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Rasmus Broms



PhD candidate since the fall of 2011. Active at the Quality of Government Institute.

Areas of interest

My fields of interest include developmental issues, institutions and governance, political sociology, and American Politics.

My dissertation project revolves around the importance of taxation for state building. From a historical perspective, previous research on the Early-Modern European state, has shown that the increasing need for tax revenue led to a professionalization of the bureaucracy, along with an increasing pressure for accountability from below. These mechanisms proved to be a decisive component in the construction of the European nation-state. My focus lies on determining whether these processes can be found in today’s developing world as well.

Teaching and tutoring

Participating in several courses at the dept. of Political Science.


Publications, working papers, etc.

Putting Up or Shutting Up: On the Individual-Lelev Relationship Between Taxpaying and Political Interest in a Developmental Context (forthcoming). Journal of Development Studies.

Governing Religion: The Long-Term Effects of Sacred Financing (2013) Journal of Institutional Economics, vol. 9, no. 4, p. 469-490. (with Bo Rothstein)
’Social Capital and Democratization, in Haynes, Jeff
(ed.). Handbook of Democratization. (2012) (with Bo Rothstein)

’Why no Democracy in the MENA‐Region? The Importance of Temple Financing and Tax Farming’ (2010) (with Bo Rothstein). conference Paper, presented at APSA, sept. 1-4, 2011, Seattle.

‘Democracy and Taxation in the Face of ‘Reverse’ Development Process’ (2012). (with Michelle D'arcy and Anna Persson) Conference paper (scheduled to be) presented at APSA, aug. 30- sept. 2, 2012, New Orleans

‘In search of the link between Taxation and Government Quality: Universal, contextually contingent, or just Europe 500 years ago?’ (2012). Conference paper presented at Social Science History Association Annual conference, nov. 1-4, 2012, Vancouver.


Contact Information


Room, B431

46 (0)31-786 6627

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