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Peter Söderlund

Short bio

  • Adjunct Professor (Docent) of Political Science at Åbo Akademi University
  • Academy Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Institute (Samforsk)
  • Principal investigator of the research project "Personalization of electoral competition: long-term institutional effects on party-voter linkages and party systems", financed by the Academy of Finland (2014–2019)
  • Part of the Consortium of Trust Research (CONTRE) which brings together political scientists from Åbo Akademi University and University of Tampere to examine pathways to political trust, financed by the Academy of Finland (2015–2019)
  • Part of the research project Health and Political Engagement at University of Helsinki, financed by the Academy of Finland (2014–2018)
  • Board member of the Nordic Political Science Association (2008–2017)
  • Research interests: voting behaviour (candidate-centred voting, electoral volatility and political participation) and political support (political trust and satisfaction with democracy)

Contact information

Åbo Akademi University
Peter Söderlund
Samforsk (B4)
P.O. Box 311
Strandgatan 2
65101 Vasa
Finland

Phone: +358 6 3247 251
E-mail: peter.soderlund[at]abo.fi

Publications

Articles in refereed scientific journals

Söderlund, Peter (2017) Långsiktiga och kortsiktiga faktorers effekter på partisympatier i 2015 års finländska riksdagsval. Politiikka. 59:1, 19–32.

Wass, Hanna, Mikko Mattila, Lauri Rapeli and Peter Söderlund (forthcoming) Voting While Ailing? The Effect of Voter Facilitation Instruments on Health-related Differences in Turnout. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. Early view.

Söderlund, Peter (2017) Candidate-Centred Electoral Systems and Voter Turnout. West European Politics. 40:3, 516–533. Link.

Kestilä-Kekkonen, Elina and Peter Söderlund (2017) Is It All about the Economy? Government Fractionalization, Economic Performance and Satisfaction with Democracy across Europe, 2002–13. Government and Opposition 52:1, 100–130.

Söderlund, Peter (2016) Candidate-Centred Electoral Systems and Change in Incumbent Vote Share: A Cross-National and Longitudinal Analysis. European Journal of Political Research 55:2, 321–339.

Kestilä-Kekkonen, Elina and Peter Söderlund (2016) Political Trust and Institutional Performance: Evidence from Finland 2004–13. Scandinavian Political Studies 39:2, 138–160.

Söderlund, Peter and Lauri Rapeli (2015) In Sickness and in Health – Personal Health and Political Participation in the Nordic Countries. Politics and the Life Sciences 34:1, 28–43.

Söderlund, Peter and Elina Kestilä-Kekkonen (2014) Economic Voting in Finland Before and After an Economic Crisis. Acta Politica 49:4, 395–412.

Kestilä-Kekkonen, Elina and Peter Söderlund (2014) Party, Leader or Candidate? Dissecting the Right-Wing Populist Vote in Finland. European Political Science Review 6:4, 641–662.

Mattila, Mikko, Peter Söderlund, Hanna Wass and Lauri Rapeli (2013) Healthy Voting: The Effect of Self-reported Health on Turnout in 30 Countries. Electoral Studies 32:4, 886–891.

Söderlund, Peter, Hanna Wass and Andrè Blais (2011) The Impact of Motivational and Contextual Factors on Turnout in First- and Second-Order Elections. Electoral Studies 30:4, 689–699.

Mattila, Mikko, Hanna Wass, Peter Söderlund, Sami Fredriksson, Päivi Fadjukoff and Katja Kokko (2011) Personality and Turnout: Results from the Finnish Longitudinal Study. Scandinavian Political Studies 34:4, 287–306.

Söderlund, Peter, Hanna Wass and Bernard Grofman (2011) The Effect of Institutional and Party System Factors on Turnout in Finnish Parliamentary Elections, 1962–2007: A District-Level Analysis. Homo Oeconomicus 28:1/2, 91–109

Söderlund, Peter and Elina Kestilä-Kekkonen (2009) Dark Side of Party Identification? An Empirical Study of Political Trust among Radical-Right Wing Voters. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 19:2, 159–181.

Kestilä-Kekkonen, Elina and Peter Söderlund (2009) Rejoinder: Response to Arzheimer and Carter. European Journal of Political Research 48:3, 359–366.

Söderlund, Peter (2008) Partisystemets utveckling på Åland. Politiikka 50:2, 128–138.

Söderlund, Peter (2008) Retrospective Voting and Electoral Volatility: A Nordic Perspective. Scandinavian Political Studies 31:2, 217–240.

Kestilä, Elina and Peter Söderlund (2007) Subnational Political Opportunity Structures and the Success of the Radical Right: Evidence from the March 2004 Regional Elections in France. European Journal of Political Research 46:6, 773–796.

Kestilä, Elina and Peter Söderlund (2007) Local Determinants of the Radical Right-Wing Vote: The Electoral Fortunes of the Norwegian Progress Party. West European Politics 30:3, 549–572.

Söderlund, Peter (2005) Electoral Success and Federal-Level Influence of Russian Regional Executives. Europe-Asia Studies 57:4, 521–541.

Söderlund, Peter (2005) The Russian Subnational Executives as Institutional Veto Players. Regional and Federal Studies 15:1, 41–57.

Söderlund, Peter (2004) Elitkontinuitet i Rysslands regioner. Nordisk Østforum 18:4, 447–458.

Söderlund, Peter (2003) The Significance of Structural Power Resources in the Russian Bilateral Treaty Process 1994–1998. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 36:3, 311–324.

Söderlund, Peter (2002) Den bilaterala avtalsprocessen i Ryssland 1994–1998: En förklaring till regionernas turordning. Politiikka 44:3, 222–237.

Articles in conference proceedings

Söderlund, Peter (2005) Electoral Fortunes of Incumbent Chief Executives in Russian Regions, 2001–2004. In Kimmo Elo and Katja Ruutu (Eds.), Russia and the CIS – Janus-Faced Democracies, Aleksanteri Papers 2:2005. Helsinki: Kikimora Publications.

Monographs

Söderlund, Peter (2006) The Dynamics of Federalism in Russia: A Study of Formal and Informal Power Resources of the Regional Chief Executives in Russian Centre-Region Relations. Åbo: Åbo Akademis förlag.

Söderlund, Peter (2003) Determinants of Centre-Region Relations in the Russian Federation. Pro Facultate Nr. 7. Samhällsvetenskapliga Institutionen, Åbo Akademi.

Other scientific publications

Söderlund, Peter (2016) Kannastaan epävarmat ja liikkuvat äänestäjät. In Kimmo Grönlund and Hanna Wass (Eds.), Poliittisen osallistumisen eriytyminen: Eduskuntavaalitutkimus 2015, pp. 343–356. Helsinki: Oikeusministeriö.

Bäck, Maria, Elina Kestilä-Kekkonen and Peter Söderlund (2016) Suomalaisten poliittinen luottamus ja siihen vaikuttavat tekijät. In Kimmo Grönlund and Hanna Wass (Eds.), Poliittisen osallistumisen eriytyminen: Eduskuntavaalitutkimus 2015, pp. 379–397. Helsinki: Oikeusministeriö.

Söderlund, Peter (2016) Book review: The Governors’ Last Stand: Federal Bargaining in Russia’s Transition to Appointed Regional Heads, 2005–2009, Helge Blakkisrud. Nordisk Østforum 30:2, 146–147.

Kestilä-Kekkonen, Elina and Peter Söderlund (2014) Total Faith is Blind Faith? – Political Trust, Satisfaction with Policy Outputs and System Responsiveness in Finland 2002–2013. In Tapio Raunio and Hannu Nurmi (Eds.), The Serious Game of Politics: Festschrift for Matti Wiberg, pp. 51–67. Helsinki: Finnish Political Science Association.

Wass, Hanna, Peter Söderlund and Lauri Rapeli (2012) Äänestäneiden ja äänestämättä jättäneiden mielipideyhteneväisyys ja poliittinen edustus. In Sami Borg (Ed.), Muutosvaalit 2011, pp. 116–125. Helsinki: Ministry of Justice.

Söderlund, Peter and Anders Eriksson (2011) Mellan två hötappar: väljarvånda i valet 2007. In Kimmo Grönlund (Ed.), Språk och politisk mobilisering: Finlandssvenskar i publikdemokrati, pp. 135–161. Helsingfors: Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland.

Söderlund, Peter (2008) Medieexponering och medieförtroende. In Kjell Herberts (Ed.), Opinioner och trender i Svenskfinland, pp. 83–102. Vasa: Samforsk.

Söderlund, Peter (2007) Book review: Rethinking Russian Federalism: The Politics of Intergovernmental Relations and Federal Reforms at the Turn of the Millenium, Johnny Rodin. Nordisk Østforum 21:2, 242–244.

Söderlund, Peter (2006) Book review: The Transitions of Local Administration Culture in Russia, Anna-Liisa Heusala. Nordisk Østforum 20:1, 104–106.