Political science in exceptional times: Finnish scholars responding to three crises of the 2010s

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This article focuses on Finnish political scientists’ contributions to the public debate at a time when the relationship between academia and the government was tenser than usual. More specifically, it addresses the public roles and relevance of political scientists during three salient political crises of the 2010s: the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 and the war in Donbass, the so-called European migrant crisis beginning in 2015, and the failure of major Finnish governance reform in 2019. I examine scholars’ interventions into them in a corpus of eighty articles collected from the online journal Politiikasta and use qualitative content analysis to study the polarisation of their views and the style of interventions, including scholars’ relationship with the government. I discuss the visibility and impact of political science in the context of gender and seniority of researchers, the presence of political science in the Finnish media, in general, and against other social-scientific disciplines, and with the other countries studied in this Special Issue.

Original languageEnglish
Journal European Political Science
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jul 2021
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Finland
  • Institutional reform
  • Migration
  • Political science
  • Qualitative content analysis
  • Science journalism
  • Ukraine

Field of science

  • Political science


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