Sofia Näsström

professor vid Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Forskare och lärare

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Sofia Näsström specializes in political theory/philosophy, and has written on issues related to legitimacy, the people and representation, and on thinkers as Levinas, Arendt and Montesquieu. Her monograph The Spirit of Democracy: Sources of Corruption and Renewal is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Her next book project is called Democracy and the Social Question. Näsström is also the author of a popular science book on democracy in Swedish, forthcoming 2021. For CV, see below.

Nyckelord: political philosophy democratic theory history of ideas political theory

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I work in the field of political theory, with particular focus on issues connected to democracy, constituent power, the people, representation, freedom and precarity. My current focus is on the difference between political lifeforms (in Montesquieu's sense of the term), and I have written a monograph on this topic, The Spirit of Democracy: Sources of Corruption and Renewal, which is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. I am also the author of a popular science book on democracy in Swedish, forthcoming 2021.

During the last ten years I have published articles on the above issues in journals as Political Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, Political Studies, Constellations and Contemporary Political Theory, and I have spent time as fellow or visiting scholar 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 coordinator 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.

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 42, No 5: 543-568. Abstract.

"The Normative Power of Political Equality", in Erman & Näsström, Political Equality in Transnational Democracy (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 157-181. 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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