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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 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Staffan I Lindberg


Professor, Dept. of Pol. Sci., Univ. of Gothenburg,


Director, V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg

PI, V-Dem Project, Varieties of Democracy,

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.

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Latest publications

Measuring Polyarchy Across the Globe, 1900–2017
Jan Teorell, Michael Coppedge, Staffan I Lindberg, Svend Erik Skaaning
Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Economic Development and Democracy: An Electoral Connection
Carl Henrik Knutsen, John Gerring, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Jan Teorell, Matthew Maguire et al.
European Journal of Political Research, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Party Strength and Economic Growth
Fernando Bizzarro, John Gerring, Carl Henrik Knutsen, Allen Hicken, Michael Bernhard et al.
World Politics, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Investigating Sequences in Ordinal Data: A New Approach with Adapted Evolutionary Models
Patrik Lindenfors, Fredrik Jansson, Yi Ting Wang, Staffan I Lindberg
Political Science Research and Methods, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Democracy for All: Conceptualizing and Measuring Egalitarian Democracy
Rachel Sigman, Staffan I. Lindberg
Political Science Research and Methods, Journal article 2018
Journal article

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Member of Parliament of Ghana: A Hybrid Institution with Mixed Effects
Staffan I Lindberg
Working Paper No. 2. Overseas Development Institute, London: African Power and Politics Research Program., Magazine article 2009
Magazine article

Byzantine Complexity: Making Sense of Accountability
Staffan I Lindberg
Working Paper No. 28, Political Concepts Series. International Political Science Association; Committee on Concepts and Methods., Magazine article 2009
Magazine article

The Role of Private and Collective Goods in Elections: Evidence from Ghana.
Staffan I Lindberg, Keith Weghorst
Working Paper No. 5. African Power and Politics program. London: Overseas Development Institute., Magazine article 2009
Magazine article

A Theory of Elections as a Mode of Transition
Staffan I Lindberg
Lindberg, Staffan I. (ed.) Democratization by Elections: A New Mode of Transition?, Johns Hopkins UP, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book

The Power of Elections Revisited
Staffan I Lindberg
Lindberg, Staffan I. (ed.) Democratization by Elections: A New Mode of Transition?, Johns Hopkins UP, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book

Cooptation Despite Democratization in Ghana
Staffan I Lindberg
Barkan, Joel (ed.) Legislative Power in Emerging African Democracies. , Lynne Rienner, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book

Democratization by Elections: A Mixed Record`
Staffan I Lindberg
Journal of Democracy, Journal article 2009
Journal article

Democratization by Elections: A New Mode of Transition?.
Staffan I Lindberg
Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, Edited book 2009
Edited book


Does Democratization Reduce the Risk of Military Interventions in Politics in Africa?
Staffan I Lindberg, John F Clark
Democratization, Journal article 2008
Journal article

Are African Voters Really Ethnic or Clientelistic?: Survey Evidence from Ghana
Staffan I Lindberg, KC Morrison
Political Science Quarterly, Journal article 2008
Journal article

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