Thomas Karv

Universitetslektor|Senior Lecturer

Background

PhD in Political Science from Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa, Finland, 2019. Since February 2022 employed as an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall.

Area of interest

Political Behaviour; EU-studies; Public opinion; Elections; Democratic innovations

Research

My doctoral thesis (monograph written in English) revolved around public attitudes towards the European Union (2019) and I have since then continued to write about the EU, but mostly in relation to European parliament elections.

My current researces centres mainly around two topics which can be related to the broader research area of political behaviour: referendums and multiple-mandate holding. In relation to referendums I have done research about how local referendums affect the political climate at the local level, and more specifically on the so called "winner/loser"-effect based on the outcome of the referendum.

Multiple-mandate holding, e.g., a process in which an already elected politician gathers overlapping political mandates at more than one institutional level, is a widespread praxis among MPs across Europe. Together with my colleague Fredrik Malmberg we try to assess this phenomenon from various perspectives.

I have also done research about democratic attitudes in Eastern Europe, how political scandals involving MPs affects political trust and how the use of democratic innovations can help to improve the quality of democracy.

Teaching and tutoring

My teaching broadly relates to internationell politics, research methods in social sciences and the EU.

Publications

Articles in journals

Malmberg, F. & Karv, T. (2024). All good in the neighbourhood? : Exploring the role of local conditions for political trust and corruption perceptions within a minority context. Territory, Politics, Governance, vol. 12: 5, pp. 610-627.  

Karv, T. (2024). Om inte Thunberg, kanske Trump? : En studie om sambandet mellan samhällsskeptiska attityder och inställningen till globala politiska symboler. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, vol. 126: 1, pp. 53-88.  

Karv, T. , Backström, K. & Strandberg, K. (2023). Consultative referendums and democracy - assessing the short-term effects on political support of a referendum on a municipal merger. Local Government Studies, vol. 49: 1, pp. 151-180.  

Malmberg, F. & Karv, T. (2023). Jacks of all trades, masters of none? Multiple-mandate holding and trust in local government. Local Government Studies,  

Karv, T. & Malmberg, F. (2023). Less is more or the more the merrier? Analysing attitudes towards multiple‐mandate holding among local officeholders. Scandinavian Political Studies, vol. 46: 1-2, pp. 75-98.  

Karv, T. & Strandberg, K. (2023). Only losers use excuses? Exploring the association between the winner-loser gap and referendum attitudes following a local referendum. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties,  

Karv, T. (2022). Does the democratic performance really matter for regime support? : Evidence from the post-communist Member States of the European Union. East European Politics, vol. 38: 1, pp. 61-82.  

Karv, T. , Lindell, M. & Rapeli, L. (2022). How Context Matters : The Significance of Political Homogeneity and Language for Political Efficacy. Scandinavian Political Studies, vol. 45: 1, pp. 46-67.  

Backström, K. , Karv, T. & Strandberg, K. (2022). Kommunala folkomröstningar i Finland : En översikt av sambandet mellan folkomröstningsresultatet och kommunfullmäktiges agerande under åren 1991–2020. Politiikka, vol. 64: 1, pp. 9-31.  

Karv, T. & Strandberg, K. (2022). Lowered Expectations and Shifting Standards? – Two Survey Experiments exploring Neo‐populist Political Scandals and the Perceived Trustworthiness of Politicians. Scandinavian Political Studies, vol. 45: 2, pp. 178-201.  

Karv, T. (2022). Valet som bara kom och gick : Reflektioner kring välfärdsområdesvalet 2022. Finsk tidskrift , vol. 2, pp. 57-66.  

Strandberg, K. , Backström, K. , Berg, J. & Karv, T. (2021). Democratically Sustainable Local Development? The Outcomes of Mixed Deliberation on a Municipal Merger on Participants’ Social Trust, Political Trust, and Political Efficacy. Sustainability, : 13  

Strandberg, K. , Berg, J. , Karv, T. & Backström, K. (2021). When citizens met politicians – the process and outcomes of mixed deliberation according to participant status and gender. Innovation. The European Journal of Social Science Research, vol. 34: 5, pp. 638-655.  

Chapters in books

Blombäck, S. & Karv, T. (2023). Svensk Eu-Opinion I Tider Av Krig I Europa. In Ovisshetens tid : SOM-undersökningen 2022. Göteborgs universitet (SOM-rapport). pp. 189-202.  

Karv, T. (2023). The party leader effect in the 2023 elections. In Finland Turned Right : Voting and Public Opinion in the Parliamentary Election of 2023. Åbo : Institutet för samhällsforskning vid Åbo Akademi (samforsk). pp. 28-34.  

Karv, T. (2022). Finlandssvenska åsikter om politik och politiker?. In Svenskfinland i Pandemitider : Resultat från den finlandssvenska medborgarpanelen Barometern 2020–2022. Vasa : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi. pp. 19-25.  

Karv, T. & Backström, K. (2022). Finlandssvenskarnas syn på folkomröstningar. In Svenskfinland i Pandemitider : Resultat från den finlandssvenska medborgarpanelen Barometern 2020–2022. Vasa : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi. pp. 33-40.  

Karv, T. & Malmberg, F. (2022). Finlandssvenskarnas åsikter om politikers mandatackumulering. In Svenskfinland i Pandemitider : Resultat från den finlandssvenska medborgarpanelen Barometern 2020–2022. Vasa : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi. pp. 41-46.  

Karv, T. (2022). Framtidsutsikter och åsikter om nuvarande livssituation i Svenskfinland. In Svenskfinland i Pandemitider : Resultat från den finlandssvenska medborgarpanelen Barometern 2020–2022. Vasa : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi. pp. 111-118.  

Karv, T. (2022). Religion och andlighet i Svenskfinland. In Svenskfinland i Pandemitider : Resultat från den finlandssvenska medborgarpanelen Barometern 2020–2022. Vasa : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi. pp. 97-102.  

Karv, T. (2022). Åsikter om det svenska i Finland bland finskspråkiga finländare. In Svenskfinland i Pandemitider : Resultat från den finlandssvenska medborgarpanelen Barometern 2020–2022. Vasa : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi. pp. 83-88.  

Karv, T. (2020). Det politiska förtroendet i Ankdammen. In Vad tycker Svenskfinland? : Resultat från den finlandssvenskamedborgarpanelen Barometern 2019-2020. Vasa : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi. pp. 43-48.  

Bäck, M. & Karv, T. (2020). Mellanmänskligt förtroende och åsikter om finlandssvenskar och det svenska språkets ställning i Finland. In Ur majoritetens perspektiv : Förklaringar till finskspråkiga finländares åsikter om svenskan i Finland. Helsingfors : Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland). pp. 66-82.  

Karv, T. , Lindell, M. & Rapeli, L. (2020). Politisk inkludering bland finlandssvenskar. In Vad tycker Svenskfinland? : Resultat från den finlandssvenskamedborgarpanelen Barometern 2019-2020. Vasa : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi. pp. 71-78.  

Karv, T. (2019). Party switching between the Parliamentary- and the EP elections. In Voting and Public Opinionin Finland : THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION OF 2019. Vasa : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi. pp. 51-57.  

Karv, T. & Bäck, M. (2019). Whom do Finns trust? : In-group and out-group trust in Finland. In Voting and Public Opinionin Finland : THE 2019 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION IN FINLAND. Vasa/Åbo : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi. pp. 45-50.  

Collections (editor)

Karv, T. (ed.) & Backström, J. (ed.) (2022). Svenskfinland i Pandemitider : Resultat från den finlandssvenska medborgarpanelen Barometern 2020–2022. Vasa : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi  

Doctoral theses

Karv, T. (2019). Public Attitudes Towards the European Union : A study explaining the variations in public support towards the European Union within and between countries over time. Dis. Vasa : Åbo Akademi, 2019  

Reports

Karv, T. & Backström, J. (2022). KULTURKONSUMTION, SPRÅKRELATIONER OCH INSTÄLLNING TILL DET SVENSKA I FINLAND UNDER PANDEMITIDER. Vasa : Samforsk, Åbo Akademi  

Karv, T. & Backström, K. (2021). Följderna av en folkomröstning : Lärdomar från Korsholm. Vasa :  

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