Graduate students and Research assistants

Johan Wennström

Ph.D. Student

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. Link.

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.

Working papers

Henrekson, Magnus and Wennström, Johan (2018). "'Post-Truth' Schooling and the Decline of Swedish Education," IFN Working Paper No. 1228. Link.

Wennström, Johan (2017). "Anarchy, State, and Utopia: Timothy Snyder's Interpretive Framework for the Holocaust Applied to Norway Under the Nazi Occupation, 1940-45," IFN Working Paper No. 1151. Link.

Wennström, Johan (2016). "Marketized Education: How Regulatory Failure Undermined the Swedish School System," IFN Working Paper No. 1143. Link.

Other articles in English

Henrekson, Magnus and Wennström, Johan (2018). "'Post-Truth' and the Decline of Swedish Education." Quillette, 18/9. Link.


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. Link.

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

IFN Pod radio

The former Swedish Government launched Etableringsreformen, stipulating that refugees be placed in municipalities where there are job opportunities. Özge Öner and Johan Wennström have analyzed where new arrivals are placed and find that it is in municipalities with a declining population and high unemployment – in other words where the conditions for job growth is weak. These findings and more are discussed in this podcast (24 juni 2015). 

In addition, read about the research in Ekonomisk Debatt 4/2015.


Johan Wennström


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


Johan Wennström holds a Ph.Lic. in Political Science from Linköping University. He is a Bachelor of Social Science (major in Political Science) graduate from Uppsala University and holds a Master of 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. He is currently a culture page contributor in Svenska Dagbladet.


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