Lars Trägårdh

The Department of Civil Society and Religion

Title: Professor

Phone: +46-76 636 50 93

Mail: lars.tragardh@mchs.se

Address: Box 11189, 100 61 Stockholm
Visiting address: Erstagatan 1 N, 3 tr

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Lars Trägårdh is a historian who has lived in the US since 1970 while maintaining his personal and professional ties to Sweden. After many years as entrepreneur and businessman, he returned to academic studies in 1986. He received his Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley in 1993 after living and carrying out research for several years in both Germany and Sweden. Later he taught European history at Barnard College, Columbia University for ten years, and was affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Europe at Columbia University. In Sweden he has served as a guest professor at the University of Linköping, and also conducted a research project at Södertörn University College, which resulted in the book - Är svensken människa? Gemenskap och oberoende i det moderna Sverige (2006, pocket 2009) - co-written with Henrik Berggren.

Currently he divides his time between the US and Europe. In the US he is working on several long-term projects, including one on “litigation as politics by other means” that is focused on the intersection on law, power and politics in the US and Europe. In Sweden he is affiliated with the Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College where he works both on individual projects – one concerning on children’s rights regimes in Sweden, France, and the United States, and another on state and civil society relations – and on a major collective research project on social trust for which he serves as co-director.

He has also appeared on Swedish radio and TV and published frequently in Swedish print media, establishing a role as a public commentator on Swedish and American politics and society. Currently he writes an occasional column for the Swedish daily newspaper Sydsvenskan on the intellectual debate in the US, and also contributes to the journal Axess.

Publications in English by Lars Trägårdh include:

Trägårdh Lars (2010). Rethinking the Nordic welfare state through a neo-Hegelian theory of state and civil society. In Journal of Political Ideologies, 15: 3, 227—239.

Trägårdh, Lars (2007) (ed.). State and Civil Society in Northern Europe: The Swedish Model Reconsidered. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Trägårdh, Lars (2007). “The ‘Civil Society’ Debate in Sweden: The Welfare State Challenged” in Lars Trägårdh (editor), State and Civil Society in Northern Europe: The Swedish Model Reconsidered, London and New York: Berghahn Books.

Trägårdh, Lars (2007). “Democratic Governance and the Creation of Social Capital in Sweden: The Discreet Charm of Governmental Commissions,” in Lars
Trägårdh (editor), State and Civil Society in Northern Europe: The Swedish Model Reconsidered, London and New York: Berghahn Books.

Trägårdh, Lars and Bo Rothstein (2007). “The State and Civil Society in an Historical Perspective” in Lars Trägårdh (editor), State and Civil Society in Northern Europe: The Swedish Model Reconsidered, London and New York: Berghahn Books.

Trägårdh, Lars (2006). “Minority Rights and Local Self-government: Swedish Democratic Governance in the Age of Rights Talk” in Stockholm Studies in Democratic Theory 2, 2006.

Trägårdh, Lars (2004) (ed.). After National Democracy: Rights, Law and Power in America and the New Europe (editor), Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Trägårdh, Lars and Michael Delli Carpini (2004). “The Juridification of Politics in the United States and Europe: Historical Roots, Contemporary Debates and Future Prospects” in Lars Trägårdh (editor), After National Democracy: Rights, Law and Power in America and the New Europe, Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Trägårdh, Lars (2002). With Nina Witoszek (editors). Culture and Crisis: the Case of Germany and Sweden, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books 2002, paperback 2004.

Trägårdh, Lars (2002). “Crisis and the Politics of National Community: Germany and Sweden, 1933-2000” in Lars Trägårdh and Nina Witoszek (editors), Culture and Crisis: the Case of Germany and Sweden. London and New York: Berghahn Books (2002, paperback 2004).

Trägårdh, Lars (2001). “Welfare State Nationalism: Sweden and the Specter of ‘Europe’” in Lene Hansen and Ole Wæver (editors), European Integration and National Identity: The Challenge of the Nordic States. London and New York: Routledge.

Trägårdh, Lars (2001). “History of the Concept of the People” in The International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Oxford: Elsevier Science Limited.

Trägårdh, Lars (1997). “Statist Individualism: On the Culturality of the Nordic Welfare State,” The Cultural Construction of Norden, Bo Stråth and Øystein Sørensen (eds), Oslo: Scandinavian University Press.

Trägårdh, Lars (1996). “Nationalism, Individualism, and Capitalism: Reply to Greenfeld,” Critical Review 10, no. 3 (Summer 1996).

Trägårdh, Lars (1990). “Swedish Model or Swedish Culture?,” Critical Review, 4, no. 4, (Fall 1990).

Trägårdh, Lars (1990). “Varieties of Volkish Ideologies” in Language and the Construction of Class Identities, Bo Stråth (ed), Gothenburg: Gothenburg University Press.

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Lars Trägårdh (2022). Den moraliska stormakten invaderar folkhemmet
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Linnea Lundgren, Lars Trägårdh (2020). Det religiösa civilsamhället: en resurs eller ett hot?
Lars Trägårdh (2019). The crisis of the European Union: Opportunity or graveyard for a european civil society?
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Lars Trägårdh (2018). Democracy in the Blood: How Nationalism Enabled a Project of Radical Individual Freedom in Sweden
Lars Trägårdh (2017). Om gapet mellan abstrakt och konkret tolerans
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Lars Trägårdh (2017). On the gap between abstract and concrete tolerance
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Lars Trägårdh (2016). Akut läge för Demokraterna: trots Trumps sammanbrott
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Lars Trägårdh (2016). Civilsamhället centralt för integrationen
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Lena Hjelm-Wallén, Olof Ruin, Lars Trägårdh, Tobias Baudin, Philip Botström, Michael Sohlman, Håkan, A. Bengtsson, Mats Wingborg, Bengt Säve-Söderbergh (2016). Dags att införa en modern typ av värnplikt
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Lena Hjelm-Wallén, Olof Ruin, Lars Trägårdh, Tobias Baudin, Håkan A. Bengtsson, Jesper Bengtsson, Michael Sohlman, Göran Rosenberg, Bengt Säve-Söderbergh, Mats Wingborg (2016). Det behövs mer än värnplikt
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Lars Trägårdh (2016). EU i valet mellan fördjupning och upplösning
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Lars Trägårdh (2016). Liberalism à la Segerstedt
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Lars Trägårdh (2016). MR-idealism i konflikt med folkopinionen
Lars Trägårdh (2016). Republikanerna: USA:s nya arbetarparti?
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Lars Trägårdh (2016). Vilket pris vill vi betala?
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Lars Trägårdh (2016). Värdet av egenansvar och samhällsförändring
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Tobias Baudin, Håkan A Bengtsson, Ellinor Eriksson, Lena Hjelm-Wallén, Annelie Nordström, Olof Ruin, Michael Sohlman, Bengt Säve-Söderbergh, Lars Trägårdh (2015). ”Alla mellan 18 och 24 bör kallas till medborgartjänst”
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Lars Trägårdh (2015). Ett val mellan två modeller för Sverige
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Johan von Essen, Emilia Forssell, Magnus Karlsson, Lars Trägårdh (2015). Med kärlek till det oordnade
Johan von Essen, Magnus Karlsson, Lena Blomquist, Emilia Forssell, Lars Trägårdh (2015). Med kärlek till det oordnade
Lars Trägårdh (2014). Statist individualism: the Swedish theory of love and its Lutheran imprint
Nina Witoszek, Lars Trägårdh (2013). Afterword
Lars Trägårdh (2013). Associative democracy in the Swedish welfare state
Lars Trägårdh, Nina Witoszek, Bron Taylor (2013). Civil society in the age of monitory democracy
Lars Trägårdh, Per Selle, Lars Skov Henriksen, Hanna Hallin (2013). Civilsamhället klämt mellan stat och kapital: välfärd, mångfald, framtid
Lars Trägårdh, Susanne Wallman Lundåsen, Dag Wollebæk, Lars Svedberg (2013). Den svala svenska tilliten: Förutsättningar och utmaningar
Lars Trägårdh (2013). Herbert Tingstens sista dagar. Berättelsen om ett liv: Stridbar bejakare av moderniteten
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Lars Trägårdh, Per Selle, Lars Skov Henriksen, Hanna Hallin (2013). Inledning: civilsamhället klämt mellan stat och kapital
Lars Trägårdh, Nina Witoszek (2013). Introduction
Susanne Wallman Lundåsen, Lars Trägårdh (2013). Social Trust and Religion in Sweden: Theological Belief vs. Social Organization;
Lars Trägårdh (2013). Statsindividualismen och civilsamhället
Lars Trägårdh (2013). The historical incubators of trust in Sweden: from the rule of blood to the rule of law
Lars Trägårdh, Lars Svedberg (2013). The iron law of rights: citizenship and individual empowerment in modern Sweden
Lars Trägårdh (2013). The Unwinding: An inner history of the new America: George Packer lyssnar på de många rösternas Amerika
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Lars Trägårdh (2013). Utmaning: individens ställning i det framtida välfärdssamhället
Lars Trägårdh (2013). Wallenberg. Ett familjeimperium: Familjen som sjösatte den svenska modellen
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Lars Trägårdh (2013). Why is the "new" swedish model attractive to both left and right?
Dag Wollebaek, Susanne Wallman Lundåsen, Lars Trägårdh (2012). Three Forms of Interpersonal Trust: Evidence from Swedish Municipalities
Lars Trägårdh (2011). Rethinking the Position of Civil Society in the Nordic Social Contract: Social Trust and Radical Individualism
Lars Trägårdh (2011). The mystery of a Pippi Longstocking economy: radical individualism in the land of social trust
Lars Trägårdh, Johan Vamstad (2010). Barnet som medborgare: En analys av förutsättningarna för att skapa ett index över barns medborgerliga och politiska rättigheter
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Lars Trägårdh (2010). Commentary: Incentives and Conditions Shaping Civil Society
Lars Trägårdh (2010). Contested notions of civil society
Johan von Essen, Susanne Lundåsen, Lars Svedberg, Lars Trägårdh (2010). Det svenska civilsamhället: en introduktion
Lars Trägårdh (2010). Finanskrisen och frågan om människans natur
Lars Trägårdh (2010). Från folkrörelser till civilsamhälle: staten och samhället i det moderna Sverige
Henrik Berggren, Lars Trägårdh (2010). Pippi Longstocking: The autonomus child and the moral logic of the Swedish welfare state
Lars Trägårdh (2010). Rethinking the Nordic welfare state through a neo-Hegelian theory of state and civil society
Johan Vamstad, Lars Trägårdh (2010). Statens strukturerande makt:  om det svenska civilsamhällets ekonomiska och juridiska förutsättningar
Lars Trägårdh, Johan Vamstad (2009). Att ge eller beskattas: avdragsrätt för gåvor till ideell verksamhet i Sverige och andra länder
Lars Trägårdh (2009). Den dumme svensken och allemansrättens magi
Lars Trägårdh (2009). Tillit i det moderna Sverige: den dumme svensken och andra mysterier
Lars Trägårdh, Henrik Berggren (2009). Är svensken människa?: gemenskap och oberoende i det moderna Sverige
Lars Svedberg, Lars Trägårdh (2008). Det civila samhället, ungdomarna och välfärden
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Lars Trägårdh (2008). Det civila samhällets karriär som vetenskapligt och politiskt begrepp i Sverige
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Lars Trägårdh (2007). Democratic governance and the creation of social capital in Sweden: the discreet charm of governmental commissions
Lars Trägårdh (2007). Introduction
Lars Trägårdh (2007). State and civil society in Northern Europe: the Swedish model reconsidered
Lars Trägårdh (2007). The "civil society" debate in Sweden: the welfare state challenged
Bo Rothstein, Lars Trägårdh (2007). The state and civil society in a historical perspective: the Swedish case
Lars Svedberg, Lars Trägårdh (2007). Unga, civilsamhälle och välfärd
Lars Svedberg, Lars Trägårdh (2007). Ungdomar, civilsamhälle och välfärd
Lars Svedberg, Lars Trägårdh (2006). Det civila samhället som forskningsfält: nya avhandlingar i ett nytt sekel
Lars Trägårdh (2006). Från SSU:s folkrörelser till Timbros civilsamhälle
Lars Svedberg, Lars Trägårdh (2006). Introduktion
Lars Trägårdh (2006). Minority Rights and Local Self-government: Swedish Democratic Governance in the Age of Rights Talk
Lars Trägårdh (2004). After national democracy: rights, law and power in America and the new Europe
Lars Trägårdh (2004). Introduction
Lars Trägårdh, Michael Delli Carpini (2004). The juridification of politics in the Uniterd States and Europe: historical roots, contemporary debates and future prospects
Lars Trägårdh (2002). Crisis and the politics of National Community: Germany and Sweden, 1933-2000
Nina Witoszek, Lars Trägårdh (2002). Culture and crisis: the case of Germany and Sweden
Lars Trägårdh (2002). Sweden and the EU: welfare state nationalism and the spectre of "Europe"
Lars Trägårdh (2000). Utopin om den sociala ekonomin
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Lars Trägårdh (1999). Bemäktiga individerna: om domstolarna, lagen och de individuella rättigheterna i Sverige
Lars Trägårdh (1999). Det civila samhället som analytiskt begrepp och politisk slogan
Lars Trägårdh (1999). Patientmakt i Sverige, USA och Holland: individuella kontra sociala rättigheter

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