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Katarzyna Jezierska


Senior lecturer

Staff member at Division of law, politics and economics.


My PhD thesis (2011) was written in the field of democratic theory and compared two contemporary thinkers, Chantal Mouffe and Jürgen Habermas. I contrasted their writings about politics and political subjectivity in an ambition to carve out a third position on radical democracy that moved beyond both Mouffe and Habermas.


In my postdoc project (The Swedish Research Council’s international postdoc 2012-2016) I studied civil society and democracy in Central Europe, trying to understand how civil society actors engage in or are drawn into formal politics.


I am currently working on two projects. One is about the intersection of diplomacy and civil society (The Swedish Research Council Project Grant, 2019-2022). Together with Ann Towns we focus on how these two actors interact and how formal foreign policy is implemented or adapted in contexts where norms collide. Empirically we study the Swedish Feminist Foreign Policy in Central Europe.

More on this project can be found at


In the second project, together with Adrienne Sörbom and Andrea Krizsan (project funded by The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies project grant, 2020-2023), we focus on policy advice in illiberal contexts, exploring what role think tanks (a special type of civil society actor) play in such countries.



I currently teach and supervise at the IPPE program. I'm responsible for the following courses: Democracy, Legitimacy and Political Institutions and The Implementation and Organization of Politics.



Democratic theory, civil society, think tanks, policy advice, illiberal democracy, diplomacy