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 CONPOL member:  Michal Smrek

Today Michal Smrek joined the CONPOL team! Michal is currently a PhD student at the Depertment of Government, Uppsala University. He will defend his thesis on political selection, legislative careers and gender representation on May 11 2019. Michal will be…

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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 toegther 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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