Arvid Lindh


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Works at Swedish institute for social research
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Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 F
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Postal address Institutet för social forskning 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I'm a Researcher at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI). Earned my PhD from Umeå University in 2014 and have since then also done time as Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University. My main research interests are in comparative political sociology. Much of my ongoing research is about incorporating views about the market into country-comparative research on public policy, redistribution, and economic inequality. I also have a longstanding interest in the study of class and politics.

Recent publications:

2019. The ISSP Role of Government Module. Content, Coverage and History. International Journal of Sociology. 49(2), pp. 99-109. (with Jonas Edlund)

2018. Political partisanship and welfare service privatization: Ideological attitudes among local politicians in Sweden. Scandinavian Political Studies, 41(1), pp. 75-97. (with Ingemar Johansson Sevä)

2018. Job preferences in comparative perspective 1989-2015. International Journal of Sociology. 48(2), pp. 142-69. (with Ingrid Esser)

2015. The democratic class struggle revisited: The welfare state, social cohesion and political conflict. Acta Sociologica, 58(4), pp. 311-328. (with Jonas Edlund)

2015. Public Opinion against Markets? Attitudes towards Market Distribution of Social Services - A comparison of 17 countries. Social Policy & Administration, 49(7), pp. 887-910.

2015. Public Support for Corporate Social Responsiblity in the Welfare State: Evidence from Sweden. Scandinavian Political Studies, 38 (1), pp. 75-94.

2014. Attitudes towards the Market and the Welfare State. Dissertation. Umeå: Umeå University.

2013. Institutional trust and welfare state support: on the role of trust in market institutions. Journal of Public Policy, 33(3), pp. 295-317. (with Jonas Edlund)


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2019. Kenneth Nelson, Arvid Lindh. Sociologisk forskning 56 (1), 79-80
  • 2019. Jonas Edlund, Arvid Lindh. International Journal of Sociology 49 (2), 99-109

    The Role of Government (ROG) module of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) is a unique high-quality data source for comparative research on political attitudes and orientations. This article describes the content, coverage, and history of the ISSP 2016 ROG module, which was fielded in 35 countries. The module has been fielded five times since its inception in 1985, and a majority of the items in the 2016 module are replicated from previous waves to facilitate comparisons over time. In addition, a substantial number of new items are included to cover pertinent issues not previously addressed by the ISSP. Topics include (but are not restricted to) civil liberties; national security and challenges; state intervention in the economy; government taxation, spending, redistribution, and responsibilities; political trust and efficacy; corruption and institutional trust; and government responsiveness. This new wave of the module gauges political opinion at a moment in history characterized by substantial political turmoil and change in many countries. At the same time, this fifth wave strengthens the analytical capacity of the module for charting longitudinal developments both within and across countries. Overall, this makes the ISSP ROG module an attractive platform for asking new questions that can further the mutual development of theory and empirical analysis in comparative research.

  • 2018. Ingrid Esser, Arvid Lindh. International Journal of Sociology 48 (2), 142-169

    This article aims to provide a comparative assessment of work values across countries as well as over time. Differences and similarities in job preferences for eight central value dimensions are examined across nineteen countries between 1989 and 2015, made possible by four survey rounds from the International Social Survey, Work Orientation modules. Analyses of how extrinsic and intrinsic work values are related to individual and contextual factors are guided by contrasting theoretical approaches—modernization theory and a welfare-state institutional perspective. Four main results are reported. First, secure and interesting jobs are the most preferred job qualities, universally important to nearly all employees throughout all survey years. Second, values are markedly stable over time, but vary more across countries. Third, large majorities simultaneously value work autonomy, high income, advancement opportunities, jobs perceived as useful to society or helpful to others, indicating how individuals generally, are both intrinsically and extrinsically oriented toward work, with some gendered differences. Fourth partly in support of welfare-state institutional expectations, work values differ across countries mostly in relation to economic equality rather than economic development, so that both extrinsic and intrinsic work values are more important in more unequal societies.

  • 2018. Arvid Lindh, Ingemar Johansson Sevä. Scandinavian Political Studies 41 (1), 75-97

    This article ties in with a growing international literature examining the link between party politics and welfare service privatization in modern welfare states. In recent decades, a central aspect of policy change in Sweden is that private actors have come to produce publicly financed welfare services on a more regular basis. This overall privatization trend is furthermore characterized by substantial geographical variation across Sweden’s 290 municipalities.The ideological attitudes of local politicians have been recognized as particularly important for understanding this development. This article examines the extent to which local politicians’ ideological attitudes regarding welfare service privatization are best explained with a partisan approach emphasizing between-party polarization as opposed to a critical perspective thatpoints to the proclaimed significance of ideological consensus between left and right parties incertain municipal contexts. Using multilevel modelling and survey data collected from elected politicians in municipal governments, the empirical findings show substantial differences in attitudes between Conservatives and Social Democrats, irrespective of municipal characteristics– most notably the degree of welfare service privatization. Hence, the results strongly indicate that the partisan approach is much more fruitful compared to the consensus approach as a general explanation for local politicians’ attitudes towards welfare service privatization inSweden. Accordingly, a conclusion is that comparisons at the subnational level within countries are important as a complement to country-comparative studies when attempting to understand the link between political partisanship and welfare service privatization in modern welfare states.

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Last updated: September 6, 2019

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