Jan TeorellJan Teorell

Professor of Political Science
Lund University, Sweden

Jan Teorell (PhD, Uppsala University, Sweden) is professor of political science at Lund University in Sweden. His research interests include political methodology and comparative politics, particularly political participation, public opinion, corruption and comparative democratization. In addition to being a project manager for the Varieties of Democracy project, which is measuring multifaceted concepts of democracy around the world from 1900 to the present, he is working on how and why electoral fraud and corruption was abolished in Sweden and other established democracies.

Teorell has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences, Harvard University, and at the Contemporary Europe Research Center, Melbourne University, Australia, and most recently at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. At the Quality of Government Institute, Göteborg University, he serves as one of the managers of the Quality of Government Dataset, which won the Lijphart, Przeworski, Verba Award for Best Dataset from the APSA Comparative Politics Section in 2009.

"What Can We Learn From Historical Experiences of How to Abolish Election Fraud?"
Thursday March 7, 2013
12:30 pm - C103 Hesburgh Center
In this talk Teorell proposes an explanation for the historical causes of election fraud and its abolition in Sweden, drawing on original data from second-instance election petitions filed from 1719 to 1908. He argues that this development cannot be explained by changes in electoral rules, the structure of competition, or by shifts in economic development or inequality. Instead, the ebb and flow of electoral fraud in Sweden could best be understood as stemming from the professionalization of the bureaucracy in combination with the extent to which elections were partisan. This mechanism for generating election fraud is also corroborated for a crosssection of elections in the world today.

Measuring Democracy Working Group Lecture
"The Executive as Indicator of Democracy"
Friday, March 8, 2013
9:00am C104/105 Hesburgh Center
This will be a presentation on some working assumptions underlying the executives survey of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project. In what ways do key features of the executive, such as dual vs. unified executives, presidentialism vs. parliamentarism, executive powers and constraints, and executive accountability, tie into different notions of democracy? And how are they being measured through the survey items of the V-Dem questionnaire? Some preliminary results from the V-Dem project will be demonstrated.