I am professor in Sociology at Södertörn University, and research director at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm. I am 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.
The project studies the work of policy professionals as a form of political influence, and their motivations, careers, and labour market.
In 2015 the book “Makt utan mandat?” [Power without mandate?] was published, in which Swedish policy professionals were analysed.
I now conducts an extended project studying policy professionals in historical and comparative perspective.
Three recently published works:
Svallfors, Stefan “Knowing the game: motivations and skills among partisan policy professionals”, Journal of Professions and Organization, Vol 4 (1): 55-69 (2017). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jpo/jow008
Svallfors, Stefan “’Most MPs are not all that sharp’. Political employees and representative democracy”, International Journal of Public Administration, Vol 40 (7), pp 548-558 (2017) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2016.1157693
Svallfors, Stefan “Politics as organized combat – new players and new rules of the game in Sweden”. New Political Economy , Vol 21 (6), pp 505-19 (2016). DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2016.1156662
Three frequently cited works:
Svallfors, Stefan The Moral Economy of Class. Class and Attitudes in Comparative Perspective. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006.
Svallfors, Stefan ‘Worlds of Welfare and Attitudes to Redistribution: A Comparison of Eight Western Nations’ European Sociological Review, Vol 13 (1997), pp 283-304. [reprinted in Leibfried, Stephan & Mau, Steffen (Eds.) Welfare States: Construction, Deconstruction, Reconstruction (Vol III: Legitimation, Achievements and Integration), pp 331-52, Edward Elgar, 2008]
Svallfors, Stefan Välfärdsstatens moraliska ekonomi. Välfärdsopinionen i 90-talets Sverige. [”The Moral Economy of the Welfare State. Public Opinion on Welfare Policies in the 1990s Sweden”], Umeå: Boréa, 1996.
- The lure of power. Career paths and considerations among policy professionals in Sweden
- Resilient privatization: the puzzling case of for-profit welfare providers in Sweden
- “Most MPs are Not All that Sharp.” Political Employees and Representative Democracy
- "Most MPs are not all that sharp." Political employees and representative democracy
- A Bedrock of Support? Trends in Welfare State Attitudes in Sweden, 1981–2010
- Age, Class, and Attitudes Towards Government Responsibilities
- Class, Values, and Attitudes Towards Redistribution: A European Comparison
- Government quality, egalitarianism, and attitudes to taxes and social spending: a European comparison
- Knowing the game: motivation and skills among policy professionals
- Knowing the Game: Motivations and Skills Among Partisan Policy Professionals
- Out of the Golden Cage: PR and the career opportunities of policy professionals
- Politics as organized combat – new players and new rules of the game in Sweden
- Welfare Attitudes in Context
- Welfare States and Welfare Attitudes