Johan Skytte professor in political science at Uppsala University.

Li Bennich-Björkman

Li Bennich-Björkman is Johan Skytte Professor in political science at Uppsala University. She has published on the organization of creativity, on educational policies, integration, and political culture. A dominant theme in her present research on Eastern Europe and post-Soviet States has been how historical and cultural legacies relate to the divergent post-Communist trajectories. A particular focus has been on the three Baltic States. Within this framework, Ukraine has been included, as the Balkans (Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia). Recent research activities have concerned the impact of the European Union on elite values and political culture in Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Romania. Her latest publication in this area is a monograph published with Palgrave/Macmillan, Political Culture under Institutional Pressure: How Institutions Transform Early Socialization, (2007), dealing mainly with the Estonian Diaspora.

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Articles by Li Bennich-Björkman

  1. Presidential Elections in Ukraine: Political Unification in the Midst of Rebellion

    Clearly, even in this extraordinary election, as so often happens, the voters assessed alternatives rationally rather than emotionally. Peace and prosperity come first. Yet this election was more a test of personal confidence than of specific issues.

  2. Estonia deserves attention. The missing civil society

    Journal of Baltic Studies, March 2009, Journal of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies

  3. Estonian Elections. Stability and consensus

    2011 elections in Estonia is a distinct indication of a political development in very much the right direction. The government coalition did ´deliver´ to the voters, and in a relation of reciprocity, the voters delivered back.

  4. The Communist Past. Party Formation and Elites in the Baltic States

    Political development in the three Baltic countries has not been equal. The development of democracy and the degree of corruption depends, among other things – it is argued here – on how the resistance against the Soviet Union was organized.

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