Jenny Andersson

CNRS Research Professor, seconded to the University of Uppsala

Jenny Andersson is CNRS Research Professor (section 40, Politique, pouvoir, organisation). She joined the CNRS and Sciences po in 2009 after several visiting and post-doctoral fellowships at the European University Institute, Florence, and at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. She holds a PhD in Economic History from Uppsala University (2003). Her PhD dissertation about the transformations of the Swedish social-democracy after World War Two was published in 2006 by Manchester University Press, Between Growth and Security: Swedish Social Democracy from a Strong Society to a Third Way.

Her second book, The Library and the Workshop: Social Democracy and Capitalism in an Age of Knowledge, was published in 2009 by Stanford University Press. Jenny Andersson is the Principal Investigator of the ERC project Futurepol: A political history of the future. Knowledge production and future governance in the post war period. The Futurepol project was funded with 1 300 000 euro and runs from 2012 to the end of 2017. Focused on the history of future research, prediction, futurology and futures studies in the global field, the five-person team conducted original archival research permitting important studies of the circulation and constitution of future expertise in the post war period, and the role of prediction as a source of governmentality. The project has produced several important publications, see « The great future debate and the struggle for the world » (American Historical Review, 117, 5, 2012) and Andersson and Rindzeviciute, 2015, The struggle for the long term in transnational science and politics : Forging the future (Routledge, New perspectives in history), The future of the world. Futurology, futurists and the making of the post Cold War world.

Parallell to her historical research, Jenny Andersson has upheld a research interest in the history of political economy and comparative social science, particularly around welfare state research and the transformation of European social democracy. Andersson was program chair for the Council for European Studies conference, 2015. She has held visiting fellowships at MaxPlanck Institute for the Study of Society ( MPIfG), Köln, and Nuffield College, Oxford, and is an associated researcher with the MPIfG. She was awarded the CNRS bronze medal for her research in 2015. Andersson is lead author of Chapter 21 of the International Panel on Social Progress. She is also a member of several international research projects, What does the future hold, funded by the Swedish National Research Council together with Erik Westholm, and Global foresight : Anticipatory governance and the making of geocultural scenarios (lead by Christina Garsten, SCORE, Stockholm University). Jenny Andersson is co-author, with Sandra Kemp, of the forthcoming volume Futures. Interdisciplinary perspectives on futurity, Oxford University Press.

From 2016 to 2019, Jenny Andersson co-directed the Franco German collaborative research center MaxPo : Coping with instability in advanced market societies.

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Research Topics

Political economy of social democracy ; political history of neoliberalism ; transnational history ; histories of prediction in the global field

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