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Anna Lührmann


Anna Lührmann
+46 31 786 1191

Room number: C306
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 Anna Lührmann


Anna Lührmann is an Assistant Professor (biträdande lektor) at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Gothenburg and the Deputy Director of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute. Prior to turning to academia, she was a Member of Parliament in the German National Parliament (Bundestag; 2002- 2009) and later worked in Sudan for two years. She received her PhD in 2015 from Humboldt University (Berlin) with a thesis on United Nation’s electoral assistance. She holds a M.A. degree in “Research Training in Social Sciences” from Humboldt University (Berlin), a M.Sc. degree in Gender and Peace Studies from Ahfad University (Sudan) and a B.A. in Political Sciences from FernUniversität Hagen (Germany). Her works has been published among others in the Journal of Democracy, Electoral Studies, Democratization and International Political Science Review.

Research interests

Autocratization/democratic backsliding, autocracy, democracy aid, United Nations, democratization and elections

Current research

Anna’s current research focuses on how and why democracy is eroding in many countries across the world. She also contributes to the Failing and Successful Sequences of Democratization- Project.

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United Nations electoral assistance: More than a fig leaf?
Anna Lührmann
International Political Science Review, Journal article 2019
Journal article


International Electoral Assistance: Between Enhancing Democratization and Legitimizing Authoritarian Rule
Anna Lührmann
Gothenburg, V-Dem Policy Brief No. 16. University of Gothenburg: Varieties of Democracy Institute., Other 2018

The V-Dem Method for Aggregating Expert-Coded Data
Laura Maxwell, Kyle L. Marquardt, Anna Lührmann
Gothenburg, V-Dem Policy Brief No. 17. University of Gothenburg: Varieties of Democracy Institute., Other 2018

Keeping the Democratic Façade: Contemporary Autocratization as a Game of Deception
Anna Lührmann, Staffan I. Lindberg
Gothenburg, V-Dem Working Paper No. 75. University of Gothenburg: Varieties of Democracy Institute. , Working paper 2018
Working paper

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