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Center for African Studies

Staffan I. Lindberg
Associate Professor
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Associate Professor

Staffan I. Lindberg

Department of Political Science


Center for African Studies


Staffan I. Lindberg is a Ph.D. (2005) from Lund University, Sweden. His dissertation won the American Political Science Association's Juan Linz Award for best dissertation 2005.  He has published on democratization, state building, military interventions, popular perceptions of state legitimacy, political clientelism, legislative-executive relations, MPs and accountability, women's legislative empowerment, effects of electoral systems, opposition parties, political parties, party systems and elections based on his cross-national research.

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).

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 was the co-PI for a consortium research program involving five other institutions from Europe and Africa called "African Power and Politics" that runs from 2007 to 2012. He taught at Lund University, then Kent State University, spent two years in Ghana as parliamentary advisor, and consults on a regular basis for donors in Africa.

Associate Professor Lindberg is currently on leave from UF.
He is Research Director for the World Values Survey project Sweden, Research Fellow at the Quality of Government Institute, and Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.


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