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Staffan I. Lindberg

Wallenberg Academy Fellow

Young Academy of Sweden, Member

Professor, Dept. of Pol. Sci., Univ. of Gothenburg, xlista@gu.se
Head, V-Dem Institute, Univ. of Gothenburg

PI, V-Dem, Varieties of Democracy, www.v-dem.net, sil@v-dem.net
Research Fellow, Quality of Government Institute, www.qog.gu.se

Snr Adviser, International Law and Policy Institute, sli@ilpi.org


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. He was assistant professor at Kent State University (2005-2006), assistant/associate professor at University of Florida (2006-2013), and has been with University of Gothenburg since 2010, full professor since 2013.


Comparative Politics, Democracy and Democratization, Africa, Political Institutions, Public Opinion, Representation, Legislatures, Members of Parliament, Corruption and Clientelism

Current Research

Lindberg's main current occupation is as Head of the V-Dem Institute at University of Gothenburg and Principal Investigator for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem). The program is supported by financially at the tune of SEK 85 million by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Wallenberg Foundation, the EC/DEVCO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs-SE, Ministry of Foreign Affairs-DK, CIDA, NORAD, the National Science Foundations of Sweden and Denmark, and University of Gothenburg, as well as University of Notre Dame.

See also the V-Dem Institute's homepage at University of Gothenburg.

He is a Wallenberg Academy Scholar, member of the Young Academy of Sweden & Professor of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Research Felow at the QoG Institute; and Senior Advisor in the International Law and Policy Institute. He serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Section of Comparative Politics and the Editor of the Newsletter for the Section on Comparative Democratization, both of the American Political Science Association.Lindberg is also and elected Board Member of IPSA’s Committee on Concepts and Methods. He has previous served as Editor and Vice-Chair of the APCG, 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.

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 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, spent two years in Ghana as parliamentary advisor, and consults on a regular basis for donors in Africa.

More information can also be found at:

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Staffan_Lindberg2/?ev=hdr_xprf

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Contact Information


Room, C305

Visiting Address:
Sprängkullsgatan 19, 41123 Gothenburg

46 (0)31-786 1226

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