Klas Nilsson

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


Main research

  • Political history
  • State formation
  • Public finances

Current research

My dissertation project deals with the relationship between public finance and political development in a historical perspective. Some theories of state formation suggest that taxation can be tied to the development of representative regimes while a state collecting revenue that is independent of its population can afford to be more authoritarian. In my research I explore the political significance of such ’independent sources of revenue’ in Europe’s past. For instance, I trace the impact of plunder, copper mining and crown domains on the rise and fall of absolutism in early modern Sweden.

Recent research outputs

Klas Nilsson, 2018 Apr 5, In : Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift. 120, 1, p. 61-66 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalDebate/Note/Editorial

Klas Nilsson, 2017, Lund: Lund University. 268 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)

Björn Östbring & Klas Nilsson, 2014, In : Ekonomisk Debatt. 2014, 5, p. 89-92

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

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