Sofia Näsström

professor 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 Professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. She works in the field of political theory, with particular focus on issues related to democracy, the people and representation. She is currently completing a monograph entitled The Spirit of Democracy: Sources of Corruption and Renewal, and as of 2019, she is principal investigator of a new project: "Democratic Self-Defense: The Social Model" (2019-21). Here is a list of recent talks. For CV, see below.

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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 political lifeforms (in Montesquieu's sense of the term), and I am completing a monograph related to this topic entitled The Spirit of Democracy: Sources of Corruption and Renewal.

I have published many articles on the above issues in journals as Political Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, Political Studies, Constellations and Contemporary Political Theory, and have been awarded visiting positions and fellowships at the European University Institute, Florence, Columbia University, New York, New School of Social Research, New York and at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa.

As of 2019, I am principal investigator of a new project on Democratic Self-Defense: The Social Model funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (2019-21). My previous project was called Right to Citizenship: The Problem, Principle and Politics of a New Law (2014-2017), and it was funded 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:

"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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