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Staffan I Lindberg


Staffan I 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 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Staffan I Lindberg


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


Director, V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg

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

Wallenberg Academy Fellow 2014-2018

Young Academy of Sweden, Member 2014-2019

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, American Journal of Political Science,
Democratization, African Journal of Democracy.

Member, Scientific Committee, Support to Research Infrastructure, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Executive Editor, APSA-CD, Newsletter of the Comparative Democratization Section of the APSA.

Member, Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance Advisory Council.

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 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, as well as University of Notre Dame.

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, member of the Young Academy of Sweden & Professor of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; holder of an ERC Consolidator Grant; and member of the Board of University of Gothenburg. He has previous served on 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 numerous 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, 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:

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


Latest publications

Making Embedded Knowledge Transparent: How the V-Dem Dataset Opens New Vistas in Civil Society Research
M. Bernhard, D. J. Jung, Eitan Tzelgov, M. Coppedge, Staffan I Lindberg
Perspectives on Politics, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Women’s Rights in Democratic Transitions: A Global Sequence Analysis 1900–2012
Yi-Ting Wang, Patrik Lindenfors, Aksel Sundström, Fredrik Jansson, Pamela Paxton et al.
European Journal of Political Research, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Women’s political empowerment: A new global index, 1900-2012
Aksel Sundström, Pamela Paxton, Yi-Ting Wang, Staffan I Lindberg
World Development, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Democracy and Corruption: A Global Time-Series Analysis with V-Dem Data.
Kelly McMann, Brigitte Zimmerman, Jan Teorell, Staffan I Lindberg
Gothenburg, V-Dem Institute, Working paper 2017
Working paper

Democracy in crisis? A study of various dimensions and sources of support for democracy
Staffan I Lindberg, Cindy Lee Steenekamp
Journal of Public Affairs, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Trust in Parliament
Staffan I Lindberg, Sören Holmberg, Richard Svensson
Journal of Public Affairs, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Bort med tassarna – politisera inte forskningen
Staffan I Lindberg, Virginia Langum
Göteborgs-Posten, Newspaper article 2016
Newspaper article

I demokratins namn – tänk om ministern!
Staffan I Lindberg
Göteborgs-Posten, Newspaper article 2016
Newspaper article

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From Sticks to Carrots: Electoral Manipulation in Africa, 1986-2012
Carolien van Ham, Staffan I Lindberg
Government and Opposition, Journal article 2015
Journal article


Has democracy research been misleading for 50 years?
Staffan I Lindberg
University of Gothenburg, Vasaparken, Gothenburg, 25 September 2014, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Varieties of Democracy: To measure and understand democracy, and what does it mean for development cooperation?
Staffan I Lindberg
Sida, Stockholm, 2 June 2014., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

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

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