Stefan Svallfors

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I am professor in Sociology at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm. I am Secretary General for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Swedish Research Council, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

My current research mainly concerns “policy professionals”, that is, people who are employed to do politics and affect politics rather than elected to office. They include groups such as political advisors, political secretaries, PR consultants, think-tank intellectuals, and other groups. I study the work of policy professionals as a form of political influence, and their motivations, careers, and labour market.

The most important publication from the project is ”Politics for Hire. The World and Work of Policy Professionals” (Edward Elgar 2020).

I also to research on expert reports and their role in Swedish health care governance in a project led by Erica Falkenström at the Institute for Futures Studies.

Three recently published works

Three frequently cited works