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Erik Amnå

Title: Professor Emeritus School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


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About Erik Amnå

The Vice-Chancellor´s Senior Advisor

Erik Amnå, PhD (Uppsala), Professor in Political Science, is involved in three major research projects:

POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION AND HUMAN AGENCY, funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, 2009--2016



Erik Amnå works within the research group The Center for Studies on civic engagement (CIVIC) which is a part of the research research environment Youth & Society (YeS) 

He is a member of:

In 2016 he was awarded the large gold medal for civic virtues by The Royal Society Pro Patria

The 2017 Ivan Bolin memorial lecturer by Folkuniversitetet

International Advisor at ”Socialización Politica y Education para la Ciudadania: El rol de la Familia y la Escuela”, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile 2018-2022.

Research Projects

Research Teams



Articles in journals |  Articles, reviews/surveys |  Books |  Chapters in books |  Collections (editor) |  Conference papers |  Conference proceedings (editor) |  Other |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Tzankova, I. , Prati, G. , Eckstein, K. , Noack, P. , Amnå, E. , Frosso, M. , Petr, M. & Cicognani, E. (2020). Adolescents’ Patterns of Citizenship Orientations and Correlated Contextual Variables: Results From a Two-Wave Study in Five European Countries. Youth & society.
Wanders, F. H. K. , Dijkstra, A. B. , Maslowski, R. , van der Veen, I. & Amnå, E. (2020). The Role of Teachers, Parents, and Friends in Developing Adolescents´ Societal Interest. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research.
Dahl, V. , Amnå, E. , Banaji, S. , Landberg, M. , Šerek, J. , Ribeiro, N. , Bellman, M. , Pavlopoulus, V. & et al. (2018). Apathy or Alienation?: Political passivity among youths across eight European Union Countries. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 15 (3), 284-301.
Banaij, S. , Mejias, S. , Kouts, R. , Piedade, F. , Pavlopoulos, V. , Tzankova, I. , Mackova, A. & Amnå, E. (2018). Citizenship's tangled web: Associations, gaps and tensions in formulations of European youth active citizenship across disciplines. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 15 (3), 250-269.
Russo, S. & Amnå, E. (2016). The personality divide: do personality traits differentially predict online political engagement?. Social science computer review, 34 (3), 259-277.
Russo, S. & Amnå, E. (2016). When political talk translates into political action: The role of personality traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 100, 126-130.
Amnå, E. & Ekman, J. (2014). Standby citizens: diverse faces of political passivity. European Political Science Review, 6 (2), 261-281.

Articles, reviews/surveys

Amnå, E. , Ekström, M. & Stattin, H. (2016). Så kan ungas intresse för politik väckas: eller släckas.
Amnå, E. (2015). När medborgaren står standby. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 117 (1), 36-38.
Amnå, E. , Ekström, M. , Kerr, M. & Stattin, H. (2009). Political socialization and human agency: The development of civic engagement from adolescence to adulthood. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 111 (1), 27-40.


Amnå, E. , Ekström, M. & Stattin, H. (2016). Ungdomars politiska utveckling: Slutrapport från ett forskningsprogram. Stockholm: Makadam Förlag (RJ:s skrftserie 12).

Chapters in books

Amnå, E. (2019). In School - and After. In: Dagmar Strohmeier and Harriet R. Tenenbaum, Young Peoples' Visions and Worries for the Future of Europe: Findings from the Europe 2038 Project. Abingdon: Routledge.
Abdelzadeh, A. , Amnå, E. & Lundberg, E. (2016). En arena för tillit och tolerans?. In: Föreningen, jaget och laget: 7 perspektiv påmidrotrens  demokratiska effekter (pp. 27-46). Stockholm: Centrum för idrottsforskning.
Amnå, E. (2016). Tidlösa dygder. In: Erik Amnå, För det allmänna bästa: Kungl. Sällskapet Pro Patria 1766-2016. Ett kungligt sällskap mellan stat och marknad under 250 år (pp. 11-32). Stockholm: Bokförlaget Atlantis.
Kim, Y. & Amnå, E. (2015). Civic engagement among migrant youths in Sweden: do parental norms or immigration generation matter?. In: M. Barrett & B. Zani, Political and civic engagement: multidisciplinary perspectives (pp. 248-267). London: Routledge.
Kim, Y. & Amnå, E. (2015). Internet use and political engagement in youth. In: Coleman, J. and Freelon, D., Handbook of digital politics. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Amnå, E. & Ekman, J. (2015). Standby citizens: understanding non-participation in contemporary democracies. In: Barrett, M. & Zani, B., Political and civic engagement: multidisciplinary perspectives (pp. 96-108). London: Routledge.
Lundberg, E. , Amnå, E. , Brundin, P. & Bozzini, E. (2011). European civil societies and the promotion of integration, Leading practices from Sweden, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Italy. In: Boje, P. Thomas, Potucek Martin, Social Rights, Active Citizenship and Governance in the European Union. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG.
Amnå, E. & Zetterberg, P. (2010). A political science perspective on socialization research: young Nordic citizens in a comparative light. In: Sherrod, Lonnie, Torney-Purta, Judith, Flanagan, Constance, Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement in Youth (pp. 43-66). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.
Amnå, E. (2010). Active, passive, or stand-by citizens?: Latent and manifest political participation. In: Erik Amnå, New forms of citizen participation: Normative implications (pp. 191-203). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG.
Amnå, E. & Brundin, P. (2010). Balancing hopes and fears. In: Erik Amnå, New forms of citizen participation: normative implications (pp. 7-14). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG.
Amnå, E. (2010). Scandinavian democracies learning diversity: From socialisation between lutherans to training of imams. In: Karin Sporre, Jan Malmberg, Values, religions and education in changing societies (pp. 9-22). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
Fridolfsson, C. , Elander, I. , Granberg, M. & Amnå, E. (2009). FBOs and social exclusion in Sweden. In: Danielle Dierckx, Jan Vranken, Wendy Kerstens, Faith-based organisations and social exclusion in European cities: national context reports (pp. 161-196). Leuven: Acco.
Amnå, E. (2007). Associational life, youth, and political capital formation in Sweden: historical legacies and contemporary trends. In: Lars Trägårdh, State and civil society in Northern Europe: the Swedish model reconsidered (pp. 165-204). New York: Berghahn books.

Collections (editor)

Amnå, E. (ed.) (2010). New forms of citizen participation: normative implications (1ed.). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (European Civil Society 3).

Conference papers

Cicognani, E. , Albanesi, C. , Mazzoni, D. & Amnå, E. (2018). Modelling and testing the processes of construction of youth active EU citizenship in school: Recommendations from the CATCHEyoU intervention. Paper presented at Catch-EyoU final Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 6-7 September, 2018.
Shehata, A. & Amnå, E. (2016). Adolescents’ Development of Political Interest: A Communication Mediation Approach Using Five Waves of Panel Data. Paper presented at 66th Annual International Communication Association Conference (ICA 2016), Communicating With Power, Fukuoka, Japan, June 9–13, 2016.
Fitzgerald, J. , Amnå, E. & Abdelzadeh, A. (2016). Network discord and political engagement: Dynamic patterns among teens. Paper presented at American Political Science Association Annual Conference (APSA 2016), Philadelphia, PA, USA, September 1-4, 2016.
Abdelzadeh, A. , Amnå, E. & Fitzgerald, J. (2016). The popularization of unpopular ideas: Discord among friends and intolerance toward immigrants in Sweden. Paper presented at American Political Science Association Annual Conference (APSA 2016), Philadelphia, PA, USA, September 1-4, 2016.

Conference proceedings (editor)


Amnå, E. & Landehag, A. (2017). Vill partierna ta emot samhällsengagerade unga?. Malmö: Sydsvenska dagbladets aktiebolag.(Sydsvenskan)
Amnå, E. , Ekström, M. & Stattin, H. (2016). Our kids.


Amnå, E. , Helander, A. & Settergren, B. (2019). När tilliten prövas: En studie av Studieförbundet Inn Rushds samhällsbidrag. Stockholm: Folkbildningsrådet.
Amnå, E. , Ekström, M. , Kerr, M. & Stattin, H. (2015). Codebook: The Political Socialization Program (2015-01-26). Örebro: Örebro University: Youth & Society.
Amnå, E. (2012). Active, passive and standby citizens. Oslo: European Wergeland Centre.