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The Political Opinions of Swedish Social Scientists

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  • Niclas Berggren

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    (The Ratio Institute)

  • Henrik Jordahl

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    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

  • Charlotta Stern

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    (Department of Sociology, Stockholm University)

Abstract

We study the political opinions of Swedish social scientists in seven disciplines and find indications of a left‑right divide, with sociology and gender studies being the most left‑leaning disciplines, with business administration, economics, and law being the most right‑leaning ones, and with political science and economic history being located somewhere in between. This pattern is found when looking at party preferences, left‑right self‑identification, and positions on economic policy issues. Overall, there is a slight dominance in sympathies for the right, although there are more academics to the left among those most involved in activities with a potential to influence decision‑makers.

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Article provided by Finnish Economic Association in its journal Finnish Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 22 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (Autumn)
Pages: 75-88

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Handle: RePEc:fep:journl:v:22:y:2009:i:2:p:75-88

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  1. But Swedish Social Scientists are Right Wing
    by David Stern in Stochastic Trend on 2010-01-22 22:45:00
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  1. Niclas Berggren & Henrik Jordahl & Panu Poutvaara, 2010. "The Right Look: Conservative Politicians Look Better and their Voters Reward it," CESifo Working Paper Series 3310, CESifo Group Munich.

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