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Staffan I. Lindberg


Staffan I. Lindberg is a Ph.D. (2005) from Lund University, Sweden. His dissertation won the American Political Science Association's Juan Linz Award for best dissertation 2005.

His book, Democracy and Elections in Africa (Johns Hopkins UP, 2006) demonstrates the positive causal effect of elections on the spread of democracy. It was awarded "Outstanding Title" by Chocie in 2007. In a collaborative follow-up project, the causal role of elections in processes of both autocratization and democratization were investigated on a global scale. Lindberg is the editor of the resulting volume Democratization by Elections - A New Mode of Transition (Johns Hopkins UP, 2009). His articles on women’s representation, political clientelism, voting behavior, party and electoral systems, democratization, popular attitudes, and the Ghanaian legislature and executive-legislative relationships have appeared in for example Journal of Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Electoral Studies, Studies in International Comparative Development, Journal of Democracy, Government and Opposition, Journal of Modern African Studies, and Democratization. Lindberg has worked as election observer several times and been appraiser and reviewer of donors program in several Africa countries.

He has also done in-depth work on Ghana, and has published on political clientelism, voting behavior and party alignment, as well as the workings of the Ghanaian legislature. He was the co-PI for a consortium research program involving five other institutions from Europe and Africa called "African Power and Politics" that runs from 2007 to 2012. He taught at Lund University, then Kent State University and University of Florida where is is s Associate Professor (on leave) in the Department of Political Science and the Center for African Studies, spent two years in Ghana as parliamentary advisor, and consults on a regular basis for donors in Africa.

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He is currently Research Director for World Values Survey Sweden, Research Fellow at Quality of Government institute, and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is the vice chair of ”African Politics Conference Group”, elected member of IPSA’s Committee on Concepts and Methods, and co-PI for the new project “Measuring Democracy: A Multidimensional, Tiered, and Historical Approach”. He was the co-PI for the research consortium “African Power and Politics” 2007-2009, and has won several grants from both US and in European funders.

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