Klas Nilsson

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, 2019 Dec, Department of Political Science, Lund University, p. 1-47, 47 p. (STANCE Working Paper Series; vol. 2019, no. 11).

Research output: Working paper

Klas Nilsson, 2019 Sep, p. 1-31, 31 p. (STANCE Working Paper Series; vol. 2019, no. 6).

Research output: Working paper

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

Research output: Contribution to journalDebate/Note/Editorial

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