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

© 1995 Sten Widmalm

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.

This is a text i wrote for The Wire about why a uniform civil code may not be the right move for India - if it is promoted by the BJP.


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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).