Candidate Selection and Youth Political Representation

in Scandinavia

My dissertation aims to shed light on youth political representation in Scandinavia, where youth's representation in national parliaments, as well as lower level legislative bodies, is among the highest in the world. In my work I use qualitative interviews and surveys with youth party members from 23 political parties across Denmark, Norway, and Sweden to investigate the mechanisms that promote and hinder youth's representation in legislative bodies. I pay special attention to the aged-gendered political pipeline, tracking how and why youth party members' political careers remain on-track or are interrupted.


  • Dr. Mona Lena Krook, Rutgers University

Committee Members

  • Dr. Kira Sanbonmatsu, Rutgers University

  • Dr. R. Daniel Kelemen, Rutgers University

Outside Reader

  • Dr. Aksel Sundström (University of Gothenburg)


Youth Without Representation: YPRRN Paper Workshop

Youth Political Representation Research Network paper workshop, University of Ottawa
September 12-14, 2022

Presentation of:
Re-opening the Black Box: Candidate Selection Methods & Young Candidates in Europe

American Political Science Association General Conference

Annual Conference of the American Political Science Association

September 14-18, 2022

Presentation of:
"A Disrupted Pipeline? Youth Parties and the Impact of Political Violence on Progressive Ambition"

European Conference of Politics & Gender

Annual Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Gender & Politics
July 5-8, 2022

Presentation of:
A Disrupted Pipeline? Youth Parties and the Impact of Political Violence on Progressive Ambition"

University of Gothenburg
Gender & Politics Research

Gender and Politics research workshop hosted by the Department of Political Science at Gothenburg University
February 23, 2022

Presentation of:
"Young and Exposed: Political Violence and Youth Political Ambition"