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Staffan Ingemar Lindberg


Staffan Ingemar Lindberg
+46 31 786 1226

Room number: C305
Postal Address: Box 711, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 41123 Göteborg

Department of Political Science (More Information)
Box 711
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Staffan Ingemar Lindberg


Professor, Dept. of Pol. Sci., Univ. of Gothenburg, xlista@gu.se


Founding Director, V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg

Founding PI, V-Dem Project, Varieties of Democracy, sil@v-dem.net

Wallenberg Academy Fellow 2014-2018 + 2019-2023

ERC Consolidator Grant, 2017-20121




Staffan I. Lindberg holds a PhD (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

Editorial/Executive Boards

Member, Editorial Board
Democratization, African Journal of Democracy.

Chair, Scientific Committee, Support to Research Infrastructure, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 2019-present


Current Research

Lindberg's main current occupation is as Director of the V-Dem Institute at University of Gothenburg and one of four Principal Investigators for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem). The research infrastructure, the data collection, and the research program is supported by financially at the tune of SEK 180 million by among others Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, K&A Wallenberg Foundation, M&M 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, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and University of Gothenburg.

See also the V-Dem Institute's homepage at University of Gothenburg, and the program V-Dem website. He and his collaborators were awarded the prestigeous "Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award 2016” for best data set in comparative politics. American Political Science Association, Comparative Politics Section.

He is a Wallenberg Academy Scholar,  former member of the Young Academy of Sweden & Professor of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; holder of an ERC Consolidator Grant. He has previous served on the Board of University of Gothenburg; the exectuive of APSA's Comparative Politics Section, as Editor and Vice-Chair of the APCG, the co-PI for the research consortium “African Power and Politics” 2007-2009, and has won 40+ 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 AJPS, World Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Politics, Political Science Quarterly, World Development, Party Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, Studies in International Comparative Development, Journal of Democracy, International Political Science Review, Political Science Research and Methods, 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 he was Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. He 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:

Public Google Scholar Profile

SSRN profile with papers for download



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Carrots or Sticks?
Staffan I Lindberg, Carolien van Ham
The Future of Democracy workshop, Cambridge University, September 11-12, 2014., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Staffan I Lindberg, Michael Coppedge, John Gerring, Jan Teorell
Journal of Democracy, Journal article 2014
Journal article

Measuring Electoral Democracy with V-Dem Data
Staffan I Lindberg, Jan Teorell, Michael Coppedge, John Gerring
American Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting, Chicago, August 28-31, 2014, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

V-Dem Methodology and Data, and the Challenges of Measuring.
Staffan I Lindberg
CSSR, University of Cape Town, February 18, 2014., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Policybaserade och klientelistiska relationer till väljarna
Peter Esaiasson, Staffan I Lindberg
Svenska politiker. Om de folkvalda i riksdag, landsting och kommun, Stockholm, Santérus förlag, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

A New World: Democratization Research Mistaken over 50 Years
Staffan I Lindberg
Statistical Bureau of Sweden, Stockholm 30 September 2014., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Does Democracy Support Lead to More Democracy?
Staffan I Lindberg
Sida-arranged seminar, Bokmässan, 27 September 2014., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Varieties of Democracy: A New World?
Staffan I Lindberg
Young Academy of Sweden, 17 September 2014., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Young Swedes’ Attitudes to Democratic Institutions
Staffan I Lindberg
Folkuniversitet, Umeå 16 September 2014., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Appraising the Wider Country Context: V-Dem Online Tools to assess country context
Staffan I Lindberg
Multistakeholder Dialogue and Knowledge Sharing workshop, INSPIRED/European Partnership for Democracy, Madrid, 2-4 July 2014, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

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