The CSDC Speaker Series Presents:
“Responsive Democracy: Longitudinal Analyses on the Relationship between Public Opinion and Public Policy in Sweden 1956-2016”
Professor Mikael Persson (University of Gothenburg)
You can learn more about Professor Persson by clicking here
The project “Responsive Democracy: Longitudinal Analyses on the Relationship between Public Opinion and Public Policy” aims to evaluate the opinion policy link in Swedish politics during the last 60 years by using survey questions measuring public opinion on policy proposals combined with data on parliamentarians’ opinions on policy proposals and, most importantly, with data on whether or not these policy proposals have been implemented. By combining these three sources of information, the project aims to provide an answer to a fundamental question that has been widely neglected in political science research: Have citizens got their preferences fulfilled in implemented policies? The project focuses on the Swedish case from 1956 to 2014. It revolves around three main questions: Does the Swedish political system manage to realize the will of the people? Do different groups of citizens have unequal democratic influence? Do political representatives function as the link between citizens’ opinions and implemented policies?
This series is sponsored by the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (https://csdc-cecd.ca/) which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).