Professor, Founder and former CEOEmployees
Karlson's research in keywords: arbetsmarknadsmodeller, dygder, EU, kompetensfrågor, konstitutionell ekonomi., marknad och civilsamhälle, Politisk förändring, rättvisa, samspelet politik, statskonst
Nils Karlson founded Ratio in 2002 and was its CEO for nearly twenty years. Between 2018 and 2021, he was also an adjunct professor of political science at Linköping University, and from 2021 to 2023, a visiting fellow at Stanford University, Hoover Institution.
His research focuses on the interplay between markets, civil society, and politics in Western democracies and welfare states. He has published around 30 academic books and a large number of articles and reports on topics including the labor market and wage formation, political change and liberal reforms, education and skills development, growth and market processes, virtues, constitutional questions, the EU, and the future of healthcare.
Currently, he is researching populism and civil servant activism. He also has extensive experience as an advisor in business and politics, as a lecturer, and as a writer in the media.