CONPOL is a research project at the Department of Government at Uppsala University in Sweden funded by a five-year consolidator grant from the European Research Council.

Contexts, Networks and Participation: The Social Logic of Political Engagement

The overriding purpose of the project is to increase knowledge of what explains differences in political participation between individuals. More specifically, we focus on how the decisions of individuals to become involved in politics are shaped in social contexts. In concrete terms this means that the project explores questions like how we are affected by having grown up in a certain family, by having certain friends, by living in a specific area or by being employed at a certain workplace.

News and events

New publication: “Birth Order and Voter Turnout”

The CONPOL team are pleased to announce a new publication in British Journal of Political Science: “Birth Order and Voter Turnout”. Previous studies have stressed the role of a child’s family environment for future political participation. This field of research…

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New publication: “Education and voter turnout revisited: Evidence from a Swedish twin sample with validated turnout data”

The CONPOL team are pleased to announce a new publication in Electoral Studies: “Education and voter turnout revisited: Evidence from a Swedish twin sample with validated turnout data”. The association between education and voter turnout is well-established in almost a…

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New publication: “Disentangling the Impact of Civil Association Membership on Political Participation: Evidence from Swedish Panel Data”

The CONPOL team are pleased to announce a new publication in British Journal of Political Science: “Disentangling the Impact of Civil Association Membership on Political Participation: Evidence from Swedish Panel Data”. What is the effect of membership in civil associations…

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New publication: “Ethnic Enclaves, Self-employment, and the Economic Performance of Refugees: Evidence from a Swedish Dispersal Policy”

The CONPOL team are pleased to announce a new publication in International Migration Review: “Ethnic Enclaves, Self-employment, and the Economic Performance of Refugees: Evidence from a Swedish Dispersal Policy”. This article estimates the causal effect of residential concentration of co-ethnics…

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New publication: “Parents, Peers, and Politics: The Long-term Effects of Vertical Social Ties”

The CONPOL team are pleased to announce a new publication in Quarterly Journal of Political Science: “Parents, Peers, and Politics: The Long-term Effects of Vertical Social Ties”.  We examine how one’s adult political participation is affected by having social ties…

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Podcast discussing CONPOL research

A recent episode of the popular Swedish podcast “Det politiska spelet” included a discussion about two CONPOL studies on the relationship between sibling order and political participation. In the first study, accepted for publication in British Journal of Political Science…

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New publication: “Practice makes voters? Effects of student mock election on turnout.”

The CONPOL team are pleased to announce a new publication in Politics: “Practice makes voters? Effects of student mock election on turnout”.  Student mock elections are conducted in schools around the world in an effort to increase political interest and…

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Successful VR grant proposal!

CONPOL PI Sven Oskarsson together with CONPOL member Rafael Ahlskog received a 13 MSEK grant from VR (the Swedish Research Council) for a project with the title: “The genetics of life course outcomes: Leveraging new methods to advance social-science genomics”.…

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ERC blogpost about CONPOL

In the run-up to the European Parliament elections, ERC will publish a series of stories featuring ERC grantees and their research on their website. You can read an intervju with PI Sven Oskarsson about the CONPOL project here    …

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New publication: “Access to education and political candidacy: Lessons from school openings in Sweden.”

The CONPOL team are pleased to announce a new publication in Economic of Education Review: “Access to education and political candidacy: Lessons from school openings in Sweden.” In this paper we examine how availability of education affects who becomes a…

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New Publication: “Enhancing Electoral Equality: Can Education Compensate for Family Background Differences in Voting Participation?”

The CONPOL team are pleased to announce a new publication in the American Political Science Review: “Enhancing Electoral Equality: Can Education Compensate for Family Background Differences in Voting Participation?” The departure point of this study is the well documented fact…

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Successful RJ grant proposal!

CONPOL PI Sven Oskarsson together with CONPOL member Rafael Ahlskog received a 5.8 MSEK grant from RJ (the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation) for a project with the title: “Nature via Nurture: Using novel methods to shed new light on…

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New publication: “It Runs in the Family: A Study of Political Candidacy Among Swedish Adoptees.”

The CONPOL team are pleased to announce a new publication in Political Behavior: “It Runs in the Family: A Study of Political Candidacy Among Swedish Adoptees.” Recent work has shown that early life parental socialization is strongly associated with a…

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