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Arvid LindhForskare

Om mig

Jag är forskare vid Institutet för social forskning (SOFI). Mitt övergripande forskningsområde är jämförande politisk sociologi. Min pågående forskning handlar om social klass, välfärdsstaten, politiska attityder, ekonomisk ojämlikhet, social sammanhållning och tillit. Ofta handlar det om att jämföra situationen mellan olika länder.


Jag är involverad i International Social Survey Programme (ISSP).


Finns även på  Google Scholar, ResearchGate och Twitter.


Aktuella publikationer:

2022. Bringing the market in: an expanded framework for understanding popular responses to economic inequality, Socio-Economic Review, mwac018, 1-21 (with Leslie McCall)

2021. The Missing Link: Network Influences on Class Divides in Political Attitudes. European Sociological Review, 37(5), pp. 695-712  (with Anton B Andersson and Beate Volker). Se populärvetenskaplig sammanfattning här och här.

2021. Popular Support for Public Education in Global Perspective. Paper commissioned for the 2021/2 Global Education Monitoring Report, Non-state actors in education. Document code: ED/GEMR/MRT/2021/P1/05. Paris, UNESCO. (with Jonas Edlund)

2020. Class Position and Political Opinion in Rich Democracies. Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 46, pp. 419-441 (with Leslie McCall) . Working paper-version (open acess) finns tillgänglig här. Även sammanfattad (ljud) här.

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)


I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas

  • The ISSP 2016 Role of Government Module

    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.

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  • Job Preferences in Comparative Perspective 1989-2015

    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.

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  • Political Partisanship and Welfare Service Privatization

    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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  • Class Position and Political Opinion in Rich Democracies

    2020. Arvid Lindh, Leslie McCall. Annual Review of Sociology 46


    In many high-income countries today, scholarly interest in the politics of class has coincided with growing economic inequality, rising support for nonmainstream political parties and candidates, and increasing flows of immigration. We review social science research on the views of different class segments vis-à-vis economic, political, and sociocultural issues, finding greater scholarly attention to the interdependence of economic, social, and political concerns and preferences than arguably was the case even a few years ago. Our main aim is to synthesize and critically evaluate this rapidly expanding literature, but we also provide empirical data on class differences and similarities in political opinion across 18 countries, and we pinpoint several areas of research that are in need of further empirical, methodological, and theoretical inquiry.

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  • The Missing Link

    2021. Arvid Lindh, Anton B. Andersson, Beate Volker. European Sociological Review


    Previous research provides a detailed picture of class differences in political attitudes. Less is however known about the social structures that enforce this political divide across social classes. This article contributes towards filling this gap by considering how the class profile of personal social networks influences political attitudes. We propose a general framework for incorporating an individual’s social network into class analysis of political preferences. Using Sweden as a case, we empirically evaluate our approach using a population survey with information about the respondents’ own employment situation, egocentric networks, and political attitudes in terms of redistribution and welfare chauvinism. We find that there is considerable class segregation in social networks as individuals tend to have more ties within their own and neighboring class positions.  Concerning political preferences, results show that: (a) a substantive part of the class–attitude relationship is shaped by a person’s social network; (b) the class profile of networks influences attitudes over and above one’s own class position; (c) class segregation in networks fortifies class divides in political attitudes. We thus conclude that social networks constitute a (hitherto) “missing link” in class analysis of political preferences that merits careful consideration in theoretical models of contemporary politics.

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  • Popular Support for Public Education in Global Perspective

    2021. Jonas Edlund, Arvid Lindh.


    Education is a catalyst for social and economic development for both individuals and society. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of levels of popular support for public education in a global perspective. While for long a largely neglected research topic, scholars have recently started to pay attention to public preferences concerning education policy. Previous research is however mostly restricted to highly developed economies. At present we thus do not know whether the findings and conclusions from earlier studies are applicable to countries at other stages of human and economic development, or whether attitudes perhaps are markedly different in other country contexts. In this paper, we aim to take a first step to fill this knowledge gap by exploring attitudes towards education policy in 35 countries, using data from the International Social Survey Program (ISSP). Our empirical results show that support for public education (in terms of both spending and provision) is solid in both developed and developing economies. While we find that support for public providers of education is slightly higher in developed economies, support for increased public spending on education is higher in developing economies. The overarching longitudinal trend is one of considerable stability, although there is a substantial change in attitudes over time in some countries. At the individual level, we find that political ideology is more important in structuring attitudes than demographic factors. Although both the socioeconomic and the sociocultural dimensions of political ideology are important, we find that support for public education correlates more consistently with sociocultural than socioeconomic ideology. We conclude that extending theoretical inquiry and data collection to lower-income countries is one of the most urgent tasks for future research.

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