Hanna Bäck

Hanna Bäck

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Research

Main research or teaching areas

  1. Comparative politics
  2. Political parties and governments
  3. Political behavior and political psychology

Current research and teaching

My research focuses mainly on political parties and coalition politics in Western European parliamentary democracies, focusing on topics such as coalition formation, cabinet duration, portfolio allocation, ministerial selection, cabinet reshuffles, and policy-making in multiparty governments. I also do research on political participation and voting behavior and in my more recent research I focus on political psychology, for example, when explaining collective action and protest behavior.

I am currently leading three projects, one on the psychological determinants of protest behavior, one on the ideological cohesion of political parties, and one on the influence on cabinet ministers on social policy (see 'Projects' in the right-hand column). I am also involved in the research program STANCE - State-making and the Origins of Global Order in the Long 19th Century and Beyond.

I am one of the associate editors of the journal Political Psychology.

I teach comparative politics, political psychology and research methods.

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