Saturday, January 23, 2010

But Swedish Social Scientists are Right Wing

According to this new study Swedish social scientists are more likely to vote for the right wing parties than left wing parties. This is of course, in marked contrast to the situation in the US and anecdotally in Australia. The authors note though that:

"Here we have to keep in mind that an american academic to the left may, in actual views, be close to a swedish academic to the right."

However, academics who favored the right favored a less right wing party - the Liberals - than the population as a whole (Moderate Party) and those that favor the left favor a more left-wing party (Left Party) than the population (Social Democrats). Not surprisingly sociologists were left leaning and economists and business academics right-leaning.

Maybe academics are just non-conformist? Urgent research is required on Swedish bartenders :)

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