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Political Science professor Sören Holmberg honoured with a new anthology

News: Oct 02, 2013

It isn’t every professor who is honoured with his own anthology when he turns 70. But then Sören Holmberg isn´t just any other professor. The creation of the anthology, Stepping Stones, was kept a secret, and was only first revealed to the very surprised and happy honoree at a seminar on Monday.

For decades, Sören Holmberg has been one of the leading political scientists in Sweden. He is probably most known to the public as SVTs expert commentator for Swedish elections – a role he has performed since 1979. In addition, Sören Holmberg has also worked closely with the Swedish Election Research Programme for the majority of his long and successful career.

And therefore the anthology presented to Sören Holmberg at the seminar on Monday is comprised of articles on election research, with a focus on representative democracy. The book’s research focuses also on election opinion and voter behavior, as well as on the importance of the quality of governance. Thus, editors Stefan Dahlberg, Henrik Oscarsson and Lena Wängnerud focused on those research fields where Holmberg has been the most active and innovative.

In 1986, Holmberg was one of the founders of the SOM Institute, which examines Swedes’ habits, behavior, opinions and perceptions about society, politics and media. Nearly ten years ago, Sören Holmberg was one of the founders of the QoG Institute, whose purpose is to carry out research on the causes and consequences of corruption and quality of government. At the same time, he has also become the go-to expert for Swedish media for a correct, conversant and scientifically based analysis of Swedish voter behavior.

About twenty researchers authored the thirteen articles in Stepping Stones, which reflects not only Holmberg’s research profile, but that of the Department of Political Science. The articles deal with exciting blue skies research in the academic tradition which has developed at the department as a direct result of Sören Holmbergs innovative and pioneering work, or, to quote the editors’ own words: "Sören Holmberg´s work has had a significant impact on the research at the Department of political science at the University of Gothenburg. This book is intended to illustrate this".

Stepping Stones: Research on Political Representation, Voting Behavior, and Quality of Government.

Editors: Stefan Dahlberg, Henrik Oscarsson & Lena Wängnerud


Download the book here



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