PhD, Senior Lecturer
Programdirector of MSSc International and European Relations
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Department of Management and Engineering
SE-581 83 Linköping
I hold my PhD from Lund University, where I was employed at the Department of Political Science in different capacities from 1981 until 1990. I am Senior Lecturer in Linköping since 1990.
My research interests are located at the conjunction of international relations and political theory. I am currently working in two fields of study:
• the development of international norms
• foreign- and security policy and collective identity
The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation supports the project “Conceptions of the State and the Evolution of International Norms: Arbitration in the Modern State System”. The purpose of the project is to enhance understanding of the problem of international norm formation: how can ideas about appropriate and legitimate international behavior evolve into institutional and perhaps even legal arrangements? This is accomplished by analyzing the evolution of the practice of arbitration in the modern state system, from the end of the 16th century up to the interwar period. In particular during the 19th century, up until the Hague conferences, the idea of arbitration developed into a principal norm of interstate conflict resolution. This development corresponds to a progressive institutionalization, which culminated at the Hague conferences and the inauguration of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
A central contention of the project is that the development of international norms and institutions is significantly linked to prevailing ideas about the moral purpose of the state. Therefore, theories of international relations can but provide an imperfect account for the problem at hand; we need also to consider the interchange between notions of righteousness in international politics, and ideas about the sources of political legitimacy and authority in general, which is the province of political theory. The objective of the project is thus to develop theoretical knowledge in the as yet not very well cultivated borderland between international relations, international law, and political theory.
• Jansson, Per (forthcoming 2012): ”European Security in the Lisbon Order”
in Søren von Dosenrode (ed.), The European State – EU after Lisbon, Ashgate.
• Jansson, Per (2011): ”Internationella normentreprenörer – en kritik”
in Marie-Louise von Bergmann-Winberg & Elin Wihlborg (eds.), Politiskt entreprenörskap – kreativ problemlösning och förändring, Liber.
• Jansson, Per (2010): ”International Norm Entrepreneurs: A Conceptual Critique”,
Paper for the Swedish Political Science Association’s Annual meeting, Gothenburg 30 September – 2 October 2010.
Undergraduate and Master's level Courses, Spring semester 2012
• Introduction to Political Science (Political Science 1)
• Foreign Policy Analysis (Political Science 3/4)
• Internationalization in the Social Sciences (Social science in Teachers education)
• Development of International Society (Social science in Teachers education)
• European and International Security (Master’s level)
• Thesis supervision, Political Science 3/4
• Thesis supervision, Master’s level
Last updated: 2012-01-10