For reasons that are a bit beyond me, my colleague Jenny Madestam from Stockholm University has been met with criticism for her appearances and comments about the selection of the new chairman of the Swedish Social Democrats. (The next links are in Swedish)
Update: Forgot Jenny’s original comments. And for the record: We sort of know each other peripherally and are Facebook contacts. And her blog is on my list of links
My own thoughts: Jenny Madestam is one of the few Swedish political scientists who have made systematic studies of political leaders and leadership so it would be obvious that journalists worth their money have her on their speed-dial when the Social Democrats select a new leader. Equally, there are limits to what you can say in a 1,5 minute clip on TV compared to the content of a doctoral thesis.
Obviously, there is a risk of over-stretching your brand – Lars Bille, my old teacher and colleague who was much in demand during the 1990s and early 2000s, reasoned that even during election campaigns he should only appear on one TV channel per day (no, really: He was that much in demand).
Jenny Madestam’s blog (in Swedish) is here.