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Jenny de Fine Licht


PhD in Political Science in September 2014. Now working as teacher and reseracher.

Research interests

Transparency/openness in decision-making, Legitimacy and trust, auditing.

Current research

In my dissertation I explored how transparency in political decision-making affects public acceptance of political decisions and trust in decision-makers and their institutions. My primary case was priority setting in publicly funded health care.

Since 2015, I am working in the projekt "Auditing as Governing".


de Fine Licht, J. 2014. Magic Wand or Pandora’s Box: How transparency in decision making affects public perceptions of legitimacy. Dissertation. Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg.

de Fine Licht, J. 2014. Policy Area as a Potential Moderator of Transparency Effects: An Experiment. Public Administration Review, 74(3): 361-371.

de Fine Licht, J. 2014. Transparency Actually: how transparency affects public perception of political decision-making. European Political Science Review, 6(2): 309-330.

Rosén, P., de Fine Licht, J., and Ohlsson, H. 2014. Priority setting in Swedish health care: Are the politicians ready? Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 42: 227–234.

de Fine Licht, J. 2011. Do We Really Want to Know? The Potentially Negative Effect of Transparency in Decision Making on Perceived Legitimacy. Scandinavian Political Studies, 34(3), pp.183-201.

de Fine Licht, J. 2011. Öppna prioriteringar och extern legitimitet. En experimentell undersökning om hur människor uppfattar information om prioriteringar av sjukvård. Prioriteringscentrum, 2011:5.

de Fine Licht, J., and Naurin, D. 2015. Open decision making procedures and public legitimacy. An inventory of causal mechanisms. Accepted for publication in Jon Elster (ed.) Secrecy and Publicity in votes and debates, Cambridge UP.

de Fine Licht, J., Naurin, D., Esaiasson, P., and Gilljam, M. 2014. When does transparency generate legitimacy? Experimenting on a context-bound relationship. Governance, 27: 111–134.

de Fine Licht, J., and Naurin, D. 2016. Transparency. In: Ansell, C., and Torfing, J. Handbook of Theories of Governance.


September 2014: PhD in Political Science, Department of Political Science. University of Gothenburg.

2008: Master of Political Science, Department of Political Science. University of Gothenburg.


I teach mainly at undergraduate level in Political Science.

Guest research visits

Visiting PhD student at Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, spring 2012

Visiting scholar at Melbourne School of Public Policy, spring 2016






Contact Information


Room, A408

46 (0) 31 786 4318

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