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Ongoing projects

Visualizing Continuity and Change in Political Behavior 1956-2014

The Swedish National Election Studies program (SNES) develop new tools for visualization of the unique collection of historic data on elections, voter behavior and the function of representative democracy (1956-2014). The project aim to communicate our empirical results about central dynamic democratic processes to a new and larger audience outside the academia. The communication project will enhance our understanding of the stability and change in political behavior over the past half-century and will also serve as a tool for visualizing data from future elections in Sweden. More specifically, the project will develop interactive applications and visualizations for key indicators of the well-being of a democratic society, the voter volatility between elections and during campaigns, the ideological distances between parties along issue dimensions, and the issue congruence between voters and political elites. The visualization project is funded by the Swedish Riksbank (KOM16-1380:1).


Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES: Sweden V VI)

The Swedish National Election Studies Program is currently (Spring 2017) seeking funding for remaining in the hugely successful CSES-project for two more rounds of data collection. Sweden is part of the CSES since 1995. CSES is a coordinated comparative collaboration between national research teams around the world. This collaboration enables the systematic analysis of electoral behaviour under globally varying institutional conditions. More than 200 scholars from over 60 nations collaborate to reach a better understanding of enduring and fundamental questions about electoral choice. The collaborative effort results in a very large number of research publications each year. A consolidated West-European multi-party democracy as Sweden represents an important case for comparative electoral researchers, not the least because of the high data quality. CSES remain the most important international collaborative project for Swedish research on elections, opinion, and democracy. In the Swedish case, the field work for the fifth and sixth module of the CSES will be carried out in conjunction with the general elections in 2018 and 2022. Read more about CSES: www.cses.org.


SNES Cumulative Data Set 1956-2014

To stimulate further research and facilitate the use of the SNES data, research assistants Dennis Andersson and Per Hedberg are preparing a comprehensive and fully documented cumulative data set for all Swedish National Election Studies 1956-2014. We aim to produce a first release of the continuity data set in 2020. Follow the SNES-program on social media (FB and Twitter) so you don't miss out on any news from us.


Comparative Party Pledge Group (CPPG)

Comparative Party Pledge Group (CPPG) performs comparative research on election pledges in several countries. The group was initiated in 2008 by Elin Naurin (University of Gothenburg), Terry Royed (University of Alabama) and Robert Thomson (Monash University). A recent publication is “The fulfillment of parties’ election pledges: a comparative study on the impact of power sharing”, which will be published by the American Journal of Political Science during spring 2017 (Thomson, Robert, Royed Terry, Naurin Elin, Artés Joaquín, Costello Rory, Ennser-Jedenastik Laurenz, Ferguson Mark, Kostadinova Petia, Moury Catherine, Pétry François, Praprotnik Katrin). 

If you are Interested in research on Swedish parties’ election pledges, publication references found here. Summaries in swedish are found on the research blog Politologerna. For more information about the CPPG, please contact Elin Naurin.

Election manifestos 1991-2014

The manifestos between 1991-2010 are in swedish and in 2014 the "Alliance's" and "Feminist initiative's" can be found in english within the downloadable PDF-file.

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Through Swedish National Data Service link you can find historical manifestos from the year 1887 and forward, though only in swedish.

Comparative Candidate Survey : Sweden (CCS)

The Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS) is a joint multi-national project with the goal of collecting data on candidates running for national parliamentary elections in different countries using a common core questionnaire to allow for cross-country comparison. The research questions focuses on the relationships between the candidate, the party and the voters. Campaigning is a major topic in this core questionnaire, but other domains like recruitment and carrier patterns, issues and ideology, and democracy and representation are also included in the questionnaire. All in all are 30 countries included in the project. Sweden has participated two times: 2010 (1740 respondents) and 2014 (1872 respondents). All parliamentary parties are included (but also candidates from Feministiskt Initiativ). The principal investigator for the Swedish study is Patrik Öhberg. Data from the CCS are available on the online system FORSbase: http://www.comparativecandidates.org/data-access

Developing Consideration Set Models of Voting behavior (CSM)

The CSM project seeks to develop and empirically test new models for how voters decide which party to vote for -- the Consideration Set Model -- to meet the challenges of a highly individualized voting behavior. CSM are based on the assumption that most voters in the 21st century actually choose between a set of alternative parties. A voter's decision process is sequenced into at least two stages, the consideration set formation stage and the choice stage. While the form and content of the consideration sets are influenced by stable long term ideological predispositions, the final choice stage is more influenced by short term factors such as campaign agendas, events, debates, media coverage, and person-to-person conversation.

Members of the CSM-project are Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson, Maria Oskarson, Annika Fredén and Jacob Sohlberg. The  CSM-project is funded by the Swedish Riksbank (P13-0721:1). For more information, see our list of publications.


The Research Handbook of Political Partisanship

Sören Holmberg and Henrik Oscarsson are editors of the Research Handbook on Political Partisanship on behalf of Edward Elgar Publishing. The goal of the project is to provide a comprehensive, one-stop book for social scientists interested in partisanship as a phenomenon and as an analytical tool. More than 30 researchers have accepted our invitations and will contribute with chapters divided into four sections: I) What it is (definitions, the role of partisanship in democratic theory), II) How to measure it (data & operationalizations), III) How to get it (origins and determinants of partisanship), and IV) What you get (how partisanship affects and moderates citizens’ attitudes and behavior and impacts the functionality of democratic systems).

List of contributions

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