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Ketevan Bolkvadze

PhD | Assistant Professor

Political Science


Areas of Expertise:

  • comparative politics
  • policing 
  • corruption 
  • justice sector reforms
  • quality of government
  • hybrid regimes



    I am Assistant Professor (tenure track) of political science at Lund University, Sweden. My research focuses on law enforcement, judiciary and anti-corruption reforms in transitional and emerging democracies, and I am part of the project “Policing, Schooling, and Healthcare in Comparative and Historical Perspective”, funded by the Swedish Research Council (PI: Johannes Lindvall). I received my PhD from the University of Gothenburg in 2018, and have conducted extensive rounds of fieldwork in Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia. I have previously worked as a research fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt, as well as at ETH Zürich, within a project on “Differentiated Integration in the European Union”. Prior to joining academia, I have worked with Transparency International Georgia and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) for International Affairs in Tbilisi.



    Peer-reviewed journal articles:

    • Bolkvadze, Ketevan (2019) “To Reform or to Retain? Politicians’ Incentives to Clean Up Corrupt Courts in Hybrid Regimes”, Comparative Political Studies
    • Povitkina, Marina & Bolkvadze, Ketevan (2019) “Fresh Pipes with Dirty Water: How quality of government shapes the provision of public goods in democracies”,  European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 58, Issue 4. 
    • Bolkvadze, Ketevan (2017) "Hitting the Saturation Point: Unpacking the Politics of Bureaucratic Reforms in Hybrid Regimes", Democratization. Vol. 24, Issue 4.  
    • Bolkvadze, Ketevan (2016) “Cherry-picking EU Conditionality: Selective Compliance in Georgia’s Hybrid Regime”, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 68, Issue 3.


    Chapters in edited volumes:


    Working Papers:

    • Povitkina, Marina & Bolkvadze, Ketevan (2017) “Democracy, corruption and public goods provision: the case of water management”. V-Dem Working paper No. 62. Presented at Anxieties of Democracy Workshop, the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, May 21-23, 2017.
    • Bolkvadze, Ketevan (2015) “Efficiency without Autonomy? Bureaucratic Reforms in Georgia’s Hybrid Regime.” QoG Working Paper No. 2015/17. Quality of Government Institute, Sweden.


    Policy reports:


    Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



    Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


    Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

    Ketevan Bolkvadze
    E-mail: ketevan [dot] bolkvadze [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

    Senior lecturer

    Department of Political Science


    Department of Political Science
    Lund University
    Visiting address: Allhelgona kyrkogata 14 (House: Eden)
    Postal address: Box 52, SE-221 00 LUND
    Telephone: +46 46-222 89 52

    Faculty of Social Sciences