A wall painting in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto leads the people. I took this one in the mid 1990s when I was doing research on the Kashmir conflict.

© 1995 Sten Widmalm

Read my article in "Journal of Peace Education" about education in Jammu and Kashmir and how higher education may be the base for reconciliation. Democratic virtues and educational institutions in India – black swans in conflict-ridden Jammu and Kashmir

On Thursday, November 28th, I will hold an honorary lecture at Uppsala University on the future of democracy. The lecture and the panel debate is in Swedish. The title of the lecture is  "Vägen in i det asiatiska århundradet och demokratins framtid" (Towards the Asian Century and the future of democracy).

I also write for East Asia Forum on the decline of democracy in India

I write for East Asia Forum on the decline of democracy in India

My most recent contribution in RESPONS (in Swedish), about the US election and the High Line in New York

Kashmir in Comparative Perspective is rereleased!  Previously published by Oxford University Press and RoutledgeCurzon. Now available as e-book from Amazon! How much? The symbolic price is £3.70!

Read more about our (Sten Widmalm, Thomas Persson and Charles Parker) book on crisis management in the EU, on this LSE-blogg.

My analysis of the recent events in India where Art. 370 in the constitution was abolished and the state "Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated and downgraded to Union Territory - without consultation with the people in India controlled Kashmir. (all three in Swedish).
In Swedish television, Aktuellt, 6 August, 2019.
In Swedish newspapers, via an interview with TT, 6 August, 2019.

A comment on my research by Sofia Nerbrand, Dagens Nyheter, 7 August, 2019.

I have written two articles for the The Wire which provide an analysis of India's democratic development. 

*  Is India’s Democracy really in Decline? TheWire. India. 6 April, 2019.The Wire.

* Under Modi Govt, a Two-Pronged Attack on India's Democracy. TheWire. India. 7 April, 2019.

Appendices are available here


Civil Protection Cooperation in the European Union
How Trust and Administrative Culture Matter for Crisis Management

Authors: Widmalm, Sten, Parker, Charles F., Persson, Thomas

My comments on the the escalating conflict between India and Pakistan (in Swedish):

In Aktuellt 27/2 (30 minutes in to the program)

In Dagens Nyheter here and here 27/2.

Expressen 27/2

Aftonbladet 27/2

Fokus 27/2

GP 27/2

Parts of my analysis of what happened in Jammu and ashmir in the 1980s was recently re-published by Kashmir Life!

My analysis of the Swedish election - interview for ABC Australia, September 10, 2018. 

Also, but in Swedish, you can listen to my thoughts about he political situation in Sweden after the vote count has been completed, here in "Feeden", P3, Swedish Radio (November 14, 2018).

Lecture by Sten Widmalm on September 8, 2018 (in Swedish):

Title: Därför demokrati (Therefore democracy)
Kulturnatten i Uppsala
Where: Fyriskällan, S:t Olofsgatan 15, Uppsala

On March 26, 2018, I, and Mohammad Fazlhashemi, made presentations at this event, arranged by The Swedish Research Council and The Institute for Future Studies. Among many things, we talked about political tolerance and the limits of tolerance in a democracy (in Swedish however).

About  the current global democratic crisis and why social scientist are not completely up to date with how serious the situation is (in Swedish).
In Dagens Nyheter, 14 January 2018.



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"Issues of freedom of speech, state surveillance and social tolerance have become increasingly vexed in both developed democracies and the global south. This work is therefore a timely contribution. The extensive survey material drawn from India, Pakistan and Uganda challenges a number of accepted insights into the conditions which encourage political tolerance." Ian Talbot, University of Southampton, UK

"In Political Tolerance in the Global South: Images of India, Pakistan and Uganda, Sten Widmalm has provided much-needed and rarely available data on how people view the political “other”.’ – Omair Ahmad, The Wire

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"Given the scope of the book, Widmalm has done a brilliant job in summarizing the overall results in a concise and uncomplicated way … The book demonstrates the necessity of expanding studies in political tolerance beyond the West." – Carolin Rapp


"A broad and empirically-informed study of what shapes the foundations of a democratic society in modernising nations, Political Tolerance in the Global South will appeal to scholars of sociology and political science with interests in democracy, human rights, diversity, and tolerance. Sten Widmalm has provided much-needed and rarely available data on how people view the political ‘other.’ It is valuable thinking and rare data on a subject to anybody interested in the flourishing or diminishing of democratic values, especially in the Global South. " - Ananya Sharma



This web page belongs to Sten Widmalm, Professor in political science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University in Sweden.

I teach Comparative politics, Democratic development, Public administration, and Crisis management, and I am also the Chairman of the board for the bimonthly magazine Respons.

My research areas are: Political tolerance, democratic development, conflict studies, crisis management, decentralization, and corruption. I do my research on such topics in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Europe.

I am the author of Political Tolerance in the Global South – Images from India, Pakistan and Uganda (in press, spring 2016, London: Ashgate); Decentralisation, Corruption and Social Capital - from India to the West (Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore.: SAGE Publications, 2008); Kashmir in Comparative Perspective - Democracy and Violent Separatism in India. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).

This site is a place where you can read about my publications and follow the research projects that I am involved in.

At this place you will also see some of my photographs.

I hope you will find the site useful!


* New Book Out Now! Political Tolerance in The Global South - Images from India, Pakistan and Uganda. Publisher: Routledge.

* Essay in The Wire on why a uniform civil code may be the wrong way to go for India - if it is BJP that promotes it.

* My comments on the situation for minorities in Pakistan in particular, and South Asia in general in Aktuellt, 28 September 2016 (33 minutes in to the program).


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