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Degree Programme in Politics

Ilkka Ruostetsaari

Ilkka Ruostetsaari

Professor, D.Soc.Sc., Docent
Pinni A4080
tel. +358 (0)50 318 6031
Office hours: Mon 13–14 o'clock, thesis supervision by appointment.

Teaching and research fields

Elite study, power structures of the Finnish society, policy networks, local governance, professionalization of politics, governance of energy policy.

Current research projects

- Recruitment of Parliamentary Elites
- Transformations of the Finnish Elite Structures
- Governance of Finnish Energy Policy-Making


Citizens’ Support for Rival Modes of Political Involvement in Energy Policy-Making. The Case of Finland. International Journal of Energy Sector Management (2018).

Political Consumerism as a Means in Influencing Energy Policy and Solving Environmental Problems: The Case of Finland. International Journal of Economy, Energy and Environment 2018; 3(3), 21-31.

Stealth Democracy, Elitism, and Citizenship in Finnish Energy Policy. Energy Research & Social Science 34 (2017), 93-103.

Levels Within Elites. In: Farazmand, Ali (ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer International Publishing 2016.

Vertical and Horizontal Mobility of the Finnish Political Elite. In: Karvonen, Lauri & Paloheimo, Heikki & Raunio, Tapio (eds.), The Changing Balance of Political Power in Finland. Stockholm: Santérus Academic Press 2016, 245-278.

Elite Recruitment and Coherence of the Inner Core of Power in Finland. Changing Patterns during the Economic Crises of 1991–2011. Lanham: Lexington Books 2015.

Opening the Inner Circle of Power: Circulation in the Finnish Elites in the Context of Major Societal Changes 1991-2011. Comparative Sociology 12(2013), 255-288.

Citizens, Politicians and Experts in Finnish Energy Policy-Making. Energy & Environment Vol. 21, No. 3, 2010, 203-222.

Governance and Political Consumerism in Finnish Energy Policy-Making. Energy Policy 37 (2009), 102-110.
Changing Regulation and Governance of Finnish Energy Policy-Making: New Rules but Old Elites? Review of Policy Research, Volume 27, Number 3 (2010), 273-297.

Nordic Elites in Comparative Perspective. In: Sasaki, Masamichi (ed.), Elites: New Comparative Perspective. Leiden/Boston: Brill 2008.

Restructuring of the European Political Centre: Withering Liberal and Persisting Agrarian Party Families. In: Cotta, Maurizio & Best, Heinrich (eds.), Democratic Representation in Europe: Diversity, Change and Convergence. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007.

Nordic Elites in Comparative Perspective. Comparative Sociology 6 (2007), 158-189.

Elites and Democracy: Are they Compatible? Comparative Social Research, Vol. 23, 2007. Editors Engelstad, Fredrik & Gulbrandsen, Trygve. Oxford: Elsevier jai Press. 265-274.

Social Upheaval and Transformation of Elite Structures: The Case of Finland. Political Studies: 2006, vol. 54, 23-42. Tables 1 & 2 (.pdf)

The Anatomy of the Finnish Power Elite. Scandinavian Political Studies, Vol. 16, No 4, 1993.

Finnland: Von politischen Amateuren zur politischen Klasse. Jens Borchert (Hrsg.),

Politik als Beruf: Die politische Klasse in westlichen Demokratien (ZENS - Europa- und Nordamerikastudien 5), Opladen: Leske + Budrich. 1999.

From Political Amateur to Professional Politician and Expert Representative: Parliamentary Recruitment in Finland since 1863 in Best, Heinrich & Cotta, Maurizio eds. Parliamentary Representatives in Europe 1848-2000. Legislative Recruitment and Careers in Eleven European Countries. Oxford University Press. Oxford 2000.

Ruostetsaari, Ilkka & Mattila, Mikko (2002), 'Candidate-Centred Campaigns and their Effects in an Open List System' in Farrel, David M. & Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger eds., Do Campaigns Matter? Campaign Effects in Elections and Referendums. London: Routledge.

L´évolution des élites Finlandaises aprés la crise des années 1990. Nordiques Nr 4, Printemps 2004, 83-101.


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