Research faculty

Johan Wennström


Some of the questions Johan Wennströms tries to answer in his research: 

  • What role does moral foundations play in political decision making?
  • Has political convergence between left and right had any significance for Swedish educational policy?
  • What is the function of cognitive styles in policy decisions? 


New research

Moral Consensus and Anti-Establishment Politics Johan Wennström

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Wennström, Johan. "Moral Consensus and Anti-Establishment Politics". Independent Review, forthcoming.

Wennström, Johan and Öner, Özge (2020). "Political Hedgehogs: The Geographical Sorting of Refugees in Sweden". Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift, 122(4): 671-685. Link.

Wennström, Johan (2020). "Marketized Education: How Regulatory Failure Undermined the Swedish School System." Journal of Education Policy, 35(5): 665-691. Link.

Henrekson, Magnus and Wennström, Johan (2019). "'Post-Truth' Schooling and the Decline of Swedish Education." Journal of Institutional Economics, 15(5): 897-914. Link.

Wennström, Johan (2018). "'A Plague on Both Your Houses': How Left and Right Undermined Moral Motivation in the Swedish School System." Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift, 120(3-4): 415-434. 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

Heller-Sahlgren, Gabriel and Wennström, Johan (2020). "The Fatal Conceit: Swedish Education after Nazism", IFN Working Paper No. 1338. 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.

Other articles in English

Wennström, Johan (2020). "Roger Scruton: Philosopher of the 'Small World'". American Compass, 25/11. Link.

Wennström, Johan (2020). "Thatcher Warned Us to Go Slow on European Integration. Too Bad We Didn't Listen." Quillette, 7/2. Link.

Wennström, Johan (2019). "The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity - A Review." Quillette, 7/10. Link.

Wennström, Johan (2019). "Europe's New Beggars." Quillette, 10/4. Link.

Wennström, Johan (2019). "The Exhaustion of Hedgehog Morality." Quillette, 27/3. Link.

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

Wennström, Johan (2015). "Shantytown Sweden." City Journal, 28/5. Link.


Wennström, Johan (2019). Interpreting Policy Convergence Between the Left and the Right: Essays on Education and Immigration. Doctoral Dissertation. Linköping Studies in Arts and Sciences No. 760. Linköping: Linköpings universitet. Link.

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

Wennström, Johan (2014). Teachers Without Freedom: When the Left and the 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


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Johan Wennström received his Ph.D. in Political Science in February 2019 from Linköping University. The title of his dissertation is Interpreting Policy Convergence Between the Left and the Right: Essays on Education and Immigration. His research focus is on the moral foundations of policymaking. He is particularly interested in education and migration policy. He has previously worked as a political adviser for the Swedish government and as an editorial writer in Svenska Dagbladet, where he is presently a regular contributor to the culture pages.




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