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Bengt Larsson


Bengt Larsson
+46 31 786 4775

Room number: F320
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg
Duties: professor

Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Bengt Larsson

BENGT LARSSON is professor in sociology and vice head of the department, with responsibilities for research and research education at SOCAV. His research interests are in the area of economic sociology/economy and society. His current research is on industrial relations in Europe and individual wage determination. He has previously conducted research on the debt relief process at the Swedish Enforcement Authority, consumption patterns of lottery winners, children’s environmental education and influence on their families’ consumption, and economic crime and regulations; particularly crime control by company auditors and media representations of economic crime and corporate scandals. Larsson is affiliated with CERGU (Centre for European Research at Göteborg University) and is a member of its board. He is also a member of the CFK-board (Centre for Consumer Science).


Researchgate-profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bengt_Larsson2 


Ongoing and recently finished research projects (for publications see tab above)

-Principal investigator (2020-2022): The workers collective and polarization: trade unions and workers representation. The project is WP5 in the program The challenges of polarization on the Swedish labour market, financed by FORTE (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare). PI: Prof. Tomas Berglund. Project Website

-Project Partner (2018-2020): EESDA – Enhancing the Effectiveness of Social Dialogue Articulation in Europe, funded by the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion). The project is led by the research institutes CEPS (Brussels) and CELSI (Bratislava). The project studies the articulation between European and national social dialogue. Project Website

-Principal investigator (2016-2020): Individual wage setting, from policy to practice – a comparative study of the meaning and application of wage criteria in different sectors, funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR). The project aims to describe the valuation and translation processes that occur in local wage setting, to identify and understand the actors' various arguments and valuations in these processes, and to explain what variations that affect the design and implementation in five different sectors. Project Website

-Project partner (2016-2018): SPEEED – Social Partner Engagement and Effectiveness in European Social Dialogue, funded by the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion). PI: Dr. Barbara Bechter, Durham University. The project aims to identify what factors that determine the effectiveness of the 43 sectoral social dialogues between employer organizations and trade unions in the EU-28, and, through an in-depth study of the health care and metal sectors, to understand what creates engagement and obstacles in the dialogues. Project Website

-Principal investigator (2014-2018): Conditions for and obstacles to trade union cooperation in Europe. A comparative study of countries and sectors, funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ]. This project is a comparative study of trade union cooperation and network-building at the sector level in Europe, aiming to explain what factors that enable or hinder cooperation.Project Website


Teaching and tutoring
Larsson has lectured on industrial relations in Europe, economic sociology, sociology of law/social control, and classical and modern social theory, and has written and edited four textbooks in Swedish. Larsson has supervised students at both undergraduate and postgraduate/doctoral levels, and is currently supervisor for the doctoral students Jane Pettersson and Jesper Prytz.

Latest publications

Ett finansekonomiskt medborgarskap?
Oskar Engdahl, Jane Pettersson, Bengt Larsson
Soneryd, L. & Sundqvist, G. (red) Vetenskapligt medborgarskap. , Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

To Get Or Not To Get A Yearly Pay Increase – And Other Peculiarities In Performance-Based Pay Raise In Sweden
Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson, Bengt Larsson, Petra Adolfsson
14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Manchester, United Kingdom, 20 – 23 August 2019, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Dimensions of worth in work. Values from markets, performances and tasks
Bengt Larsson, Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson, Petra Adolfsson
36th International Labour Process Conference, March 21-23, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Valuing work in wage policies and criteria.
Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson, Bengt Larsson, Petra Adolfsson
36th International Labour Process Conference, 21-23 March, Buenos Aires, Argentina., Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Transnational trade union co-operation networks on sectoral level in Europe
Bengt Larsson, Anton Törnberg
Industrial Relations in Europe Conference 10-12 sept, Leuven, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

European sectoral social dialogue: insight into the experiences of Germany, Italy and Sweden. So faraway, so close?
Manuela Galetto, Bengt Larsson, Sabrina Weber, Barbara Bechter, Tom Prosser
Industrial Relations in Europe Conference 10-12 sept, Leuven, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

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Union cooperation in a time of crisis? Transnational union cooperation in the Nordic countries
Bengt Larsson, Mattias Bengtsson, Kristina Lovén Seldén
Industrial Relations in Europe Conference - IREC 2010, 8–10 September 2010 at Fafo, Oslo, Norway, Conference paper 2010
Conference paper

Självreglering på opersonliga marknader – professionalisering och licensiering
Bengt Larsson, Oskar Engdahl
Sociologförbundets årsmöteskonferens 2010, Conference paper 2010
Conference paper

Bengt Larsson
Acta Sociologica, Book review 2010
Book review


“You can save the planet”—environmental representations and responsibilization in children’s books
Bengt Larsson
9th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Conference paper 2009
Conference paper

The power of money and identity in the lives of Swedish lottery winners
Bengt Larsson
Sociologförbundets årsmöteskonferens 2009, Conference paper 2009
Conference paper


Tillit och institutionaliserad misstro – professionaliseringen av företagsrevisionen i Sverige
Bengt Larsson
paper presenterat vid arbetsgruppen ”ekonomisk sociologi” vid Sveriges Sociologförbunds årsmöte/konferens 2007-02-08-2007-02-09, Lunds Universitet., Conference contribution 2007
Conference contribution

Unpacking Professional Trust – Dimensions of Trust in Swedish Auditors’ Client Relations
Bengt Larsson
Sociological Research Online, Journal article 2007
Journal article

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