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The Swedish National Election Studies Program

The Swedish National Election Studies Program (SNES) was established in 1954 by Jörgen Westerståhl and Bo Särlvik and is today a well known network of researchers at the Department of Political Science in Gothenburg. The Program is a collaboration between scholars interested in studies of electoral democracy, representative democracy, opinion formation, and voting behavior.

The aim of our research is among others to explain why people vote as they do and why an election ends in a particular way. We track and follow trends in the Swedish electoral democracy and make comparisons with other countries. The series of Swedish National Election Studies (SNES) 1954- is one of the best data available for the study of electoral behavior.

The Swedish National Election Studies Program actively participates in Nordic, European and global networks, including NED (Nordic Research Group on Elections and Democracy), EES (European Election Study), The True European Voter, CSES (Comparative Study of Electoral Systems), CPPG (Comparative Party Pledges Group) and CCS (Comparative Candidate Survey).


Principal Investigators:
Soren.Holmberg@pol.gu.se +46 31 786 1227
Henrik.Oscarsson@pol.gu.se +46 31 786 4666

Program Coordinator
Per.Hedberg@pol.gu.se +46 31 786 1199

Contact Information

Swedish National Election Studies

Department of Political Science University of Gothenburg, Box 711 SE 405 30 GÖTEBORG


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