Department of Government

The department’s faculty consists of researchers covering all the major fields of political science. Our shared objective is to analyse the conditions for political power and the prerequisites for well functioning democratic institutions.

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Research at the Department of Government

Our research is characterised by methodological diversity, ranging from advanced statistical analysis to historical methods and analysis of ideas, and covers all major sub-areas of political science. A central focus of much of our research are questions of power and democracy as they arise in Sweden, Europe and the Global South.

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Johan Skytte Prize

In 1622, Johan Skytte, then Vice-Chancellor of the University, established the Johan Skytte chair in Eloquence and Government, which is probably the world’s oldest active professorship in political science. The lands included in the original donation continue to finance research and the Johan Skytte Prize. The prize money of SEK 500,000 is awarded every year by the Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University to the person who has made the “most valuable contribution to political science”. Find out more about the Skytte Prize.