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My research is located at the intersection of Public Administration, IR and Comparative Politics, and focuses on civil society as an institutional sphere, and on civil society organizations (CSOs) as political actors. I am primarily interested in: CSOs as both agents and objects of transnationalization processes;  CSOs and governance (including both the internal, organizational governance structures in CSOs themselves, and the roles of CSOs in the governance of society); and the relationship between the different institutional spheres in society, particularly civil society and the state, in a comparative perspective.

As of 2015 I divide my time between the Department, and the Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies (SCCSS) at the Stockholm School of Economics. I am also affiliated with the Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (Score). My current research projects focus on:

  1. competing institutional logics in think tanks (grant from the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation in 2015).
  2. audit practices in the field of elderly care in Sweden (grant from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond in 2014);
  3. the chain of governance in welfare service producing CSOs (grant from the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society 2014); and
  4. transnationalization and institutional change in civil society (grant from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond in 2009);                  

My other academic activities include, among others:

  • Regional co-editor (for Northern Europe) of the international journal Nonprofit Policy Forum
  • Reviewer for Voluntas: International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations
  • Member of the scientific council of the Ideell Arena think tank
  • Co-convenor (together with Stefan Einarsson) of the standing research seminar on organized civil society at the Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies (SCCSS).

Publications (selected)

Wijkström, F. and M. Reuter (2015) Two Sides of the Governance Coin: Civil Society Inside-Out. In Eynaud, P., J-L. Laville and D. Young (eds.) Governance and Democracy: Civil Society in a Changing World. New York: Routledge.

Reuter, M., F. Wijkström and M. Meyer (2014) Who Calls the Shots? The Real Normative Power of Civil Society. In Freise, M. and T. Hallman (eds.) Modernizing Democracy. Associations and Associating in the 21st century. New York: Springer.

Reuter, M., F. Wijkström and B. Kristensson Uggla (2013, eds.) Trust and Organizations: Confidence Across Borders. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Reuter, M., Wijkström, F. & von Essen, J. (2012). Policy Tools or Mirrors of Politics. Government-Voluntary Sector Compacts in the Post-Welfare State Age. Nonprofit Policy Forum 3(2).

Reuter, M. (2012). Överenskommelsen som spegel och arena. Betraktelser över ett avtal i tiden. In: F. Wijkström (red) Civilsamhället i samhällskontraktet. Vad står på spel? Stockholm: European Civil Society Press.

Kristensson Uggla, B., Reuter, M. & Wijkström, F. (2012). Förtroendet i teori och praktik. In: M. Reuter,  F. Wijkström & B. Kristensson Uggla (eds.) Vem i hela världen kan man lita på? Förtroende i teori och praktik. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Reuter, M., Wijkström, F. & Kristensson Uggla, B. (eds., 2012). Vem i hela världen kan man lita på? Förtroende i teori och praktik. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Reuter, M. (2011). Independent Watchdogs or Integrated Policy-Makers? Civil Society Participation in the Hybrid Governance Environment Around the Baltic Sea. In: F. Wijkström & A. Zimmer (eds.) Nordic Civil Society at a Cross-Roads. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Eriksson, J., Karlsson, M. & Reuter, M. (2010). Technocracy, Politicization and Non-involvement: Politics of Expertise in the European Regulation of Chemicals, Review of Policy Research, 27 (2).

Eriksson, J., Karlsson, M. & Reuter, M. (2010). Scientific Committees and EU Policy: The Case of SCHER. In: J. Eriksson, M. Gilek & C. Rüden (eds.) Regulating Chemical Risks: European and Global Challenges. Dordrecht: Springer.

Reuter, M. (2010). Sparbankrörelsens ansvar och det transnationella rummet. In: F. Wijkström (ed.) Idéer för framtiden. Tankar på vägen in i det nya sparbankslandet. Stockholm: SparbanksAkademin.

Reuter, M. (2007). Networking a Region into Existence? Dynamics of Civil Society Regionalization in the Baltic Sea Area. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag.

Reuter, M. (2005). Götz, N. & Hackmann, J. “Civil Society in the Baltic Sea Region”, Journal of Baltic Studies, 36 (3) [book review].

Reuter, M. (2005). Introduction. In: C. Gicquel, V. Makarov & M. Zolkos (eds.) The Challenge of Mobility in the Baltic Sea Region. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag.

Reuter, M. (2004). Fear of the Other and the Emergence of Regional Identity in the Baltic Sea Area, in: J. Hecker-Stampehl, A. Bannwart, D. Brekenfeld & U. Plath (eds.) Perceptions of Loss, Decline and Doom in the Baltic Sea Area. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag.