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  • 1. Bergström, Tomas
    et al.
    Eklund, NiklasUmeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Ett annorlunda ledarskap: Chef i politiskt styrd verksamhet2019Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Administrative reform in Sweden: administrative dualism at the crossroad2008In: Handbook of administrative reform: an international perspective / [ed] Jerri Killian and Niklas Eklund, Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2008, p. 115-136Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Att söka militärens roll i den offentliga ryska innovationsprocessen.2015Report (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Bruno S Sergi: Misinterpreting Modern Russia: Western Views of Putin and His Presidency (2009)2011In: Scando-Slavica, ISSN 0080-6765, E-ISSN 1600-082X, ISSN 1600-082X, Vol. 57, no 1, p. 119-123Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Citizens' views on governance in two Swedish city-regions2018In: Journal of Urban Affairs, ISSN 0735-2166, E-ISSN 1467-9906, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 117-129Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Starting from metropolitan governance theory, this article explores and discusses place-specific institutional preferences among Swedish citizens with regard to city-regional governance. City-regional tendencies in the Swedish political context are described and, specifically, survey data from the Umeå and Göteborg areas in Sweden are utilized in two ways. First, three ideal-typical governance categories are conceptualized drawing on empirical patterns in the survey material. Preferences for the three emergent categories Status Quo, Regionalization, and Consolidation are then tested against independent variables measuring personal resources, sense of place, mobility, political view, and city-regional context. By way of multiple regression analysis, the article concludes with a discussion about some expected and unexpected results. In the final analysis, individual preferences for the three different models of city-regional governance seem to be influenced first and foremost by level of education and sense of place and whether or not the individual resides in a municipality which belongs to the core or to the periphery of the area.

  • 6.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Cooperation in the GUAM Organization for Democratic and Economic Development 2017-2027: Four Scenarios2007Report (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Den ryska konceptuella förmågeutvecklingens vetenskapliga aspekt.: Kvalitativa förändringar i utvecklingen av den konceptuella militära förmågan i perspektiv 2020/30.2014Report (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Drivers of Regional Integration 2017-2027: Inclusive, Exclusive, and Lateral Options. Exemplified by Central Asia2007Report (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    EU om 20 år2009In: Invandrare och minoriteter. Tidskrift för forskning, politik, kultur och debatt, ISSN 1404-6857, Vol. 36, no 6, p. 14-17Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Europeiska unionen och Balkanländerna på 20 års sikt: fyra scenarier2005Report (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Governance meets demos: Metropolitan attitudes among Swedish citizens in two City Regions2010In: EURA Conference 2010: Track 2: Metropolitan Governance and the Dynamics of City Regions, 2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Mirroring an RMA?: Russian reflections on combined arms development2010Report (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Oligarchy in Transition? The Potential of Military Privatization in Early 21st Century Russia2016In: Regime Changes in 20th Century Europe: Reassessed, Anticipated and in the Making / [ed] Marja Vuorinen, Tuomas Kuronen & Aki-Mauri Huhtinen, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, 1, p. 370-397Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Polisverksamheten: en balansgång mellan politik och juridik2013In: Polisen - verksamhet och arbete / [ed] Niklas Eklund & Lena Landström, Malmö: Liber, 2013, 1:1, p. 19-40Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Polisverksamheten: en balansgång mellan politik och juridik2018In: Polisen: verksamhet och arbete / [ed] Niklas Eklund, Lena Landström, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, 2, p. 25-48Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Preface2008In: Handbook of Administrative Reform: An International Perspective, CRC Press; Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton , 2008, p. xv-xviiChapter in book (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Projects, Positions, Priorities--Metropolitan Governance in the Umeå Region2011In: XVI Nordiska statsvetarkongressen: Arbetsgruppen Urban politik i ett nordiskt sammanhang, 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Rysk operationskonst i perspektiv 2020-inriktningen, införlivandet och den konceptuella förmågeutvecklingen2012Report (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Security perspectives from Sweden2020In: Routledge Handbook of Arctic Security / [ed] Gunhild Hooghensen Gjörv, Marc Lanteigne and Horatio Sam-Aggey, Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2020, 1, p. 208-217Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this chapter, some of the core ideas underpinning Swedish security policy are described and discussed. In an effort to tease out whether or not these ideas also have an Arctic dimension, their contemporary scope and meaning in the Swedish political context is illustrated by ideas concerning geopolitical framing, agenda-setting, and military doctrine. The 2011–2013 Swedish chairmanship of the Arctic Council stands out both as a starting point and as an ideational vanguard for Swedish ideas about Arctic security. The chapter concludes that the Swedish chairmanship represented a unique opportunity to shift security perceptions, but that this did not happen. Swedish security perceptions seem to remain firmly rooted in the Baltic Sea Region. Short of outright military conflict, a domestic political sea change regarding NATO membership can be seen as the potential “game changer.”

  • 20.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Sweden and Poland Entering the EU: Comparative Patterns of Adaptive Organization and Cognition2005Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis is a comparative study of how elites in Sweden and Poland approach and make sense of EU membership. It begins with the observation that the public debates in several EU member countries are becoming increasingly politicized around a dichotomy, i.e. enthusiasm and skepticism vis-à-vis European integration. Whereas a lot of research in this field covers the characteristics of the European integration process itself, fewer studies focus upon the cognitive complexity involved in national strategic policy choices. The aim of this thesis is to explore, compare and contrast the organizational and cognitive aspects of how Sweden and Poland entered the EU and thereby to contribute to an understanding of how national policymakers in Europe believe that national and supranational integration can work together. The theoretical point of departure is Stein Rokkan’s model of political integration, which emphasizes the importance of functional and territorial political cleavages in the development of modern European nation states. The model is used to identify political actors and structures that are transnationalizing forces in Europe and to determine in what ways they form a challenge to national governments in the process of adaptation to the EU. Representing different theoretical points of intersection in the Rokkanian model, these challenges are defined as Integration, Trade and Industry, Functional Regionalism and Territorial Regionalism. The empirical analysis builds on these theoretical categories and covers three different areas. First, the ways in which adaptation to the EU was organized by the governments of Sweden (1988-1994) and Poland (1998-2004) are scrutinized. Second, documents concerning the strategic policy deliberation of both organizations are analyzed in the light of Rokkanian integration categories. Third, the results of two sets of research interviews, one in each country, are analyzed. A major conclusion drawn in the study is that Rokkanian integration theory holds the key to an understanding of how national policymakers believe that European integration can be segmented and how supranational integration in the economic sphere can evolve separately from other areas of social and political integration. Although from very different countries and political experiences, elites in Sweden and Poland show remarkable cognitive similarities. Another contribution to a cross-national understanding of adaptation to the EU is the cognitive model, which is developed on the basis of empirical study. The model expands upon and goes beyond the simple dichotomy of Enthusiasts and Skeptics in the discussion about European integration. Two new categories are introduced and defined as Voluntarists and Pragmatists. The argument is that new cognitive categories are necessary to improve the description and analysis of how national policy makers in Europe set up long-term political goals and manage complex issues in the process of European integration.

  • 21.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Sweden: federalism in the land of centrally guided regionalization2013In: Routledge handbook of regionalism and federalism / [ed] John Loughlin, John Kincaid & Wilfried Swenden, Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2013, 1, p. 318-332Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Teaching Teachers in Sweden: University Lecturers Looking at Civics for Teachers Students at Umeå University2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    The Central Asian States 2017-2027: Transition, Conflict, and Resource Potentials2007Report (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    The Swedish chairmanship: foresight and hindsight in Arctic activism2019In: Leadership for the North: the influence and impact of Arctic Council Chairs / [ed] Douglas C. Nord, Cham: Springer, 2019, 1, p. 71-88Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2011– 2013 still holds many of the keys in understanding Sweden's overall stance in Arctic affairs. When Sweden took the chair in early 2011, many Observers were skeptical of its likely impact on the region not only because the organization and its role in circumpolar economic and social development were contested at the time. There were also misgivings about Sweden's role as a "reluctant" Arctic nation. Sweden, nevertheless, contributed during its term as Chair of the Arctic Council to significant organizational revitalization and moving its Arctic agenda on soft security concerns forward. The chapter revisits the leadership goals, strategies, roles and achievements of the Swedish Chairmanship. These are then compared and contrasted with subsequent Swedish activity within the Council. The potential for a Swedish return to an active leadership role in the Arctic is then considered against the background of a changing international setting and increased policy relevance of the Arctic to Sweden.

  • 25.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Vision Impossible?: Some aspects of the current Russian debates about the military sciences2015In: Journal on Baltic Security, ISSN 2382-9222, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 71-84Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this article is to highlight the specific current military debate on interaction between military knowledge and scientific capacity in the case of Russia.

  • 26.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Who Wants In? Citizen's Attitudes toward Swedish City-Regions in the Umeå and Göteborg Areas2011In: ECPR General Conference: Section 23 Innovation and Change in Local Governance and Politics, Panel 291 Local Citizenship and Democratic Institutions in City Regions, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 27.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Elfving, Jörgen
    Russian private military companies: Redwater?2017In: Eurasian Daily Monitor, Vol. 14, no 39Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 28.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Elfving, Jörgen
    Ryska privata säkerhetsföretag – "Redwater"?2017In: Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademiens Handlingar och Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-5369, no 2, p. 133-145Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 29.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Elfving, Jörgen
    Mattsson, Peter
    Mot en "ny" rysk operationskonst och militär förmåga2013In: Arménytt, no 1, p. 23-30Article, review/survey (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 30.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Johansson, Olof
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Principal Development.
    Repa, Theodore
    Touro College New York, NY.
    School leadership in changing times: the case of Belarus2009In: Leadership and intercultural dynamics / [ed] John Collard & Anthony N. Normore, Charlotte: Information Age Publishing, 2009, p. 259-279Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Lajus, Julia
    Borovoy, Vassily
    Kalemeneva, Ekaterina
    Lajus, Dmitry
    Stogova, Daria
    Vlakhov, Andrian
    Wråkberg, Urban
    Imageries and historical change in the European Russian Arctic2019In: The politics of Arctic resources: change and continuity in the "Old North" of Northern Europe / [ed] E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Abingdon: Routledge, 2019, 1, p. 200-220Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chapter 11 widens the Nordic focus of the book with an analysis of Russian policy imageries regarding its northern areas and their change over time. The chapter highlights different roles and conceptions of the North in Russia over time, laying the foundation for comparison and contrast with the Nordic countries. The chapter also highlights the current potential for integrated understandings and an inclusion of considerations amongst actors in the Russian northern areas.

  • 32.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Landström, Lena
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.
    Effektivare för vem?: chefsuppfattningar om den nya styrningen av svensk polis2019In: Nordisk Administrativt Tidsskrift, ISSN 0029-1285, Vol. 96, no 1, p. 35-55Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 33.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Landström, Lena
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.
    Introduktion2013In: Polisen - verksamhet och arbete / [ed] Niklas Eklund & Lena Landström, Malmö: Liber, 2013, 1:1, p. 9-18Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Landström, Lena
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.
    Introduktion2018In: Polisen: verksamhet och arbete / [ed] Niklas Eklund, Lena Landström, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, 2, p. 15-24Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 35.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Landström, Lena
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.
    Polisen: perspektiv på verksamhet och arbete2018In: Polisen: verksamhet och arbete / [ed] Niklas Eklund, Lena Landström, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, 2, p. 331-336Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 36.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Landström, LenaUmeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.
    Polisen: verksamhet och arbete2013Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Landström, LenaUmeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.
    Polisen: verksamhet och arbete2018Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 38.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Larsson, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Department of Teacher Education in Swedish and Social Sciences.
    Teacher education in social science in Sweden in historical and comparative perspectives2009In: Journal of Social Science Education, ISSN 1611-9665, E-ISSN 1618-5293, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 81-93Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we will examine teacher education in social science. In the Swedish context, teacher education is part of the university system, but teacher education in social science is differently organized than social science education for other students. Teacher education in social science today is also, as a result of the deregulation at all levels of the Swedish educational system in the 1990s, locally designed and there are significant differences between universities. The aim of this paper is twofold. The first aim is to explore the roots of the current situation in the history of teacher education in social science in Sweden from the mid 1900s and into the early 2000s. The other aim is to describe and discuss comparatively how this education is organized at different Swedish universities today. The analysis revolves around questions about disciplinarity, organization and teacher education as a “trading zone” between the traditional academic disciplinary organization of social science and the conceived needs of the school subject Civics.

  • 39.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Lundmark, Kjell
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Att leda skolan, en politiskt styrd organisation2011In: Skoljuridik / [ed] Viola Boström och Kjell Lundmark, Malmö: Liber, 2011, 2, p. 37-58Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 40.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Lundmark, Kjell
    Att leda skolan, en politiskt styrd organisation2009In: Skoljuridik / [ed] Viola Boström & Kjell Lundmark, Malmö: Liber, 2009, 1, p. 37-57Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Lundmark, Kjell
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Att leda skolan, en politiskt styrd organisation2012In: Skoljuridik / [ed] Viola Boström och Kjell Lundmark, Malmö: Liber, 2012, 3, p. 39-59Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 42.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Lundmark, Kjell
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Att leda skolan, en politiskt styrd organisation2016In: Skoljuridik / [ed] Viola Boström och Kjell Lundmark, Malmö: Liber, 2016, 4, p. 39-59Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 43.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Mattsson, Peter A
    Försvarshögskolan.
    De ryska väpnade styrkorna efter femdagarskriget i Kaukasus 2008: lärdomarna, det nya tänkandet, reformerna och framtiden2012Report (Other academic)
  • 44.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Mattsson, Peter A.
    Försvarshögskolan.
    Russian Operational Art in the Fifth Period: Nordic and Arctic Applications2013In: Revista de Ciencias Militares, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 29--47Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Mattsson, Peter
    Drivenes, Knut-Olav
    Russian Operational Art in the Fifth Period: Nordic and Arctic Applications2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 46.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    van der Watt, Lize-Marié
    Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University.
    Refracting (geo)political choices in the Arctic2017In: The Polar Journal, ISSN 2154-896X, E-ISSN 2154-8978, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 86-103Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Geopolitics as a field was originally intended as a theoretical modelling of the relationship between fixed geographical circumstances and political choice. Now, the field is largely dominated by critical studies. It is almost considered axiomatic to include geopolitics as a theme in descriptive and analytical studies of the Arctic in global, regional, national and local contexts. This essay aims to review the core tenets of geopolitical thought and trace the categories and distinctions between the classical and critical approaches as applied in Arctic scholarship. It draws on highlights from the Arctic policy texts of three states demonstrating how assumptions and political options in terms of Arctic geographies can be expressed in different geopolitical frameworks. It is argued that revisiting and reviewing the core categories of geopolitics and their application in Arctic affairs can contribute to a better-informed understanding of how developments in the Arctic may unfold, as well as provide insights into the different functionalities of geopolitics.

  • 47.
    Eklund, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Wimelius, Malin E.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Globalization, europeanization, and administrative reform2008In: Handbook of Administrative Reform: An International Perspective / [ed] Eklund, N., & Killian, J, New York: CRC Press, 2008, p. 3-24Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 48. Elfving, Jörgen
    et al.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Rysk civil-militär samverkan2016In: Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademiens Handlingar och Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-5369, no 1, p. 41-51Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During the last few years the build-up of Russian military capability has attracted increased attention in the West. This attention has mainly focused on procurement and exercises, etc., but there is one aspect htat has been more or less overlooked: civilian-military cooperation. Undoubtedly, this plays a crucial role when waging war in today's modern world and an area which, during the last few years, has received more attention and experienced an extensive development i Russia. This article highlights recent developments in the area of civilian-military cooperation based on open sources and aims at giving an insight into the development of civilian-military cooperation in Russia and how it is organized and what has been accomplished. One important conclusion is that this area should be given more attention and not be overlooked when assessing Russian military capability. Another aspect is also that there might be something to learn from Russian efforts when re-establishing our own capability in this field.

  • 49.
    Ersson, Svante
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Kolam, Kerstin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Principal Development.
    Uppbyggnad, expansion och utblick: 1980-20002015In: 50 år med Statsvetenskap i Umeå / [ed] Anders Lidström och Gunnel Gustafsson, Umeå: Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Umeå universitet , 2015, p. 37-52Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 50.
    Jarstad, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Johansson, Patrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Olivius, Elisabeth
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Saati, Abrak
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Sahovic, Dzenan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Strandh, Veronica
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Söderström, Johanna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Eklund Wimelius, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Åkebo, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Three approaches to peace: a framework for describing and exploring varieties of peace2019Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    For decades, peace and conflict studies have devoted more attention to conflict than to peace, and despiteits centrality, peace itself has been under-conceptualized. In this paper, we propose a theoretical frameworkand methodologies to make peace beyond the absence of war researchable. The framework is designed to capture varieties of peace between and beyond dichotomous conceptions of positive versus negative peace, or successful versus failed peace processes. To capture the complexity of peace in its empirical diversity, our framework approaches peace in three different ways: as a situation or condition in a particular locality; as a web of relationships; and as ideas or discourses about what peace is or should be. These approaches provide different avenues for researching peace, and taken together they provide a fuller picture of what peace is, how it is manifested, experienced, and understood. We argue that this framework provides a way forward in advancing conceptual understandings and empirical analyses of peace that can facilitate systematic, comparative, qualitative analyses while at the same time accounting for the complex, multifaceted nature of peace.

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