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Anna Persson

Senior lecturer

Anna Persson
Senior lecturer
anna.persson@pol.gu.se
+46 31 786 4947

Room number: A403
Postal Address: Box 711, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 41123 Göteborg


Department of Political Science (More Information)
Box 711
405 30 Göteborg
www.pol.gu.se
stats@pol.gu.se
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Anna Persson

Presentation

Anna Persson is associate professor and senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg. She is also part of the management collegium of the Quality of Government (QoG) Institute. She holds her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Gothenburg, and has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Lund University and McGill University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the School of Economics and Management at Lund University. She has previously been a visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science at UCLA and at the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School.

Research
Persson’s primary fields of interest concern the comparative politics and comparative political economy of development and democratization. Especially, her research focuses on the relationship between formal and informal institutions, individual and collective behavior, and the willingness and capacity of political elites to provide goods that serve the broader public, as well as the factors that influence the likeliness that citizens will collectively mobilize to demand such goods. She has written extensively on corruption and anti-corruption reform, the role of political will in reform efforts, taxation as a source of accountable government, and the role of state capacity in fostering democratic governance. Currently, Persson runs two larger research projects financed by the Swedish Research Council: The Power of Ideas: New Perspectives on State Capacity and Public Goods Provision in Emerging Democracies and Messengers and Messages in the Politics of HIV/AIDS.

Persson’s research appears in, among other venues, Governance, Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Politics, and at Palgrave Macmillan and Oxford University Press. In addition to her academic research, Persson has served as an advisor and consultant to such organizations as the OECD/DAC, EBA (The Expert Group for Aid Studies), UNCDF, Sida (The Swedish Agency for Development Cooperation), ICLD (Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy), the Swedish National Audit Office, and the Swedish Mapping, Cadastral, and Land Registration Authority.

Teaching and tutoring
Persson teaches both at the undergraduate and graduate level and is also the course coordinator of two undergraduate courses: Democracy and Democratization in a Comparative Perspective (SK1214) and of part of the methods course (Metod och Uppsatssamordning, SK1313). At the graduate level, she teaches The Politics of Development in the Global South (together with Ellen Lust). She also serves as a supervisor at the undergraduate as well as graduate level.

Selected publications
Persson, Anna, Rothstein, Bo, and Teorell Jan. 2019. “Getting the Basic Nature of Systemic Corruption Right.” Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions. Early View.

Persson, Anna. Forthcoming 2019. “Bringing Politics Back In: Ethnic Diversity and Public Goods Provision Revisited.” In Grimes, Marcia et al. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Quality of Government. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Persson, Anna, and Sjöstedt, Martin. 2018. “Den svaga staten: demokrati och förvaltning i utvecklingsländer.” In Carl Dahlström (Ed.), Politik som organisation: förvaltningens grundproblem, 6th edition, Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Persson, Anna. 2017. “The Modern State: Characteristics, Capabilities, and Consequences.” In Burnell, Peter, Rakner, Lise, and Randall, Vicky (Eds.), Politics in the Developing World, 5th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Persson, Anna, and Sjöstedt, Martin. 2015. “The Political and Historical Origins of Good Government: How Social Contracts Shape Elite Behavior.” In Carl Dahlström and Lena Wängnerud (Eds.), Elites, Institutions, and the Quality of Government, Palgrave MacMillan.

Persson, Anna, and Rothstein Bo. 2015. “It’s My Money: Why Big Government May Be Good Government.” Comparative Politics 47(2): 231-249.

Persson, Anna, Rothstein, Bo, and Teorell, Jan. 2013. “Why Anti-Corruption Reforms Fail – Systemic Corruption as a Collective Action Problem.” Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions 26(3): 449-471.

Persson, Anna, and Sjöstedt, Martin. 2012. “Responsive and Responsible Leaders: A Matter of Political Will?Perspectives on Politics 10(3): 617-632.

Persson, Anna, and Sjöstedt, Martin. 2012. “State Legitimacy and the Corruptibility of Leaders.” In Bo Rothstein and Sören Holmberg (Eds.), Good Government: The Relevance of Political Science. Cheltenham, U.K.: Edwar Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Persson, Anna, Rothstein, Bo, and Teorell Jan. 2012. “Rethinking the Nature of the Grabbing Hand: The Collective Action Problem of Systemic Corruption.” In Bo Rothstein and Sören Holmberg (Eds.), Good Government: The Relevance of Political Science. Cheltenham, U.K.: Edwar Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Persson, Anna. 2008. The Institutional Sources of Statehood – Assimilation, Multiculturalism, and Taxation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Doctoral dissertation in political science, included as number 111 in the Series Göteborg Studies in Politics, edited by Bo Rothstein, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg (ISBN: 978-91-89246-36-2, ISSN: 0346-5942).

Articles and debate in newspapers and magazines
Esaiasson, Peter, Persson, Anna, and Winqvist, Johanna. 2019. "Gårdstensmodellen är ingen mirakelkur." GP Debatt, March 1st, 2019.

Persson, Anna. 2012. "Vässa åtgärder mot korruption." Sydsvenskan Opinion, Aktuella frågor, December 5th, 2012.

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2019

Gårdstensmodellen är ingen mirakelkur
Peter Esaiasson, Anna Persson, Johanna Winqvist
GP Debatt, Newspaper article 2019
Newspaper article

2018

Who Pays for Distributive Politics? Ethnic and Regional Favoritism in the Distribution of the Burden of Taxes, Fees, and Bribes in Sub-Saharan Africa
Anna Persson, Elise Tengs
The Quality of Government (QoG) Institute Annual Conference, Smögen, August 20-22, 2018., Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Den svaga staten: Demokrati och förvaltning i utvecklingsländer
Anna Persson, Martin Sjöstedt
Politik som organisation, 6th edition, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

The Historical-Institutional Sources of Statehood: Indirect versus Direct Rule at Independence and the Making of the Postcolonial (Modern) State
Anna Persson
114th American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, Boston, August 28-September 2nd, 2018 , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

2017

The Modern State: Characteristics, Capabilities, and Consequences
Anna Persson
Politics in the Developing World, Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

2016

Democratic Failure from the Bottom-Up. Distorted Fiscal Contracts and the Demand for Clientelism in Developing Democracies
Frida Boräng, Anna Persson
The 59th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association. Washington: 1-3 December , Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

2015

The Political and Historical Origins of Good Government: How Social Contracts Shape Elite Behavior
Anna Persson, Martin Sjöstedt
Elites, Institutions and the Quality of Government, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave MacMillan, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

It’s My Money: Why Big Government May Be Good Government
Bo Rothstein, Anna Persson
Comparative politics, Journal article 2015
Journal article

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