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Skytte Prize Spotlight

Skytte Prize to the father of deliberative democracy, Jürgen Habermas

Read the English translation of the 2024 Skytte Prize announcement article, penned by Li Bennich-Björkman.

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Skytte Donation History

In 1622, Johan Skytte donated land and property to establish a professorship in Eloquentia et Politices (Latin for eloquence and politics) at Uppsala University. At the time, Europe was engulfed in war, with Sweden emerging as one of the major powers on the continent. Recognizing this, Johan Skytte understood that Sweden required a new class of well-educated civil servants and diplomats. These individuals needed training in the art of political negotiation and eloquence to solidify Sweden's newfound position on Europe's political map. The Skytte chair would provide this training in perpetuity.

1622: Johan Skytte donated land and property to establish a professorship in politics and eloquence at Uppsala University. 

​1979: The eleventh patron of the Johan Skytte donation,  Nils-Axel Mörner, establishes the Skytte Foundation to manage the donation.

1994: The Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science in founded by the Skytte Foundation and funded directly by the donation.

2022: The 400 anniversary of  the donation and the Johan Skytte chair is celebrated.

2024: The Johan Skytte Prize celebrates its 30th jubilee.


Skytte Prize Laureates

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Prize Committee

The prize committee selects the prize laureates based on nominations from the political science community.

Li Bennich-Björkman 

Johan Skytte Professor in Political Science and Eloquence at Uppsala University and chair of the committee

Lise Rakner

Professor, University of Bergen

Jan Teorell

Lars Johan Hierta Professor of Political Science, Stockholm University

Maurizio Ferrera

Professor, Università degli studi di Milano

Piret Ehin

Professor of Comparative Politics, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu

Kimberly Hutchings

Professor of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

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