Sofia Näsström is Associate Professor at the Department of Government at Uppsala University. She works in the field of political theory, with particular focus on issues connected to representation, political boundaries, social contract theory and popular sovereignty. In recent years, her research has come to specialize on how to think legitimacy and democracy under global political conditions, and she is currently completing a monograph in relation to this, entitled The Spirit of the People: Thinking Democracy beyond the Nation-State.
Näsström has held visiting positions at the European University Institute, Columbia University and New School of Social Research. She is co-founder of the journal Ethics & Global Politics, and a member of the steering committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Political Representation. She was recently awarded a larger research grant from the Swedish Research Council (2014-2017) for the project: Right to Citizenship: The Problem, Principle and Politics of a New Law. For more information about this project, see here.
Näsström, Sofia, "Democratic Representation beyond Election", Constellations, forthcoming.
Näsström, Sofia, "The Right to have Rights: Democratic, not Political", Political Theory, forthcoming.
Näsström, Sofia, Political Equality in Transnational Democracy (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), co-edited with Eva Erman.
Näsström, Sofia, "The Normative Power of Political Equality", in Political Equality in Transnational Democracy, ed. Erman, E. Näsström, S. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 157-81.
Näsström, Sofia, "Where is the Representative Turn Going?", European Journal of Political Theory (2011), Vol. 10, No 4: 501-510.
Näsström, Sofia, "The Challenge of the All-Affected Principle", Political Studies (2011). Vol. 59, Issue 1: 116-34. Abstract.
Näsström, Sofia, "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.
Näsström, Sofia, "The Legitimacy of the People", Political Theory, (2007), Vol 35, No 5: 624-658. Abstract.
Näsström, Sofia, "Representative Democracy as Tautology: Ankersmit and Lefort on Representation", European Journal of Political Theory, (2006), Vol. 5, No 3: 321-342. Abstract.
Näsström, Sofia, The An-Archical State. Logics of Legitimacy in the Social Contract Tradition, (Stockholm: Department of Political Science, Stockholm Series in Politics 99, 2004).
Näsström, Sofia, "What Globalization Overshadows", Political Theory, (2003), Vol. 31, No. 6: 808-834. Abstract.
For further information and list of publications, see my cv.