Elin Naurin is associate professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg.
Naurin has a wide research interest in theories and practice of representative democracy. Specific interests are parties' election pledges, and representatives' and voters' views of democratic mandates. She is also interested in questions about democratic responsivenes as well as the role of life events (especially the process of pregnacy) for citizens' democratic (de)mobilisation, interest and knowledge of politics.
Naurin's work is published in journals such as American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Political Studies, West European Politics, Scandinavian Political Studies and Party Politics. She has also published the book Election Promises, Party Behaviour and Voter Perceptions (2011) with Palgrave Macmillan, which in 2015 received the SWEPSA prize for best book on Swedish politics 2011-2015. In Swedish, Naurin's work is found for example in the book Det politiska spelet (Studentlitteratur 2014, together with Bengt Johansson, Staffan Kumlin and Lena Wängnerud). She regularly contributes to the research blog Politologerna.
Together with Terry Royed and Robert Thomson, Naurin coordinates the Comparative Party Pledges Group (CPPG). CPPG performs comparative research on party pledges in 12 countries. Recent results are continously being presented at conferences and are available upon request. The group is currently working on an edited volume including analyses of more than 20,000 pledges.
Naurin is also interested in the role of pregnancy and childbirth for political behavior. Questions regarding this are more than welcome and related early stage results (from the Swedish Citizen Panel of LORE (www.lore.gu.se)) are available on request.
Naurin is currently responsible for the advanced level course "Citizens, Politicians and the Media. Evaluating Democratic Processes" at the University of Gothenburg. The course is a collaboration between the Department of Political Science and the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (together with Adam Shehata). Naurin is also, together with Henrik Oscarsson, responsible for the development of the project Grundlagskonventet (the Constitutional Convention) at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg. Grundlagskonventet is a role play where undergraduate student act to create a new constitution for Sweden and it has received pedagogical prize for outstanding achievements at the University of Gothenburg.