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Nicklas Håkansson

Senior lecturer

Nicklas Håkansson
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 4944

Postal Address: Box 710, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Seminariegatan 1B , 41313 Göteborg

Journalism Media and Communication (More Information)
Box 710
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4950
Visiting Address: Seminariegatan 1 B , 413 13 Göteborg

About Nicklas Håkansson

Nicklas Håkansson is an associate professor in Media and Communication at JMG, and holds a PhD in political science from University of Gothenburg (2000).


  • Assiciate Professor, Media and Communication Studies, Göteborg University (current)
  • Senior lecturer, Political Science, Halmstad University 2003-2011
  • Senior lecturer, Media and Communication Studies, University West 2001-2003
  • Lecturer, Media and Communication Studies, University West 2001-2003
  • PhD Candidate, Dept of Political Science, University of Gothenburg 1996-1999
  • Guest researcher: Dept. of Politics and Economics, Nottingham Trent University 1997-1998; Institute for Social Research, Oslo 2002.

Research Areas

My research areas are to be found in the field of political communication; in particular political rhetoric/language and propaganda, and political journalism (its output as well as its preconditions and governing ideas). This strand of research is situated in the intersection of political science perspectives on democracy and the public sphere on the one hand, and perspectives on journalism and media change derived from media studies on the other.

Keywords: Political communication, political journalism, political rhetoric and propaganda, election campaigns

Current Research Projects

The mediatization of political accountability – media frames of environmental and industrial crises during four decades (with Bengt Johansson, Monika Djerf-Pierre and Mats Ekström). Financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

A century of election posters
(Ridderstads Stiftelse). Participants: Bengt Johansson & Orla Vigsø, JMG, University of Gothenburg.

Previous Research Projects

Political Communication Cultures in Western Europe
Intitiated within the Eurocores framework of the European Science Foundation (ESF). Head of project: Professor Dr Barbara Pfetsch, Freie Universität Berlin. The Swedish study is financially supported by the Swedish Research Council. Principal researcher: Nicklas Håkansson. www.communication-cultures.de

If Elected I Pledge…: Studies on Parties’ Election Pledges
(Swedish Research Council 2008-11). Participants: professor Henrik Oscarsson, (Head of project), University of Gothenburg; Elin Naurin, PhD, University of Gothenburg.


Media and Communication Studies:

  • Bachelor programme + courses: political communication, public sphere, opinion analysis, media & elections

Programme coordinator for the International Masters Programme in Political Communication (POLCOM)

  • Political Communication 30 credits, Citizens, Politicians and the Media, 15 credits

Supervision of bachelor + masters theses in Media and Communicatino + Journalism

Supervision of PhD theses in Journalism, Media and Communication

Previous teaching: (University of Gothenburg, Halmstad University, University West): Research methods, Political Communication, Democratization, Theses supervision/examination (political science, social studies, media studies)


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Latest publications

Swedish Election Debates. A Long Tradition Adapting to New Times
Nicklas Håkansson, Bengt Johansson
Routledge International Handbook on Electoral Debates by Julio Juárez-Gámiz, Christina Holtz-Bacha, Alan Schroeder , London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Bengt Johansson, Nicklas Håkansson
2019 European elections campaign. Images, topics, media in the 28 Member States (E. Novelli & B Johansson (eds.) , Bryssel, Directorate-General for Communication (European Parliament) , University Roma Tre , Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Nyheter i public service och kommersiella etermedier: en jämförelse
Nicklas Håkansson
Handbok i journalistikforskning. Andra reviderade upplagan, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Ojämställda bilder: Kvinnor och män på svenska valaffischer
Nicklas Håkansson, Bengt Johansson, Orla Vigsø
Holgersson, U & Wängnerud, L (red, 2018) Rösträttens århundrade : kampen, utvecklingen och framtiden för demokratin i Sverige, Makadam förlag, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

En kampanjkanalernas dinosaurie?
Nicklas Håkansson
Snabbtänkt - reflektioner från valet 2018 av ledande forskare, Sundsvall, Mittuniversitetet, DEMICOM, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

From Propaganda to Image Building: Four Phases of Swedish Election Poster History
Nicklas Håkansson, Bengt Johansson, Orla Vigsø
Holtz-Bacha C. & Johansson B. (eds.). Election Posters Around the Globe, Cham, Springer , Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Filmer, affischer och en massa pengar – partiernas valreklam 2014
Nicklas Håkansson, Bengt Johansson, Orla Vigsø
Johansson B. & Truedsson (red.). När makten står på spel: Journalistik i valrörelser , Stockholm, Institutet för mediestudier, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

The Mediatization of Political Accountability: Politics, the News Media Logic and Industrial Crises in the 1980s and 2000s
Monika Djerf-Pierre, Mats Ekström, Nicklas Håkansson, Bengt Johansson
Making Sense of Mediatized Politics. Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives, Routledge, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

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Media logics and changes in news reporting
Patrick Donges, Nicklas Håkansson, Günther Lengauer
Pfetsch, B. (ed.). Political Communication Cultures in Western Europe: Attitudes of Political Actors and Journalists in Nine Countries. , Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

From propaganda to image building: Four phases of Swedish election poster history.
Nicklas Håkansson, Bengt Johansson, Orla Vigsø
XVII Nordic Political Science Congress (NOPSA), Göteborg 12-15.08.2014., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Democratic demands on the media
Nicklas Håkansson, Eva Mayerhöffer
Political Communication Cultures in Western Europe: Attitudes of Political Actors and Journalists in Nine Countries. Barbara Pfetsch (ed.), Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book


Enter the professionals: Shifting logics of election broadcasts in Sweden
Peter Esaiasson, Nicklas Håkansson
Djerf-Pierre M. & Ekström M. (eds.). A History of Swedish Broadcasting, Göteborg, Nordicom, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Changing party strategies in election campaigns? An investigation of 4000 election promises during 20 years in Sweden
Nicklas Håkansson, Elin Naurin
Midwestern Political Science Association’s Meeting, Chicago. Panel 26-9 Party Behavior and Electoral Systems, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution


Who is the citizen? A century of voter appeals in Swedish election posters in light of changing voting behaviour and political communication.
Nicklas Håkansson
ECREA 4th European Communication Conference, Political Communication section, Istanbul, 24-27.10.2012, Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution


News Media in the Pledge Chain: Mediated election Pledges in Sweden.
Nicklas Håkansson, Elin Naurin
Paper prepared for the XVI Nordic Political Science Congress (NOPSA), Conference contribution 2011
Conference contribution


Great expectations: Elites' democratic demands on the media
Nicklas Håkansson, Eva Mayerhöffer
Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Singapore, Conference contribution 2010
Conference contribution

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