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Sofia Näsström

senior lecturer at Department of Government, Faculty

+4618-471 6127
Visiting address:
Gamla Torget 6
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

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Sofia Näsström is Associate Professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. She works in the field of political theory, with particular focus on issues related to democracy, constituent power, the people, the right to have rights, representation, freedom and precarity. She is currently working on a monograph entitled The Spirit of Democracy: Sources of Corruption and Renewal. Here is a list of publications, talks and a full CV

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I am Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Government at Uppsala University. I work in the field of political theory, with particular focus on issues connected to democracy, constituent power, the people, right to have rights, representation, freedom, precarity. My current focus is on the difference between forms of government (in Montesquieu's sense of the term), and I am working on a monograph related to this topic entitled The Spirit of Democracy: Sources of Corruption and Renewal.

I have held visiting positions at the European University Institute, Florence, Columbia University, New York and New School of Social Research, New York. My current project is called Right to Citizenship: The Problem, Principle and Politics of a New Law (2014-2017), and it is financed by the Swedish Research Council. For more information about this project, see here. I am also a researcher within the project Who are "We, the People"? A Study of National and Indigenous Peoples' Constitutions (2016-2018) For more information about this project, see here.

Selected publications:

"Representative Democracy is Classless", in Monica Brito Viereira, Reclaiming Representation (London: Routledge, 2017), forthcoming.

"'We, the People': The Problem of Foundation", in Elisabeth Gräb-Schmidt and Ferdinando Menga (Hrsg), Grenzgänge der Gemeinschaft (Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2016). 

"A Democratic Critique of Precarity", Global Discourse (2015), Vol. 5, Issue 4: 556-573. Co-authored with Sara Kalm. Access here.

"Democratic Representation beyond Election", Constellations (2015), Vol. 22, Issue 1: 1-12. Abstract

"The Right to have Rights: Democratic, not Political", Political Theory, (2014) Vol. 32, No 5: 543-568. Abstract.

"The Normative Power of Political Equality", in Erman & Näsström, Political Equality in Transnational Democracy (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 157-182. Access here.

"Where is the Representative Turn Going?", European Journal of Political Theory (2011), Vol. 10, No 4: 501-510. Abstract.

"The Challenge of the All-Affected Principle", Political Studies (2011). Vol. 59, Issue 1: 116-34. Abstract.

"Democracy Counts: Problems of Equality in Transnational Democracy", in Transnational Actors in Global Governance, eds. J. Tallberg, C. Jönsson, Palgrave, MacMillan, 2010: 348-383. Download the article here.

"The Legitimacy of the People", Political Theory, (2007), Vol 35, No 5: 624-658. Abstract.

"Representative Democracy as Tautology: Ankersmit and Lefort on Representation", European Journal of Political Theory, (2006), Vol. 5, No 3: 321-342. Abstract.

The An-Archical State. Logics of Legitimacy in the Social Contract Tradition, (Stockholm: Department of Political Science, Stockholm Series in Politics 99, 2004).

"What Globalization Overshadows", Political Theory, (2003), Vol. 31, No. 6: 808-834. Abstract.


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