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Funding from VR to new research projects at the School of Global Studies

News: Nov 16, 2017

The following researchers will be given grants from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet):

Jens Sörensen has received funding for his project Civil Society and the Resilience of Liberalism. The project explores change and continuity in the concept and promotion of Civil Society (CS) in a ‘post-liberal internationalist world’. In particular it investigates change in international donor discourse and practice on CS and CS support following President Trump’s new policy, both bilaterally and in the U.S. policy in multilateral organisations (the World Bank and the U.N). In addition to studying change and continuity in CS support at a crucial historical conjuncture, we can for the first time study how close the assumed link between liberal internationalism and CS support really is. The project departs from analysing how the revival of CS, as policy concept and focus of support, was rooted in the liberal-internationalism emerging in the 1990s.

Johan Karlsson Schaffer has received funding for his project The Scandinavian rights revolution: Individual rights, civil society mobilization and democratic change. How has civil society legal mobilisation shaped the judicial expansion of individual legal rights in Denmark, Norway and Sweden? Previous research has documented how civil society groups increasingly mobilize law to seek protection of individual rights in many states. Scandinavia is no exception to this trend, but we lack comprehensive knowledge about the extent of civil society strategic litigation. Addressing this gap, this project studies how civil society groups in Scandinavia have mobilized law in courts to pursue their aims and how their litigation has, in turn, transformed societies.

Mona Lilja has received funding for her project A Study of Civic Resistance and its Impact on Democracy. The project aims to inquire and compare, empirically as well as theoretically, how and why different forms of 'civic resistance' have an impact on democratization. The purpose of the study is to contribute to both a methodological research model, and make the first empirically robust theoretical framework for how and why certain civic resistance strategies work under certain conditions.

Jan Aart Scholte has received funding for his project Legitimacy outside the State: Governing the Global Internet. The project examines the workings of legitimacy in private global governance, using as a case study the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Legitimacy - the belief that authority is exercised appropriately - is a key quality of functioning rule. When people regard a regulatory institution as legitimate, they have confidence and trust in its governance and are more likely to comply with its policies. Past research on legitimacy has focused mostly on the nation-state; however, today much regulation also relates to global issues and occurs through nonstate institutions.

The Swedish Research Council is a public agency under the authority of the Ministry of Education and Research. The Swedish Research Council has a leading role in developing Swedish research of the highest scientific quality, thereby contributing to the development of society.


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