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QoG lunch seminars

The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government, broadly defined as trustworthy, reliable, impartial, uncorrupted and competent government institutions. The seminars address the theoretical and empirical problem of how political institutions of high quality can be created and maintained as well as the effects of Quality of Government on a number of policy areas, such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.

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Previous lunch seminars


Jan Teorell, Professor of Political Science at the University of Stockholm and Per Andersson, Postdoc, at the University of Stockholm: "It’s the state, stupid! Explaining democratic erosion in the 21st century"

Sarah Brierley, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science: "Cross-Party Anti-Corruption Platforms and Voter Attitudes"

Saverio Di Giorno, Visiting researcher at QoG and PhD student (Economics, Statistics and Sustainability) at the University of Naples Parthenope: "That strange ‘feeling’ between Grand Corruption and market efficiency. The case of Italy"

Pedro Magalhães, Researcher elections, public opinion and constitutional politics at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) of the University of Lisbon: "Social Classes and the Political Status Quo"

Peter Van der Windt, Associate professor of political science at New York University – Abu Dhabi: "Recruiting and Incentivizing Community Service Providers: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone" (co-hosted with GLD)

Sergejus Muravjovas, PhD student in Management and Economics at the University of Management and Economics in Vilnius, Lithuania, and a Visiting Scholar at Penn Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: "Can Seeing Beautiful Nature Decrease Cheating?"

Gustav Agneman, Postdoc, Department of Political Science at the University of Lund and winner of QoG Best Paper Award: "The Uneven Reach of the State: A Novel Approach to Mapping Local State Presence"

Florian Hollenbach, Associate Professor in Business & Politics at Copenhagen Business School: "Fiscal Capacity, Distributional Consequences, and Preferences over Taxation."

Christopher A. Cooper, Phd, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa: “At the Pleasure of the Crown: The politics of bureaucratic appointments.”

Jennifer L. Selin, J.D., Ph.D. Co-Director, Washington Office Carl Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy: “How Free is Information? Government Transparency in the American States.”

John Nye, Professor of Economics, George Manson University: “When Don’t Institutions Matter?: The Universal Link Between Education and Market Liberal Values”

Daniel Brieba, Fellow in Public Policy and Political Science at LSE // Profesor en Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez: "Bureaucratic Selection, Merit, and the Price of Political Loyalty."

Mattias vom Hau, Associate Professor, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI): The Information Capacity of States, Ethnic Diversity, and Social Development.”

Jørgen Møller, Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University: Social Science History: Principles and Procedures for Processing Historical Evidence.”


Carina Gunnarson, Associate Professor and researcher at the Institute for Future Studies and at Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI): ”Den sårbara staten. Observationer från Södertälje.”

Giulia Andrighetto, senior researcher at Mälardalen University, and at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the National Research Council of Italy in Rome: “Norm change and cooperation under collective risk in a long-term experiment”.

Brian Palmer-Rubin, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Marquette University: “Evading the Patronage Trap: Interest Representation in Mexico”.

Oriol Sabaté Domingo, Beatriu de Pinós Fellow, Universitat de Barcelona: “Investing in Fiscal Capacity: Legislative Debates, Military Pressures and Taxation in the United Kingdom (1803-1945)”, co-authored with Agustín Goenaga.

Marko Klašnja, Assistant Professor at the School of Foreign Service and Government Department, Georgetown University: “Anti-Corruption, Partisan Bias, and the Public Opinion Constraints on Democratic Good Governance.”

Sofia Vera, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Kansas: “How do citizens evaluate bureaucratic corruption?

Eric Chang, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Michigan State University:Democratization and Political Corruption in East Asian Democracies”.

M. Jae Moon, Underwood Distinguished Professor and Director, Department of Public Policy and Management and Institute for Future Government, Yonsei University: “Reshaping Public Governance in the Post Pandemic Era: Policy Challenges and Institutional Responses in the Pandemic”


Manoel Gehrke, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bocconi University: "Political Survival, Legislative Oversight and Enrichment after Anti-Corruption Audits"

Emanuel Wittberg, PhD candidate, Institute for Analytical Sociology and the Centre for Municipality studies, Linköping University: "Public procurement manipulation and firm performance. Evidence from Sweden"                      

Karin Hilmer Pedersen, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University: "When corruption hits the judiciary…"

Amy Basu, Doctoral Student, Political Science, Yale University: "Bad Politicians, Good Bureaucrats: Modelling Public Sector Corruption and Bureaucratic Reliability"

Antti Räihä, Associate Professor and Postdoctoral researcher, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä: "District court judges in Old Finland: Empirical observations of bad governance practices, ca. 1740–1780"

Nils Köbis, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Humans and Machines, Max Planck Institute for Human Development: "Bribing across borders: a large-scale international experiment in 21 countries"

Guillermo Toral, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University: "The benefits of patronage: How political appointments can enhance bureaucratic accountability and effectiveness"

Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University: "Naming Policies: The effects of politicians labeling government benefits with their names"

Nelson A. Ruiz, Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford: "When do Campaign Contributions Persist? Theory and Evidence of Sustained Political Giving"

Claes Sandgren, Professor Emeritus, Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law, Stockholm University: “Swedish political scientists and corruption - a critique.”

Albana Shehaj, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University: "Backsliding in a Landslide: How EU's Fiscal Distributions Empower Corrupt Governments"

Jóhannes Stefánsson, whistleblower and winner of the WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award 2021: “What can research learn from a whistleblower?”

Pablo Fernández-Vázquez, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences Carlos III at the University of Madrid: “Does Electing Women Reduce Corruption? The Impact of Legislative Gender Quotas in Spain”

Felix Haass, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo: "The Effect of Wartime Legacies on Electoral Mobilization after Civil War"

Hyeon-Suk Lyu, Senior research fellow, Center for Public Safety and Integration at Korea Institute of Public Administration: "A Study on Civil Service Capacity Development Reflecting the Quality of Government in New Southern Countries"

Guillem Amatller, predoctoral research fellow, IBEI and UPF, Barcelona: "State sponsored technology, population density and the role of Bourgeoisie"

Edoardo Teso, Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University: ”Ideology and Performance in Public Organizations”


Claudio Radaelli, Professor, UCL School of Public Policy; Claire Dunlop, Professor, University of Exeter; Jonathan Kamkhaji, Doctor, University of Exeter; Gaia Taffoni, Research fellow UCL School of Public Policy: “Procedural Tools for Effective Governance (PROTEGO)”

Ignacio Sanchez, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Carlos III-Juan March Institute of Social Sciences at Carlos III University of Madrid: "Early and Late Democratizers"

Andreea Nastase, Assistant Professor in European Public Policy Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University: "An ethics for the lobbying profession? The role of private associations in defining and codifying behavioural standards for lobbyists in the EU".

Andi Hoxhaj, Ph.D., School of Law, University of Warwick: "The EU Anti-Corruption Policy".

Sergo Praca, Professor and researcher, the CPDOC School of Social Sciences (FGV-RJ): "Bureaucrats, politicians and fiscal gimmicks in Brazil".

Andrea Vaccaro, Ph.D. Student at the Department of Social Sciences and Economics, Sapienza University of Rome: "Comparing Cross-National Measures of State Capacity: Similarities, Divergencies, and Shortcomings"

Tanushree Goyal, PhD candidate, Nuffield College, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, UK: “How women mobilize women into politics: A natural experiment in India”

Nico Ravanilla, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy: “Social Accountability in a Patronage Democracy: A Field Experiment on Members of Congress in the Philippines”

Alexander Libman, Professor of Social Sciences and Eastern European Studies at the Institute of Sociology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich: “The Real Costs of Plagiarism: Russian Governors, Plagiarized PhD Theses and Infrastructural Development in Russian Regions”

Sara Engler, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Zurich: “Politicizing corruption within and beyond the populist divide”

David Andersen, Assistant Professor and Jonathan Doucette, Research Assistant, PhD Student, Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences: “State First? A Disaggregation and Empirical Interrogation”

Hye Young You, Assistant Professor, Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University: ”Bureaucratic Revolving Doors and Interest GroupParticipation in Policymaking”

Bilyana Petrova, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, City University of New York: "Redistribution, Democratic Accountability, and the Quality of Government: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe"

Sarah Brierley, Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Government, The London School of Economics and Political Science: “Manipulating Leviathan: Public Service Delivery, Corruption, and Bureaucratic Co-optation in Ghana”

Susanne Wengle, Associate Professor of Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame: “The New Plenty; Why are some post-Soviet farms thriving?”

Davide Luca, Research Associate, University of Cambridge and Paola Proietti, PhD student, School of Advanced Studies, Gran Sasso Science Institute: “Hosting to skim. Organized Crime and the Reception of Asylum Seekers in Italy”              


Ward Berenschot: “How Clientelism Varies: Toward the Comparative Study of Patronage Democracies”
KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

Natalia Alvarado: “Launch of QoG Datasets 2019”
QoG Database supervisor

Guo Xu: “Social Proximity and Bureaucrat Performance: Evidence from India”
Assistant Professor, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Ferenc Szucs: “Discretion and Corruption in Public Procurement”
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Stockholm University

Stratos Patrikios: "The Governance of Public Non-Governmental Institutions: Written Rules of the Eastern Orthodox Churches"
Senior Lecturer, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde

Matthew Stephenson: “Corruption as a Self-Reinforcing Trap: Implications for Reform Strategy”
Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Sergio Praca: "How Bureaucrats Survive: State Capacity and Political Appointments in Bolsonaro’s Brazil"
Professor, da Escola de Ciências Sociais do CPDOC (FGV-RJ)

Eric M. Uslaner: “National Identity and Political Polarization”
Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

Benito Arruñada: “Experience versus Perception in Evaluating the Rule of Law”
Professor, Department of Economics and Business, Pompeu Fabra University

Pavithra Suryanarayan: “Social-Status and Redistributive Politics”
Assistant professor, International Political Economy, John Hopkins University


Saad Gulzar & Benjamin Pasquale (winners of QoG Best Paper Awards): "Do Electoral Quotas Make Government Programs Work Better, and For Whom? Evidence from India", Department of Political Science, Stanford University

Joan-Josep Vallbé: “Judges Without Attributes? The Political Economy of Detention of Deportable Non-Citizens”
Professor, Department of Political Science, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law, University of Barcelona

Felix Haas
Research Fellow, GIGA Institute of African Affairs, Hamburg

Claudia Avellaneda: “Political Hawks vs Devoted Bureaucrats. The Impact of Governor's Career Path on Gubernatorial Performance”
Associate Professor, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Cornelia Woll: “Sanctioning Capitalists - Protecting Capitalism: State Control from White Collar Crime to Financial Sanctions”
Professor, Science Po, Paris

Anders Woller Nielsen: “Talk of the Home Town - The Russian State Duma as a Channel for Local, Distributive Preferences”
PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

Elena Costas: “Historical and contemporary determinants of electoral turnout in Spain”
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Economics Department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Sofia Vera: “Conditional Corruption Costs: Accepting The Inevitable Or Resisting It Quietly?”
PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Tore Wig: “Mining and Local Corruption in Africa”
Senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO, and affiliated researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo

Paola Annoni: “Fine-tuning the measurement of Quality of Government in the EU through Rasch modelling”
Chief Statistician at European Commission, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, Policy Development and Economic Analysis Unit

Gabriella Montinola: “Women's Empowerment and Foreign Aid Effectiveness”
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UC Davis

Sergi Pardos-Prado: "Corruption and preferences for decentralization"
Official Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Merton College, University of Oxford

James Perry: “Transforming Public Organizations: Potential Contributions from Public Service Motivation Research”
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Stefan Svallfors: “Politics for hire: policy professionals in the age of neo-liberalization”
Professor, School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University

Jason Sharman: "Studying Transnational Corruption through Global Field Experiments"
Professor of International Relations, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

Pedro J. Camões: “The Spacial Analysis of Political Connections: an Empirical Study of Public Procurement at Municipal Level”
Assistant Professor and Vice President of the School of Economics and Management, University of Minho

Anastasia Piliavsky: “Hierarchy as a democratic value, in India, but not only”
Fellow and Director of Studies in Social Anthropology at Girton College, Cambridge

Luca Andriani: “Institutional Trust between Social Capital and Institutional Theory: The Moderating Role of Cultural Dimensions”
Lecturer Economics and Co-Director Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies, Birkbeck University of London

Lisanne de Blok: “Why one effect does not fit all: the contingency of the relationship between government performance and political trust.”
PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of Amsterdam


Rafael Vazquez: "Participatory Politics as improving democratic representation: civil and civic disobedience"  
Lecturer in Political Science at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Granada

Anna Petherick: "Who gains from corruption? The impact of revelations of misdeeds on women's participation and success in executive elections" 
PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

Ina Kubbe: "Let's play: Bribery Games in the U.S. and Germany"  
Fritz Thyssen Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University

Luis Schiumerini: "Imperfect Evaluations and Incumbency Effects"
Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Andreas Bergh: "How persistent is high social trust when institutional quality is low?"
Senior lecturer at the Department of Economics, Lund University

Manuel Teodoro: "Centripetal Force: Public Administration Career Systems and Attitudinal Diversity in the Bureaucracy"  
Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Mark Knights: "The genesis of public office in Britain 1550-1850"
Professor at the Department of History, University of Warwick

Sjoerd Beugelsdijk: "Value diversity, trust and economic development across European regions"
Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen

Daniel Stockemeer: "Inclusive Parliaments: A Trigger for Higher Electoral Integrity?"
Associate Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

Virginia Oliveros: "Working for the Machine: Patronage Jobs and Political Services in Argentina"
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Tulane University

Ola Olsson: "Tolling on the River: Trade and Informal Taxation on the Congo"
Professor Development Economics, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg

Michael Ting: "The Political Economy of Governance Quality"
Professor, Political Science Department, University of Columbia

Mogens K. Justesen: "Electoral clientelism, latent opportunism, and the secret ballot" 
Associate professor, and Vice-Head of Department, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School

Matthew Winters: "Can International Aid Change the Politics of Service Delivery?"
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois

Sheri Berman: "The Pipedream of Undemocratic Liberalism"  
Professor, Department of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University

Lyle Scruggs: "The Influence of Inequality on Welfare Generosity: Evidence from the US States"
Dept. of Political Science, University of Connecticut

Laurenz Ennser-Jedenastik: "Between Politicization and Independence: Agencies and Parties in the Regulatory State"
Assistant Professor, Department of Government, University of Vienna

Farida Jalalzai: “The Embattled Women Presidents: Safeguard of Democracy or Witch Hunt?”
Hannah Atkins Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University.

R. Bin Wong: "Resource management as a multi-level governance challenge: Chinese practices in historical and comparative perspective"
Distinguished Professor of History,UCLA  


Oana Borcan, PhD candidate in Economics, Gothenburg University - "The Benefits of Local Party Alignment in National Elections"

Mikael Sandberg & Max Rånge, Department of Political Science, Halmstad University, Sweden - "Introducing the MaxRange Dataset: Monthly Data on Political Institutions and Regimes Since 1789 and Yearly Since 1600"

Christian Schuster, LSE Fellow in Political Science and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science - "Merit, Job Stability, and Patronage: Evidence from a Conjoint Survey Experiment"

Jonneke Koomen, Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies and International Studies programs, Willamette University - "Dilemmas of Impartiality and Gender Justice at International Criminal Courts"

Reuben Kline, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University - "Violations of Meritocracy Induce Corruption: Cross-National Experimental and Survey Evidence"

Janine Wedel, University Professor, School of Policy, Government, & International - "From the Power Elite to New Influence Elites: How Today´s Top Players Sway Policy and Governance"

David Andersen, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, AArhus University - "The State and Democratic Breakdown: Who, How, and Why"

Sofia Wickberg, PhD candidate, Sciences Po Paris - "Framing corruption in France: the (re)presentation of a public problem through the lens of the media"

Michelle Cini, Professor of European Politics and co-editor of Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) - "Reluctant Reformers?: the Emergence of the European Parliament's Ethics System"

Rachel Sigman, Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey - "Which Jobs for Which Boys? Political Financing and Patronage in African Democracies"

Mihály Fazekas, Postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge - “Objective corruption proxies: experiences from 35 European countries”

Michael Atkinson, Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan/University of Regina - "Is Democracy a Threat to Good Government?"

Diana O´Brien, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Indiana University - "Descriptive Representation and Quality of Governance: Political Parties and Women’s Policy Representation"

Hortense Jongen, Ph.D. researcher at Maastricht University - "Combating Corruption the Soft Way – Under what Conditions Do Peer Reviews among States Develop Authority in the Fight against Corruption?"

Michele Valsecchi, Researcher, Department of Economics and Statistics, Gothenburg University - "The political economy of corruption in the bureaucracy"

Ann-Sofie Isaksson, Researcher, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Gothenburg - "Chinese aid and local corruption"

Andreas Duit, Associate professor/Senior lecturer, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University - "On the Origins of the Environmental State: Explaining Patterns of Environmental Policy Outputs"

Per Andersson, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, Lund’s University - "The Political Economy of Taxation: the Impact of Democracy and Ideology"

Salvatore Sberna, Adjunct professor, New York University Florence - "Criminal-political capture: the impact of organised crime on public procurement"


Leonid Polishchuk, Professor, Department of Institutional Economics, National Research University Higher School of Economics and guest researcher at Uppsala University – “Taming a Stationary Bandit: Property Rights in Autocracies”

Yonhyok Choe, Professor at Södertörns högskola - "Making Electoral Governance Work: Historical Comparative Study of Management of Electoral Corruption and Democratic Performance"

Donatella Casade , PhD candidate, Department of Business and Law, University of Siena - “Do the levels of corruption and managerial commitment matter? Applying a public management perspective to anti-corruption policy implementation in Italy”

Nan Zhang, Max Weber fellow, European University Institute, Florence – “Anti-Corruption Enforcement, Politicization, & Public Attitudes: Evidence from a Regression-Discontinuity Analysis“

David Eric Lewis, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University - “The State of Merit, Capacity, and Neutrality in the United States Executive Establishment”

Oguzhan Dincer, Associate professor, Department of Economics, Illinois State University – “Measuring Illegal and Legal Corruption in American States: Some Results from the Safra Center Corruption in America Survey”

Kent Weaver, Distinguished Professor and Professor of Public Policy, Comparative Government Field Chair, George Georgetown University – “Getting People To Behave: Compliance regimes and behavioral change”

Håkan Thörn, Professor, Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg - “Politics of (de-)responsibilization: Advanced liberal engineering in sub-Saharan Africa”

Petra Schleiter, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations & St Hilda's College University of Oxford – “Party System, institutionalization, accountability and governmental corruption”

Adrienne Lebas, Assistant professor, Department of Government, School of Public Affairs, American University – “Tax Compliance and Services Delivery in Urban Nigeria”

Kelly McMann, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University – “Corruption as a Last Resort. Individuals Adapting to Market Reform“

Simone Dietrich, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri – “Donor Political Economies and the Pursuit of Foreign Aid Effectiveness”

Anna Ahlers, Associate Professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo – “Making Sense of Local Policy Implementation Effectiveness in China”

Salvador Parrado, Professor of Public Management at the Distance Learning University (UNED), Madrid, and Director of Governance International – “The Political Payoff from Performance Target Systems (a remake): No-gainers”

T.K Ahn, Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, College of Social Sciences, Seoul National University – “The Tungsten Dollar Scandal of 1952: Korea before the Developmental State”

Nigel Krishna Iyer, Fellow of the University of Leicester University School of Management (ULSM) and the Septia group. Fraud and Corruption Investigator, Drama and film writer and Management trainer – “Actions speak louder than rules …in the battle against Corruption and Fraud”

Bianca Vaz Mondo , PhD candidate at Hertie School of Governance and Research Associate – ANTICORRP project – “Accountability as a deterrent to corruption. New data from Brazilian municipalities”

Adam Graycar, Professor at the School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University – “Some places are more corrupt than others: strategies for prevention and control”

Melanie Hughes, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh – “Maintaining Exclusionary Political Institutions: Single-Axis Politics and the Political Dominance of Ethnic Majority Men”

Roberto Foa, PhD Candidate at Harvard University Department of Government - “Governance in Frontier States”

Sarah Chayes, Senior Associate, Democracy and Rule of Law Program & South Asia Program Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – “Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security”

Staffan Darnolf, IFES Director of Program Development and Innovation, International Foundation for Electoral Systems - “Combatting election fraud and malpractices: How can we improve election integrity?”

Tiffany Barnes, Assistant professor at University of Kentucky – "Citizen Support for Legislative Gender Quotas in Latin America: The Crucial Impact of Governance"


Eva Zemandl, PhD candidate, Central European University - "Power of politics or power of the policy-profession? Towards a better understanding of politicization’s impact in Hungary"

Jonaz Björk, Communicator for the project ”Bringing QoG Research to the Classroom”, The QoG Institute

Jacint Jordana, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra - "When Accountability meets Regulation: accountability and transparency mechanisms in regulatory agencies"

Andrew Patterson, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia - "Political Regimes and Health - Competing Explanations"

Susan Rose Ackerman, Henry R. Luce Professor of Law & Political Science, Yale University - "The Law of Lawmaking: Positive Political Theory in Comparative Public Law"

Christofer Berglund, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Government, Uppsala University - "Anti-Corruption Reforms in Saakashvili’s Georgia (2004-2012)"

Cathrine Holst, Senior researcher at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo - "Public Justification and Strategic Uses of Expertise"

Roberto Foa, PhD Candidate, Harvard University - "From Ancient Polities to Modern State Capacity"

Björn Halleröd, Professor at the Department of sociology and work science, University of Gothenburg - "The more gender equality, the less child poverty? A multilevel analysis of 56 developing countries"

Anja Franck, Post doc at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg - "Migration, fear and everyday corruption in Malaysia"

Luciana Cingolani, Phd fellow at Maastricht University - "Minding Weber more than Ever? The impacts of bureaucratic autonomy and state capacity on development goals"

Anna Khakhunova, Post graduate student at the Laboratory of political studies, Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Russia - "The mechanism for evaluation of the effectiveness of regional authorities in the Russian Federation"

Santhosh Srinivasan, Research coordinator at Transparency International (TI) in Berlin - "Contextualizing Corruption Surveys"

Tom Pegram, Deputy Director of the new Institute of Global Governance at the Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy, University College London - "Accountability and Human Rights: The Political Impact of National Human Rights Institutions in New Democracies"

David Booth, Director of the Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP) at The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), The UK - "The politics of economic transformation: Updating the developmental state concept for Africa today"

Eliska Drapalova, Phd fellow at the European University Institute - "Good Apples at Bad Trees: the Explanation of Variation of Levels of Corruption in Italian and Spanish Local Government"

Cathrine Holst, Phd fellow at Oslo University - "Expertise and democracy"

Herbert Kitschelt, Professor at Duke University - "Diversity and Change of Citizen-Politician Linkage Strategies. Beyond the Development Hypothesis."


Jong-Sung You, Ass. Prof. Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego - "Democracy, inequality, and corruption: Cross-national and comparative historical evidence from Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines"

Bryane Michael, Fellow at the Asian Institute for International Financial Law, Department of Law - "Can the Hong Kong ICAC Help Reduce Corruption on the Mainland?"

Nubia Evertsson, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Criminology, Stockholm University - "A nested analysis of electoral donations"

Marcus Agnafors, Dr. Department of Philosophy, Lunds University - "QoG as a complex concept: A proposal and possible developments"

Thomas Brambor, post-doctoral fellow at Department of Political Science, Lund University - "The Political Economy of Fiscal Capacity: Comparing the Historical Experiences of Europe and Latin America"

Andreas Bergh, Ass. prof. (docent), Lund university Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) - "Bigger government, more corruption?"

Illong Kwon, Ass. prof. Graduate School of Public Administration (GSPA), Seoul National University - "Applying Corporate Governance Index to Measure Quality of Government"

Robert Cox, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina and Director, Walker Institute of International and Area Studies - "German Leadership in Renewable Energy"

Anett Hodosi, Ph.D. candidate, Doctoral School of Economics at University of Debrecen, Hungary - "Social Trust and Administrative Burdens in the United Kingdom"

Nicholas Cheeseman, Dr, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, St Peter's College, University of Oxford - "Income Tax, Public Goods and the Evolution of a Social Contract in Nigeria"

Lisa Ann Elges, Program Manager, Transparency international - "Climate and carbon finance anti-corruption policies and practices – successes and failures"

Torbjørn Gjefsen, MA, Department of Political Science in Oslo - "Sources of regime legitimacy - Quality of Government vs electoral democracy"

Jonathan Hopkin, Reader in Comparative Politics, Department of Government, London School of Economics - "Legal Origin, Liberalization and Inequality in OECD Countries"

Vinothan Naido, Dr, Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town - "The Politics of Anti-Corruption Enforcement in South Africa"

Ole Therkildsen, MA, Policy Analysis & Regional Planning, Danish Institute for International Studies - "Democratisation in Tanzania. No taxation without exemptions"

Pablo Beramendi, Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University - "Europe's Crisis: A Political Geography Approach"

Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University - "The Challenge of State Building in Historical Perspective"

Takis Pappas, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute - "Is Greece a New Weimar Republic? Political Extremism and Democratic Performance"

Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science, MIT, and director of the MIT Brazil program - “Risky Mix? Big Business, Democratic Governance, and Industrial Policy in Latin America”

Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science, MIT - “Varieties of liberalization and the new politics of social solidarity”


Håkan Tropp, Director, Water Governance Facility, The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) - "Water An Increasing Strategic Resource: How To Govern It?"

Adel Daoud, Universitetslektor and Björn Halleröd, Professor, Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet - "Democracy, Quality of Government, and Child Deprivation - A Global Analysis"

Daniel Waldenström, Professor of Economics, Uppsala University, Sweden - "Intergenerational Top Income Mobility in Sweden: Capitalist Dynasties in the Land of Equal Opportunity?"

Ivar Kolstad, Research Director, Coordinator: Natural Resources, Chr Michelsen Institute (CMI) - "Does democracy reduce corruption?"

Susan Ariel Aaronson, Associate Research Professor of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington DC - "Does the WTO Help Member States Improve Governance?"

Andreas Schedler, PhD, Center for Economic Research and Teaching, Department of Political Studies, Mexico City - "The Politics of Uncertainty: Sustaining and Subverting Authoritarian Regimes".

Mette Frisk Jensen, Post Doc, Department of Culture and Society - History and Area Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark - "Corruption and the Ethics og Public Office in Denmark in the 19th century".

Paul Heywood, Sir Francis Hill Professor of European Politics and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham, The UK - "Approaches to integrity management in the UK"

Davide Torsello, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, CEU Business School, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary - "The new environmentalism? Civil society and corruption in the enlarged EU"

Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics, Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University - "Corruption Voting"

Anand Kumar, Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Dehli - "State of Democracy in South Asia"

Ann-Sofie Isaksson, PhD candidate, handelshögskolan, Göteborgs universitet, Sweden - ”Corruption along ethnic lines”

Fengping Zhao, Associate Professor at School of Public Administration, Zhengzhou University, China - "Transparency and Property Right Protection: the Case of “Chai-qian” in Urban China

Jan Meyer Sahling, Associate Professor of European Politics at the School of Politics & International Relations, University of Nottingham - "Varieties of bureaucracy in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans"

Jonas Moberg, Head of the International Secretariat, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative - “Will oil and mineral rich countries continue to fail to benefit from their riches? Lessons from innovative multi-stakeholder governance solutions like the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative”

Jordi Muñoz, PhD candidate, Political Science Department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - "Why do voters forgive corrupt politicians? Cynicism, noise and implicit exchange"

Margaret Levy, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle - "In the Interest of Others: Leaders, Governance, and Political Activism in Membership Organizations"

Nils Resare, Freelance journalist - "Under the radar – bribes in the footsteps of Jas"


Eric Uslaner, Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland - ”Roots of Corruption”

Steven Pfaff, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Washington at Seattle - "Social Order and the Genesis of Rebellion: Mutiny in the Royal Navy in the Age of Sail"

Tina Söreide, Dr, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen - "Why is anti-corruption so difficult?"

Pablo Beramendi, Dr, University College, Oxford - "Tax Structures and Economic Inequality"

Pierre Englebert, Assistant Professor of Politics, Pomona University - “Sovereignty, Legal Command, and the Curse of African Statehood”

Bryon Moraski, Associate Professor, University of Florida - “The Fate of United Russia’s Single-Member District Deputies under PR: A Missed Opportunity?”

Anirudh Krishna, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy - "Lineal Spread and Radial Dissipation: Experiencing Growth in Rural India, 1993-2005"

David Collier, Robson Professor of Political Science, Ruth Collier, Heller Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Susan Stokes, Professor of Political Science, Yale University

Steven Pinkus, Professor, Yale University, USA

Tamir Agmon, Professor, Tel Aviv University - “Measurement and management at the base of the Pyramid – providing off-grid solar power in African villages”

Heather Marquette, Dr, International Development Department of the University of Birmingham, UK - "Religion and attitudes towards corruption in India and Nigeria"

Michael Wahman, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden - "Oppositional Coordination and Democratization by Elections"

Esther Shalev-Gerz, Professor, Valand School of Fine Arts , University of Gothenburg, Sweden - "Trust and the Unfolding Dialogue"

Peter Dinesen, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public management, University of Southern Denmark - "When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do? On the Acculturation of Generalized trust of non-Western Immigrants in Western Europe"

Hanne Fjelde, Dr, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden

Stefan Hedlund, Professor, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden - "Understanding Systemic Failure: Do We Really have the Tools?"

Kimmo Eriksson, Professor, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Mälardalen University, Sweden & Pontus Strimling, Dr, Centre for the study of cultural evolution, Stockholm university, Sweden "The hard problem of cooperation”


Marina Nistoskaya, Research fellow at the Quality of Government Institute and the Department of Political Science at Goteborg University, Sweden – "De-Politicized Bureaucracy and Economic Growth: Evidence from Russia’s Regions"

Davide Torsello, Associate professor of social anthropology, University of Bergamo – "The three dimensions of trust. Institutional transformation and the strategic ambivalence between actions and ideas"

Apostolis Papakostas, Professor, School of Social Sciences, Södertörns högskola, Stockholm, Sweden - "Towards a locked society? The evolution of boundary technologies in modern society"

Michael Johnston, Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY – "Assessing Vulnerabilities to Corruption"

Marta Reuter, PhD, & Filip Wijkström, Professor in Business Administration, Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies (SCCSS), Sweden – "Who Framed Liberal Democracy? Civil Society as Wielder of the Democratic Wand"

Nicholas Charron, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and a Research Fellow at the Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg – "Measuring QoG at the Regional Level in the EU"

Anna Danielsson, PhD Candidate, School of Social Sciences, Södertörns högskola, Stockholm, Sweden – "Institutions in the Context of Informality: Or, Why There is a Need of Studying the Informal Economy Through Broader Glasses of Institutionalism"

Strom Thacker, Professor of International Relations and Political Science and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Social Sciences College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University – "The Politics of Ethnicity, Fertility and Mortality"

Strom Thacker, Professor of International Relations and Political Science and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Social Sciences College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University – "Does Democracy Promote Development? Health, Environment, and Economic Openness"

Michael Hechter, Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington – "Alien rule and its discontent

Desmond King, Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government, University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College – State Building by Other Means: American Democracy and the War on Illegal Immigrants"

Luis de Sousa, PhD, Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa – "Social Capital and Corruption"

Devin Joshi, Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver - "Freedom and the State: Comparing Three Models of Good Government - "Singapore, Sweden and the United States"


Helena Stensöta, Researcher and Lecturer at Linné University in Växjö and associated with the Quality of Government Institute at the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg &

Daniel Engster, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Geography, The University of Texas at San Antonio – "Do family policy regimes matter for children’s well-being?"

Ulrika Möller, PhD, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden & Isabell Schierenbeck, PhD, Associated professor, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden – "The Road to democracy: exploring the impact of leadership guidance

Basak Cali, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights, UCL Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy, – How to ground the authority of human rights institutions"

Camilla Orjuela, PhD, Associate professor, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden & Jonas Lindberg, PhD, School of Business Economics, and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden – "Corruption and conflict: connections and everyday consequences in Sri Lanka"

Pilar Domingo, Research Fellow, Politics and Governance, The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), The UK – "Rule of law, citizenship and rights in Latin America: recent trends"

Patrik Winton, PhD, Department of History, Uppsala University, Sweden – "Social Networks and politics in Sweden from a historical perspective"

Mette Frisk Jensen, Post Doc, Department of Culture and Society - History and Area Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark – "Corruption and the ethics of public office: corruption amongst Danish civil servants during the period 1800 to 1866"

Johannes Lindvall, PhD, Department of Political Science, Lunds University, Sweden –"Political institutions and the reform capacity of governments"

Mikael Persson, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden - "The effects of inequality on political engagement"

Svein Jentoft, Professor, Norwegian College of Fishery Science - "Stakeholder, participation and legitimacy"

Andreas Bågenholm, PhD, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden- "The electoral impact of anti-corruption discourse in Europe 1983-2008"

Conor O’Dwyer, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Florida – "Runaway state-building: the political basis of state reform in post communist Europe"

Karl-Henrik Robèrt, PhD, Founder the Natural Step (TNS) – "Social and ecological sustainability – on definitions, analyses, planning and competence"

Rutger Palmstierna, President of Macro Intelligence – "Islam strengthens the clan system. The forms of temple financing in Islam and Christianity and their implications for the diverging paths of east and west"

Alena Ledeneva, Professor of Politics and Society, The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies – "The end of the global corruption paradigm: informal practices in eastern Europe and China

Johann Graf Lambsdorff, Professor, University of Passau – ”Who accepts bribery? Evidence from 70,000 households"

Pär Gustafsson, Post-Doc, Uppsala University, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies – "Commercial conflicts in Russia: The link between social behaviour and legal institutions"

David Yanagizawa, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge – "The power of propaganda: the effect of U.S. Government bias on cold war news coverage of human rights"

Magnus Erlandsson, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University – "Reforms of the Swedish government offices: the past, the present and the future"

Martin Sjöstedt, PhD & Anna Persson, PhD, Department of Political Science and Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg, Sweden – "Presentation of three research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council

Indra de Soysa, Professor of Political Science, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU) - “The assets of social diversity: governance, development & peace"


Monika Karlsson, PhD Candidate, Department of Criminology, Stockholm University - "The story told by reported cases of corruption in Sweden between 2003 and 2005: what are we missing?"

Michael Woolcock, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and Lead Social Development Specialist with the World Bank's Development Research Group – "Development as good struggles: using interim institutions in legal and governance reform"

Sven Steinmo, Professor of Public Policy and Political Economy, European University Institute – "Taking evolution seriously"

Maria Gustavson, PhD, Department of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg, Sweden – "Development cooperation between supreme audit institutions – possibilities to change the conditions of corruption"

Magnus Öberg, Associate Profssor, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden – "Resources, governance and civil conflict”

Ivar Kolstad, Research Director, Coordinator: Natural Resources, Chr Michelsen Institute (CMI) – ”Corruption as violation of distributed ethical obligations"

Sten Widmalm, Professor, Department of Political Science, Uppsala University, Sweden – "Decentralization, corruption, and social capital"

Joakim Ekman, Professor of Political Science, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University, Sweden – "What can we learn about political culture from cross-national public opinion surveys?"