaments. Descriptive and substantive representation, Annual Review of Political Science, 2009; 12: 51-69. http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev.polisci.11.053106.123839.

Corruption as an obstacle to women's political representation: Evidence from local councils in 18 European Countries. With Aksel Sundström, Party Politics in 2014. http://ppq.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/09/03/1354068814549339.abstract.

Gender and corruption. The mediating Power of institutional logics. With Helena Stensöta and Richard Svensson, Governance 2014. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gove.12120/abstract.

Gender and socio-tropic anxiety: Explaining gender differences in anxiety to Social Risks and threats. With Monika Djerf-Pierre, The International Journal of Public Opinion Research in 2015. http://ijpor.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/05/13/ijpor.edv009.full.pdf.

For a full list of publications, please see my CV.



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