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Jessika Wide

Jessika Wide is Associate Professor and appointed as Qualified Teacher. Her research interests deals with gender and politics; local and regional democracy; and elderly care and marketization.



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Associate professor at Department of Political Science
Samhällsvetarhuset, plan 5, Umeå universitet, A5 58 25 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå


My research interests concern (1) gender and politics, (2) elderly care and marketization, and (3) users' participation and influence. In addition, I have a general interest in municipal politics, local democracy, social representativeness and political parties.

(1) Gender and politics

I am interested in women's political representation at the municipal level in Sweden. More precisely, I am interested in the political parties' gender quotas and candidate selection for general elections, as well as female representation in municipal councils and municipal board of directors. I contributed with an expert report about social representativeness in municipal politics to the 2014 Commission on Democracy. I have also published articles on gender equality and citizens' political participation in urban regions as well as (the absent) gender perspective in the 2008 Working Committee on Constitutional Reform.

(2) Elderly care and marketization

Currently I conduct research within the research project “With the company as a model? About municipal home care services in a marketized elderly care” (with David Feltenius). After the introduction of the Act on System of Choice (LOV) in 2009, a market has developed in many municipalities with different providers of home care services: private, public and non-profit. The question is how the municipalities work with strategies to develop the public home care services in this context. The purpose of the project is to describe and explain the design, reception and implementation of strategies for public home care services within a marketized elderly care. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte).

(3) Users' participation and influence

Another research interest concerns users' participation and influence in health care and elderly care by user organizations, such as pensioners' organizations and patients' organizations. This collective participation and influence is mainly taking place within users' councils, for example pensioners' councils in municipalities. I have participated in the research project “A matter of business? The participation and influence of pensioners' organizations in the marketized elderly care” (with David Feltenius, funded by the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society). The aim of the project was to describe and explain the opportunities of the pensioners' organizations for participation and influence on issues related to a marketized elderly care in the municipalities.


Since 2016, I have been placed as a qualified teacher at Umeå University.

I am responsible for courses in public administration at the Programme for International Crisis and Conflict Management, the Programme in Health Care Administration and the Programme for Social Work. In addition, I supervise and examine student theses and examination projects in political science at all levels.

Public Management Review
Feltenius, David; Wide, Jessika
Kommunala bolag, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB 2020 : 87-110
Wide, Jessika
Journal of Civil Society, Routledge 2019, Vol. 15, (3) : 230-248
Feltenius, David; Wide, Jessika
Partier och partisystem, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB 2019 : 67-83
Wide, Jessika
Snabbtänkt: reflektioner från valet 2018 av ledande forskare, Sundsvall: DEMICOM, Mittuniversitetet 2018 : 62-62
Wide, Jessika
Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, Lund: Fahlbeckska stiftelsen 2017, Vol. 119, (3) : 521-498
Wide, Jessika
Statsvetenskapliga institutionens skriftserie, 1/2016
Wide, Jessika; Feltenius, David
Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, Fahlbeckska stiftelsen 2015, Vol. 117, (4) : 95-123
Feltenius, David; Wide, Jessika
Partier och partisystem, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB 2015 : 49-62
Wide, Jessika
Låt fler forma framtiden!: Forskarantologi : Bilaga till betänkande av 2014 års demokratiutredning - delaktighet och jämlikt inflytande, Stockholm: Wolters Kluwer 2015 : 111-162
Wide, Jessika
Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning, Universitetsforlaget 2012, Vol. 53, (3) : 317-347
Wide, Jessika
Nordisk kommunforskning: En forskningsöversikt med 113 projekt, Göteborg: Förvaltningshögskolan, Göteborgs universitet 2011 : 30-35
Wide, Jessika
Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, Lund: Fahlbeckska stiftelsen 2011, Vol. 113, (3) : 313-330
Wide, Jessika
Umeå: Umeå kommun 2008
Wide, Jessika; Hudson, Christine
Skrift från Jämställdhetsrådet vid Umeå universitet, 2008:01
Wide, Jessika