Comparative study of political cultures

Director: Professor Pasi Ihalainen

The comparative study of the history of political cultures combines a variety methodological approaches inspired by the linguistic, discursive, spatial, mobility and cultural turns that have reformed political history and the history of ideas since the 1970s. We cooperate especially with the Research Centre on Postwar Studies as well as with political science and language studies, aiming at interdisciplinary, comparative and transnational short or long-term analyses of past political discourses and cultures in Finland, Sweden, Europe and globally that proceed beyond conventional history of political thought and conceptual history. In addition to deepening understanding of the dynamics of political debate and action in national political cultures we want to reveal the relative importance of transnational interaction and cross-national transfers. The studied institutions can be churches, parliaments, parties, the press, national and international organisations etc., while also the role of individual political agency is often central in our studies.


Select publications:

Teemu Häkkinen, The Royal Prerogative Redefined: Parliamentary debate on the role of the British Parliament in large-scale military deployments, 1982-2003. Jyväskylä Studies in Humanities, vol. 224. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä 2014.

Language Policies in Finland and Sweden: Interdisciplinary and Multi-sited Comparisons, eds. Mia Halonen, Pasi Ihalainen and Taina Saarinen. Bristol: Multilingual Matters 2015.

Parliament and Parliamentarism: A Comparative History of a European Concept, eds. Pasi Ihalainen, Cornelia Ilie and Kari Palonen, European Conceptual Histories. Forthcoming, New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books 2016.


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