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Jan Teorell

Publications in English: Books

Teorell, Jan. Determinants of Democratization: Explaining Regime Change in the World, 1972-2006. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.


Publications in English: Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

“A Deliberative Defense of Intraparty Democracy”, Party Politics 5(3): 363-382, 1999.

“Linking Social Capital to Political Participation: Voluntary Associations and Networks of Recruitment in Sweden”, Scandinavian Political Studies 26(1): 49-66, 2003.

Hadenius, Axel & Jan Teorell. “Cultural and Economic Prerequisites of Democracy: Reassessing Recent Evidence”, Studies in Comparative International Development 39(4): 87-106, 2005.

“Political Participation and Three Theories of Democracy: A Research Inventory and Agenda”, European Journal of Political Research 45(5): 787–810, 2006.

Teorell, Jan & Hadenius, Axel. “Democracy without Democratic Values: A Rejoinder to Welzel and Inglehart”, Studies in Comparative International Development 41(3): 95-111, 2006.

Hadenius, Axel & Jan Teorell. “Pathways from Authoritarianism”, Journal of Democracy 18(1): 143-156, 2007.
(NEW updated data on authoritarian regime types available here)

Rothstein, Bo & Jan Teorell. “What Is Quality of Government? A Theory of Impartial Government Institutions”, Governance 21(2): 165-190, 2008.

Rothstein, Bo & Jan Teorell. “Impartiality as a Basic Norm for the Quality of Government: A Reply to Francisco Longo and Graham Wilson”, Governance 21(2): 201-204, 2008.

Teorell, Jan & Catharina Lindstedt. “Measuring Electoral Systems”, Political Research Quarterly 63(2): 434-448, 2010.

Bäck, Hanna, Westholm, Anders & Jan Teorell, "Explaning Modes of Participation: A Dynamic Test of Alternative Rational Choice Models", Scandinavian Political Studies 34(1): 74-97, 2011.

Coppedge, Michael & John Gerring, with David Altman, Michael Bernard, Steven Fish, Allen Hicken, Matthew Kroenig, Staffan I. Lindberg, Kelly McMann, Pamela Paxton, Holli A. Semetko, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Jeffey Staton & Jan Teorell, "Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy: A New Approach", Perspectives on Politics 9(2): 247-267, 2011.

Rothstein, Bo, Marcus Samanni & Jan Teorell, "Explaining the welfare state: power resources vs. the Quality of Government", European Political Science Review 4(1): 1-28, 2012.

Dahlström, Carl, Victor Lapuente & Jan Teorell, "The Merit of Meritocratization: Politics, Bureaucracy, and the Institutional Deterrents of Corruption", Political Research Quarterly 65(3): 658 - 670, 2012.

Wahman, Michael, Jan Teorell and Axel Hadenius. "Authoritarian Regime Types Revisited: Updated Data in Comparative Perspective", Contemporary Politics 19(1): 19-34, 2013.
(NEW updated data on authoritarian regime types available here)

Persson, Anna, Bo Rothstein & Jan Teorell, "Why Anticorruption Reform Fails: Systemic Corruption as a Collective Action Problem", Governance 26(3): 449-471, 2013.

Lindberg, Staffan, Michael Coppedge, John Gerring, Jan Teorell et al. "V-Dem: A New Way to Measure Democracy", Journal of Democracy 25(3): 159-169, 2014.

Oskarsson, Sven, David Cesarini, Christopher T. Dawes, James H. Fowler, Magnus Johannesson, Patrik K. E. Magnusson & Jan Teorell, "Linking Genes and Political Orientations: Testing the Cognitive Ability as Mediator Hypothesis", Political Psychology 36(6): 649-665, 2015.

Teorell, Jan & Bo Rothstein, "Getting to Sweden, part I: War and Malfeasance, 1720-1850", Scandinavian Political Studies 28(3): 217-237, 2015.

Rothstein, Bo & Jan Teorell, "Getting to Sweden, part II: Breaking with Corruption in the Nineteenth Century", Scandinavian Political Studies 28(3): 238-254, 2015.

Gerring, John, Maxwell Palmer, Dominic Zarecki & Jan Teorell. "Demography and Democracy: A Global, District-Level Analyis s of Electoral Contestation", American Political Science Review 109(3): 574-591, 2015.

Teorell, Jan. "A Quality of Government Peace? Explaining the Onset of Militarized Interstate Disputes, 1985-2001", International Interactions 41(4): 648-673, 2015.

Coppedge, Michael, Staffan Lindberg, Svend-Erik Skaaning & Jan Teorell. "Measuring high level democratic principles using the V-Dem data", International Political Science Review 37(5): 580-593, 2016.

Teorell, Jan, Daniel Ziblatt & Fabrice Lehoucq. "Introduction to Special Issue: The Causes and Consequences of Secret Ballot Reform", Comparative Political Studies 50(5): 531-554, 2017.

Kuo, Didi & Jan Teorell. "Illicit Tactics as Substitutes: Election Fraud, Ballot Reform, and Contested Congressional Elections in the United States, 1860-1930", Comparative Political Studies 50(5): 665-696, 2017.

Teorell, Jan. ”Partisanship and Unreformed Bureaucracy: The Drivers of Election Fraud in Sweden, 1719-1908”, Social Science History 41(2): 201-225, 2017.

Teorell, Jan & Michael Wahman. ”Institutional stepping stones for democracy: how and why multipartyism enhances democratic change”, Democratization, forthcoming (early view available here).


Publications in English: Book Chapters in Edited Volumes

Teorell, Jan, Mariano Torcal & José Ramón Montero. “Political Participation: Mapping the Terrain”, in van Deth, J., J.R. Montero & A. Westholm, eds. Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies: A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge, 2007.

Teorell, Jan, Paul Sum & Mette Tobiasen. “Participation and Political Equality: An Assessment of Large-Scale Democracy”, in van Deth, J., J.R. Montero & A. Westholm, eds. Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies: A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge, 2007.

Teorell, Jan & Axel Hadenius. “Determinants of Democratization: Taking Stock of the Large-N Evidence”, in Berg-Schlosser, D. (ed.), Democratization: The State of the Art. Opladen & Farmington Hills: Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2007.

Bäck, Hanna & Jan Teorell. “The Stability of Partisanship: Evidence from a Russian Panel Study”, in Bartle, J. & Bellucci, P., eds. Political Parties and Partisanship: Social Identities and Individual Attitudes. London: Routledge, 2009.

Teorell, Jan & Axel Hadenius. “Elections as Levers of Democracy: A Global Inquiry”, in Lindberg, S., ed. Democratization by Elections: A New Mode of Transition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009 (the conference paper version of this chapter won the APSA Comparative Democratization Section Award for the best paper presented at the 2007 Annual Meetings).

Teorell, Jan. “Good governance”, International Encyclopedia of Political Science. SAGE, 2011.

Rothstein, Bo & Jan Teorell. “Defining and measuring quality of government”, in Holmberg, S. & B. Rothstein, eds. Good Government: The Relevance Of Political Science. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012.

Dahlström, Carl, Victor Lapuente, and Jan Teorell. "Public administrations around the world”, in Holmberg, S. & B. Rothstein, eds. Good Government: The Relevance Of Political Science. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012.

Persson, Anna, Rothstein, Bo & Jan Teorell. “Rethinking the nature of the grabbing hand”, in Holmberg, S. & B. Rothstein, eds. Good Government: The Relevance Of Political Science. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012.

Rothstein, Bo & Jan Teorell. ”Causes of Corruption”, in Heywood, P, ed., Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption. London: Routledge, 2015.

Rothstein, Bo & Jan Teorell. "Quality of Government", International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 2nd Edition. Oxford: Elsevier, 2015.


Working Papers (selection)

“Political Culture and Democracy in Post-Communist Russia: A Tale of Three Regions.” CERC Working Paper Series, no. 1/2002, Contemporary Europe Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2002.

Bäck, Hanna & Jan Teorell. “Party Attachment and Political Participation: A Panel Study of Citizen Attitudes and Behavior in Russia”, Paper presented to the Karlstad Seminar on Studying Political Action. Karlstad, June 7-9, 2005.

Hadenius, Axel & Jan Teorell. “Assessing Alternative Indices of Democracy”, Concepts & Methods Working Papers 6, IPSA, August 2005.

Hadenius, Axel & Jan Teorell. “Authoritarian Regimes: Stability, Change, and Pathways to Democracy, 1972–2003”, Kellogg Institute Working Paper Series 331, University of Notre Dame, November 2006.

Teorell, Jan. “Corruption as an Institution: Rethinking the Origins of the Grabbing Hand”, QoG Working Paper Series 2007:5, The Quality of Government Institute, Göteborg University, 2007.

Teorell, Jan. "The Impact of Quality of Government as Impartiality: Theory and Evidence." Prepared for delivery at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, September 3–6, 2009.

Bernhard, Michael, Christopher Reenock & Jan Teorell, ”Thickening and Making Binary Indicators of Democracy More Transparent and Flexible Using the V-Dem Dataset,” Paper prepared for presentation to the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, August 27-30, 2014.

Teorell, Jan & Staffan Lindberg, "The Structure of the Executive in Authoritarian and Democratic Regimes: Regime Dimensions across the Globe, 1900-2012", V-Dem Working Paper Series 2015:5, The Varieties of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenburg.

Hanna Bäck, Jan Teorell & Staffan Lindberg. “Cabinets, Prime Ministers and Corruption: A Comparative Analysis of Parliamentary Cabinets in Post-war Europe”, STANCE Working Paper Series 2016:6, Department of Political Science, Lund University.

Gerring, John, Carl Henrik Knutsen, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Jan Teorell, Michael Coppedge, Staffan I. Lindberg and Matthew Maguire. "Electoral Democracy and Human Development", V-Dem Working Paper Series 2015:9, The Varieties of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenburg.

Knutsen, Carl Henrik, John Gerring, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Jan Teorell, Matthew Maguire, Michael Coppedge and Staffan I. Lindberg. "Economic Development and Democracy: An Electoral Connection", V-Dem Working Paper Series 2015:16, The Varieties of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenburg.

McMann, Kelly, Daniel Pemstein, Brigitte Seim, Jan Teorell & Staffan I. Lindberg. "Strategies of Validation: Assessing the Varieties of Democracy Corruption Data", V-Dem Working Paper Series 2016:23, The Varieties of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenburg.

Teorell, Jan, Michael Coppedge, Staffan Lindberg & Svend-Erik Skaaning, “Measuring Electoral Democracy with V-Dem Data: Introducing a New Polyarchy Index”, V-Dem Working Paper Series 2016:25, The Varieties of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenburg.

Bernhard, Michael, Hegre, Håvard, and Jan Teorell. ”Reassessing the Democratic Peace: A Novel Test Based on the Varieties of Democracy Data”, Paper presented to the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, March 16-19, 2016; and to the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, September 1-4, 2016.

Lindvall, Johannes & Jan Teorell. "State Capacity as Power: A Conceptual Framework", STANCE Working Paper Series 2016:1, Department of Political Science, Lund University.

Brambor, Thomas, Agustín Goenaga, Johannes Lindvall & Jan Teorell. "The Lay of the Land: Information Capacity and the Modern State", STANCE Working Paper Series 2016:2, Department of Political Science, Lund University.

Bäck, Hanna, Alexander von Hagen-Jamar & Jan Teorell. "War, Performance and the Survival of Foreign Ministers", STANCE Working Paper Series 2016:4, Department of Political Science, Lund University.

McMann, Kelly, Brigitte Seim, Jan Teorell, and Staffan I. Lindberg,Democracy and Corruption: A Global Time-Series Analysis with V-Dem Data”, V-Dem Working Paper Series 2017:43, The Varieties of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenburg.


Publications in Swedish (selection)

Petersson, Olof, Jörgen Hermansson, Michele Micheletti, Jan Teorell och Anders Westholm. Demokrati och medborgarskap. Demokratirådets rapport 1998. Stockholm: SNS förlag, 1998.

Teorell, Jan. Demokrati eller fåtalsvälde? Om beslutsfattande i partiorganisationer. Ph.D. diss. Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 1998.

Teorell, Jan & Anders Westholm. “Var det bättre förr? Politisk jämlikhet i Sverige under 30 år”, i Medborgarnas erfarenheter: Demokratiutredningens forskarvolym V, SOU 1999:113, ss 13-52.

Teorell, Jan & Anders Westholm. “Att bestämma sig för att vara med och bestämma: Om varför vi röstar – allt mindre”, i Valdeltagande i förändring: Demokratiutredningens forskarvolym XII, SOU 1999:132, ss 137-204.

Teorell, Jan & Anders Westholm. “Ett Europa i nationens skugga: Om det svenska valdeltagandet på europeisk och nationell nivå”, i Valdeltagande och Europaparlamentsval: Slutbetänkande av Rådet för utvärdering av 1998 års val, SOU 2000:81, ss 71-120.

Teorell, Jan. “Demokrati och deltagande: Tre ideal i teorin och praktiken”, i Gilljam, Mikael & Jörgen Hermansson, red. Demokratins Mekanismer. Malmö: Liber, 2003.

Bäck, Hanna, Jan Teorell & Anders Westholm. “Medborgarna och deltagandeparadoxen: Att förklara olika former av politiskt deltagande.”, i Esaiasson, Peter & Anders Westholm, red. Deltagandets Mekanismer. Malmö: Liber, 2006.

Teorell, Jan & Torsten Svensson. Att fråga och att svara: Samhällsvetenskaplig metod. Malmö: Liber, 2007.

Teorell, Jan. “Samtalsdemokrati med förhinder: En kritik av Fishkins medborgarpaneler”, i Hermansson, J., C. Karlsson, & H. Montgomery, red. Samtalets mekanismer. Malmö: Liber, 2008.

Teorell, Jan. “Regression i tid och rum: Att analysera paneldata”, i Djurfeldt, G. & Barmark, M., red. Statistisk verktygslåda II. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2009.

Teorell, Jan. "Att mäta den offentliga sektorns legitimitet", i Rothstein, Bo, red. Politisk som organisation: Förvaltningspolitikens grundproblem. 4:e reviderade upplagan. Stockholm: SNS, 2010.

Teorell, Jan. "Demokratisering av elektorala autokratier", i Widmalm, Sten & Sven Oskarsson, red. Prometokrati: Mellan diktatur och demokrati. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2010.

Teorell, Jan. ”Att mäta korruption”, i Andersson, Staffan, Berg, Andreas, och Erlingsson, Gissur, red. Korruption, maktmissbruk, och legitimitet. Stockholm: Norstedt, 2010.

Teorell, Jan. "Omval och andra omtagningar under 300 år", i Berg, Linda & Henrik Oscarsson, red. Omstritt omval. Göteborg: SOM-institutet, 2012.

Teorell, Jan. "Varför är valfusk så ovanligt i Sverige?", i Bennich-Björkman, Li (red.), Statsvetenskapens frågor. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2013.

Lindberg, Staffan & Jan Teorell, "Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem): Om att mäta demokrati och diktatur", Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift 115(4): 273-292, 2013.

Teorell, Jan. "Den demokratiska freden", i Björkman, Jenny & Arne Jarrick (red.), Krig/fred: RJ:s årsbok 2016/2017. Göteborg & Stockholm: Makadam förlag, 2016.

E-mail: jan.teorell [at]


Department of Political Science

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Jan Teorell, Professor of Political Science, received his PhD in 1998 from the Department of Government, Uppsala University, on a dissertation on intra-party democracy. In 2004-2006, he served as Project Coordinator at the Quality of Government Institute, Göteborg University, responsible for creating the Quality of Government Dataset (, which won the Lijphart, Przeworski, Verba Award for Best Dataset by the APSA Comparative Politics Section at the 2009 Annual Meetings (together with Bo Rothstein and Sören Holmberg), and the Varieties of Democracy dataset (, which won the same award in 2016 (together with a large international research team). His research interests include political methodology, history and comparative politics, comparative democratization, corruption, and state-making.

Department of Political Science
Lund University
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