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Fredrik Söderbaum


Fredrik Söderbaum
+46 31 786 4340

Room number: E407b
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314

School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Fredrik Söderbaum

Professor in peace and development research at the School of Global Studies (SGS) and senior associate research fellow of the Institute of Comparative Regional Integration Studies at the United Nations University (UNU-CRIS), Bruges, Belgium. Occasionally I am participating in the public debate or interviewed by the media. Sometimes I am also acting as expert or consultant in the field of international affairs and development cooperation.


Areas of interest
My most important research results are in the field of regionalism and regional integration, where I have covered a large number of topics and issues. Important parts of this research is summarized in my book Rethinking Regionalism (Palgrave, 2016). Other research interests include EU´s external relations, foreign aid, peace and security in Africa, and global/regional governance.


Current research

External support to regional organizations in Africa — A  project funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Although most African states-led regional organizations are extremely donor-dependent, there is very little knowledge “what works” and “why”. This projects maps and assesses the donor fllows and interrogates question such as: (i) when and why are external funding increasing or reducing the implementation gap of African regional organization?; (ii) when and why do various aid delivery channels work and not (such as basket funding, core funding, program funding, project funding)?; and when and why does regional aid have positive development impact and results?

Legitimacy in Global Governance (LegGov) LegGov is a six-year research programme carried out jointly by researchers from SGS and the Departments of Political Science at Lund and Stockholm University. The programme is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation).

The purpose of this research programme is to offer the first systematic and comprehensive analysis of legitimacy in global governance. To what extent are global governance institutions (GGIs) regarded as legitimate? What explains that legitimacy? By what processes are GGIs legitimated and delegitimated? What are the consequences of legitimacy (or its absence) for the functioning of GGIs? How are these legitimacy dynamics in global governance similar to or different from the dynamics of legitimacy in the nation-state and other forms of governance?

Programme website: www.statsvet.su.se/leggov/


Teaching and tutoring
I lecture, mainly on matters related to my own research, on different levels and in different disciplines. Currently I am supervising five doctoral candidates within the department.


Personal web-page at UNU-CRIS: cris.unu.edu/fredrik-s%C3%B6derbaum

Academia: gu-se.academia.edu/FredrikS%C3%B6derbaum

ResearchGate: www.researchgate.net/profile/Fredrik_Soederbaum2

SSNR: papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm

Google Scholar: scholar.google.se/citations

Interview in Theory Talks: on the waning State, conceptualizing the Region and Europe as a Global Actor

Latest publications

Legitimation and Delegitimation in Global Governance: Discursive, Institutional, Behavioral
Fredrik Söderbaum, Karin Bäckstrand
In J Tallberg, K Bäckstrand and J A Scholte(eds) Legitimacy in Global Governance: Sources, Processes, and Consequences, Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Rethinking the links between macro-regions and micro-regions
Fredrik Söderbaum
In: Elisabetta Nadalutti and Otto Kallscheuer (eds) Region-Making and Cross-Border Cooperation: New Evidence from Four Continents, Abingdon, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

A Changing Global Development Agenda?
Jan Aart Scholte, Fredrik Söderbaum
Forum for Development Studies, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Modes of Regional Governance in Africa
Ian Taylor, Fredrik Söderbaum
The New Politics of Regionalism. Perspectives from Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific, edited by Ulf Engel, Heidrun Zinecker, Frank Mattheis, Antje Dietze and Thomas Plötze , Abingdon, Routledge, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

The European Union as an actor in Africa: Comparing development cooperation and peace-building
Fredrik Söderbaum
Franck A. K. & Söderbaum F. (red.). EU as a global actor: A force for good in the world?, Göteborg, CERGU, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

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Rethinking Regions and Regionalism
Fredrik Söderbaum
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Journal article 2013
Journal article

The Problem of Comparison in Comparative Regionalism
Fredrik Söderbaum, Philippe De Lombaerde, Luk van Langenhove, Francis Baert
Regionalism, 4 vol set of Sage Library of International Relations, edited by Philippe De Lombaerde and Fredrik Söderbaum, London, SAGE, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Reading the Intellectual History of Regionalism
Philippe De Lombaerde, Fredrik Söderbaum
Regionalism, 4 vol set of Sage Library of International Relations, edited by Philippe De Lombaerde and Fredrik Söderbaum, London, SAGE, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

The European Union as an actor in Africa: internal coherence and external legitimacy
Fredrik Söderbaum
Maurizio Carbone (ed) The European Union in Africa. Incoherent policies, asymmetrical partnership, declining relevance?, Manchester, Manchester University Press, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

‘Building peace from the outside’: The role of the EU in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Meike Froitzheim, Fredrik Söderbaum
Arne Bigsten (ed) Globalization and Development. Rethinking Interventions and governance., London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Theorising the rise of Regionness
Björn Hettne, Fredrik Söderbaum
Regionalism, 4 vol set of Sage Library of International Relations, edited by Philippe De Lombaerde and Fredrik Söderbaum, London, SAGE, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Fredrik Söderbaum
London, SAGE, Edited book 2013
Edited book


The success of regionalism in Southern Africa
Fredrik Söderbaum
Regional Integration Observer, Magazine article 2012
Magazine article

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