Graduate students and Research assistants

Johan Wennström

Ph.D. Student

Research interests: The New Public Management (NPM) and public service professions, education policy.

New research

‘A Plague on Both Your Houses’: How Left and Right Undermined Moral Motivation in the Swedish School System Johan Wennström

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Wennström, Johan (2018). "'A Plague on Both Your Houses': How Left and Right Undermined Moral Motivation in the Swedish School System". Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift, forthcoming.

Wennström, Johan (2016). "A Left/Right Convergence on the New Public Management. The Unintended Power of Diverse Ideas". Critical Review, 29(3-4): 380-403. Link to IFN Working Paper No. 1087, 2015.


Wennström, Johan (2017). Market, State, and Morality: Two Studies of How Left and Right Undermined Moral Motivation in the Swedish School System. Licentiate thesis. Faculty of Arts and Sciences Thesis No. 122. Linköping: Linköpings universitet. Link.

Wennström, Johan (2014). Teachers Without Freedom: When Left and Right Kidnapped the Teaching Profession [Lärare utan frihet: när vänstern och högern kidnappade lärarprofessionen]. Stockholm: Samhällsförlaget.

Wennström, Johan (2012). The Felicity of Virtue [Dygdens glädje]. Stockholm: Atlantis.

Johan Wennström


Ph: +46 8 665 4581; +46 700 89 5865


Johan Wennström has a Ph.Lic. in Political Science from Linköping University. He is Bachelor of Social Science (major in Political Science) from Uppsala University and has a Master in social science from Linköping University, Sweden. He was previously a leader writer for the Stockholm daily Svenska Dagbladet and a political adviser in the Swedish government. In 2012, he published his first book The Felicity of Virtue, on virtues and positive psychology. 


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Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2017. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 15, 2016, in Stockholm.

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