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Kåre Vernby, Ph.D., Uppsala University, 2006, is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University and the Department of Government, Uppsala University, where he teaches courses in comparative politics and methods.  His research interests are in political economy and political behavior. His current research projects include studying the policy consequences of enfranchising previously excluded groups; discrimination; the political representation of immigrants; and the historical origins of the radical right. His papers have been published or are forthcoming in academic journals such as American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, European Union Politics and Politics & Society as well as several edited volumes. He is a former recipient of the Postdoctoral Scholarship from the Wallander-Hedelius Foundation for Research in the Economic Sciences and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University (2007-2008) and a visiting graduate student at University of Rochester (2003).

Research Projects and Collaborations

Vernby is principal researcher on the project “Are Noncitizens Discriminated Against in the Hiring Process?”, funded by IFAU, and part of the project “Global Economic Crisis, Institutional Change and Inequality in a Comparative Perspective: Changed Welfare States and Labour Markets in the Western World since the Global Economic Crisis 2008”, funded by Vetenskapsrådet. He is also an affiliate of the Immigration and Integration Policy Lab at Stanford University.



Dancygier, Rafaela, Karl-Oskar Lindgren, Sven Oskarsson and Kåre Vernby. Forthcoming. ”Why Are Immigrants Underrepresented in Politics: Evidence from Sweden” American Political Science Review. Here is a link to a working paper version.

Finseraas, Henning and Kåre Vernby.  2014. “A Mixed Blessing for the Left? Early Voting, Turnout and Election Outcomes in Norway, Electoral Studies 33: 278–291. Covered by The Guardian and LSE’s EUROPP blog. Here is a working paper version that was covered by The Monkey Cage.

Erlingsson, Gissur, Kåre Vernby and Richard Öhrvall. 2014. ”The Single-Issue Party Thesis and the Sweden Democrats”, Acta Politica 49: 196–216. Here is a working paper version.

Vernby, Kåre. 2013. “Inclusion and Public Policy: Evidence from Sweden’s Introduction of Noncitizen Suffrage” American Journal of Political Science 57: 15-29. Covered by Libération. The article has an on-line appendix and the data are on the AJPS Dataverse. Here is a working paper version. There is also an older version of the paper that includes a formal model of noncitizen enfranchisement.

Finseraas, Henning and Kåre Vernby. 2011. “What Parties Are and What Parties Do: Partisanship and Welfare State Reform in an Era of Austerity” Socio-Economic Review 9: 613-638

Vernby, Kåre and Henning Finseraas. 2010. “Xenophobia and Left Voting” Politics & Society 38: 490-516

Bäck, Hanna Patrick Dumont, Henk Erik Meier, Thomas Persson and Kåre Vernby. 2009. “Does European Integration Lead to a ‘Presidentialization’ of Executive Politics? Ministerial Selection in Swedish Postwar Cabinets” European Union Politics 10: 226-252

Lindgren, Karl-Oskar and Kåre Vernby. 2007. “Om kvinnorepresentation och rätten till heltid” [On Womens’ Representation and the Right to Full Time Work] Kommunal Ekonomi & Politik

Vernby, Kåre. 2007. “Strikes are More Common in Countries With Majoritarian Electoral Systems” Public Choice 132: 65-84

Book Chapters

Bäck, Hanna, Thomas Persson, Kåre Vernby and Lina Westin. 2011. “Presidentialisation from a Historical Perspective: Ministerial Selection and Reshuffling in Swedish Cabinets” in Parliamentary Government in the Nordic Countries at a Crossroads, eds. Thomas Persson and Matti Wiberg, Stockholm: Santérus Academic Press

Kåre Vernby. 2010. “Demokrati som utfall av fördelningspolitisk strid” [Democracy as the outcome of distributive struggle] in Myt eller verklighet? Om samband mellan demokrati och ekonomisk tillväxt, eds. Sven Oskarsson and Sten Widmalm, Stockholm: Norstedts

Vernby, Kåre and Jörgen Hermansson. 2010. “Har parlamentarismen varit oss till gagn?” [Has Parliamentarism Served Us Well?] in Regeringsmakten i Sverige, ed. Jörgen Hermansson, Stockholm: SNS

Hermansson, Jörgen and Kåre Vernby. 2010. “Regeringsombildningar och statsr ådskarriärer” [Cabinet Reshuffles and Ministerial Careers] in Regeringsmakten i Sverige, ed. Jörgen Hermansson, Stockholm: SNS

Bäck, Hanna, Thomas Persson, Kåre Vernby and Helena Wockelberg. 2009. “In Tranquil Waters: Swedish Cabinet Ministers in the Post-War Era” in The Selection of Ministers in Europe: Hiring and Firing, eds. Keith Dowding and Patrick Dumont, London: Routledge

Bäck, Hanna and K åre Vernby. 2006. “Medborgarna uppfattar partiernas politik” [The Citizen’s Perceive Parties’ Policies] in Valets mekanismer, eds. Hanna Bäck and Mikael Giljam, Stockholm: Liber

Vernby, Kåre. 2005. “Classes, Sectors and Political Cleavages” in Power and Institutions in Industrial Relation Regimes, eds. PerOla Öberg and Torsten Svensson, Stockholm: Arbetslivsinstitutet