Mikael Persson

I study political behavior and public opinion.


Associate Professor (Docent), Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, March 2015

PhD, Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, December 2013.

MA, Practical Philosophy, Lund University, Sweden, March 2007.

BA, Practical Philosophy, Lund University, Sweden, May 2006.

MA, Political Science, Lund University, Sweden, March 2006.

BA, Political Science, Lund University, Sweden, May 2005.


What explains unequal responsiveness? Funded by The Swedish Research Council.

Biased responsiveness in European welfare states. Funded by The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare (four year Junior Research Grant).

Responsive democracy: Longitudinal analyses on the relationship between public opinion and public policy. With Mikael Gilljam (University of Gothenburg). Funded by FORTE.

How does reforms of social science education affect young people’s civic competence? With Joakim Ekman (Södertörn University), Klas Andersson (University of Gothenburg) and Pär Zetterberg (Uppsala University). Funded by the Swedish Research Council.


Lindgren, Karl-Oskar, Sven Oskarsson and Mikael Persson. Can increased education help reduce the political opportunity gap? Revise and resubmit at American Political Science Review.

Persson, Mikael, Klas Andersson, Joakim Ekman and Pär Zetterberg. Does Deliberative Education Increase Civic Competence? Results From a Field Experiment

Lindgren, Karl-Oskar, Sven Oskarsson and Mikael Persson. Access to Education and Elite Participation: Lessons from School Openings in Sweden. Revise and resubmit at Economics of Education Review.


Healy, Andrew, Mikael Persson and Erik Snowberg. Digging into the Pocketbook: Evidence on Economic Voting from Income Registry Data Matched to a Voter Survey. American Political Science Review. 111(4): 771-785.

Esaiasson, Peter, Mikael Persson, Mikael Gilljam and Torun Lindholm. (Forthcoming). Reconsidering the Role of Procedures for Decision-Acceptance. British Journal of Political Science.

Persson, Mikael and Johan Martinsson. (Forthcoming). Patrimonial Economic Voting and Asset Value: New Evidence from Taxation Register Data. British Journal of Political Science.

Esaiasson, Peter, Mikael Gilljam & Mikael Persson. (Forthcoming). Responsiveness Beyond Policy Satisfaction – Does it Matter to Citizens? Comparative Political Studies. 50(6): 739-765.

Persson, Mikael, Karl-Oskar Lindgren and Sven Oskarsson. (2016). How does education affect adolescents’ political development? Economics of Education Review.53: 182-193.

Persson, Mikael. (2015). Classroom Climate and Political Learning: Findings from a Swedish Panel Study and Comparative Data. Political Psychology. 36(5): 587-601.

Persson, Mikael. (2015). Review Article: Education and Political Participation. British Journal of Political Science. 45(3): 689-703.

Bakker, Bert, David Hopmann and Mikael Persson. (2015). Personality Traits and Party Identification Over Time. European Journal of Political Research. 54(2): 197-215.

Persson, Mikael. (2014). Testing the Relationship Between Education and Political Participation using the 1970 British Cohort Study. Political Behavior. 36(4): 877-897.

Persson, Mikael. (2014). Does Survey Participation Increase Voter Turnout? Re-examining the Hawthorne Effect in the Swedish National Election Studies. Political Science Research and Methods. 2(2): 297-307. Supporting material available here.

Persson, Mikael. (2014). Social Network Position Mediates the Effect of Education on Active Political Party Membership. Party Politics. 20(5): 724–739.

Persson, Mikael, Anders Sundell and Richard Öhrvall. (2014). Does Election Day Weather Affect Voter Turnout? Evidence from Swedish Elections. Electoral Studies. 33: 335-342.

Persson, Mikael & Maria Solevid. (2014). Measuring Political Participation – Testing Social Desirability Bias in a Web-Survey Experiment. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. 26(1): 98-112.

Dahlberg, Stefan & Mikael Persson. (2014). Different Surveys, Different Results? A Comparison of Two Surveys on the 2009 European Parliamentary Election. West European Politics. 37(1): 204-221.

Persson, Mikael, Peter Esaiasson & Mikael Gilljam. (2013). The Effects of Direct Voting and Deliberation on Legitimacy Beliefs: An Experimental Study of Decision-Making in Small Groups. European Political Science Review. 5(3): 381-399.

Persson, Mikael. (2013). Is the Effect of Education on Voter Turnout Absolute or Relative? A Multi-level Analysis of 37 countries. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. 23(2): 111-133.

Esaiasson, Peter, Mikael Gilljam & Mikael Persson. (2012). Which Decision-Making Arrangements Generate the Strongest Legitimacy Beliefs? Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment. European Journal of Political Research. 51(6): 785-808. Online Appendix.

Persson, Mikael. (2012). Does Type of Education Affect Political Participation? Results From a Panel Survey of Swedish Adolescents. Scandinavian Political Studies. 35(3): 198-221.

Gilljam, Mikael, Mikael Persson & David Karlsson. (2012). Representatives’ Attitudes Toward Citizen Protests: The Impact of Ideology, Parliamentary Position and Experiences. Legislative Studies Quarterly. 37(2): 251-268.

Persson, Mikael. (2011). An Empirical Test of the Relative Education Model in Sweden. Political Behavior. 33(3): 455-478.


Gilljam, Mikael & Mikael Persson. (2015). Den allmänna opinionen: En introducerande handbok. Stockholm: Liber. (Introductory textbook in public opinion research).

Persson, Mikael. (2013). Does Education Cause Participation in Politics? Gothenburg: Department of political science, University of Gothenburg. (Göteborg Studies in Politics 134, PhD thesis).