Department of Government


Skytteanum a living house

Learn more about the history of the Department of Government in the department's new film. The film is ten minutes long and subtitled in Swedish and English.

Skytteanum a living house

Research at the Department of Government

From Berit Sahlström's Political Science Square 2019-2021

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.

Our research



Recent publications

  • Policy and Society "Advocacy coalitions as political organizations"
  • Climate Policy "Revisiting the role of disasters in climate policy-making"
  • Demokratins självförsvar
  • Redirecting Radical Democracy From Antagonism to Alienation
  • Journal of Peace Research "The women and men that make peace: Introducing the Mediating Individuals (M-IND) dataset"
  • Political Research Exchange "Online repression and transnational social movements: Thailand and the #MilkTeaAlliance"
  • Autocratization in Contemporary Uganda "Chapter 10: Autocratization by elections"
  • International Affairs "Small states and the dilemma of geopolitics: role change in Finland and Sweden"
  • European Journal of International Security "The EU’s evolving leadership role in an age of geopolitics: Beyond normative and market power in the Indo-Pacific"
  • Acta Politica "Beyond right and wrong: on the conditionality of dirty hands"
  • Gender and Politics "Gendered Institutions and Where to Find Them: A Critical Realist Approach"
  • European Security "Upon entering NATO: explaining defence willingness among Swedes"
  • Peacebuilding: "Urban restructuring and the reproduction of spaces of violence in Belfast"
  • Acta Sociologica "Political icon and role model: Dimensions of the perceived ‘Greta effect’ among climate activists as aspects of contemporary social movement leadership"
  • Comparative European Politics "How not to respond to populism"
  • Post-Soviet Women: New Challenges and Ways to Empowerment, "When the Private Remains Nonpolitical: Gender Roles, Sexual Liberation, and the Example of Armenia"
  • International Journal of Communication "'Meme-Ing' Peace in Northern Ireland: Exploring the Everyday Politics of Internet Memes in Belfast Riots"
  • Public Opinion Research "Is the Positive Effect of Education on Ethnic Tolerance a Method Artifact? A Multifactorial Survey Experiment on Social Desirability Bias in Sweden"
  • European Journal of Political Research "Still proud at the polls? LGBT+rights don’t dilute the sexuality turnout gap"
  • Contemporary Political Theory "Democratic renewal and the spirit of democracy"
  • Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability “Urban growth, resilience, and violence”

About the Department of Government

The Johan Skytte donation letter from 1622.

In 1622, Johan Skytte bequeathed land and property to Uppsala University. The donation was to finance a professorship in Eloquentia et politices (eloquence and politics). Over the centuries, a strong political science department has evolved around the professorship. The department is located at Gamla Torget 6 and in the historic building Skytteanum in Uppsala. 

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Johan Skytte Prize

The Johan Skytte chair in Eloquence and Government 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”.

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Johan Skytte (1577-1645) painted by Jacob Elbfas

Department of Government

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Visiting address
Östra Ågatan 19, Uppsala 
Opening hours

Student Office
7th floor
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Postal address
Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
Box 514
751 20 Uppsala

Phone (switch): +46 18 471 00 00

Last modified: 2024-04-10