V-Dem & ANTICORRP Policy Dialogue Conference 2016

April 27, 2016


Policy Dialogue Conference 2016

May 18, 2016 10.00-16.00 University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

PROGRAM is available Program V-Dem_ANTICORRP Policy Conference 2016.pdf (1.4 MB) .

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is a new approach to conceptualizing and measuring democracy. It is a collaboration among more than 50 scholars worldwide which is co-hosted by the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; and the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, USA. The resulting database consisting of about 15 million data points is the largest of its kind, and make possible both highly detailed, nuanced analysis of virtually all aspects of democracy in a country, and quick, summary comparisons between countries based on aggregated indices for varieties of democracy.

ANTICORRP is a large-scale research program funded by the EU Commission, that explores the factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anticorruption policies and impartial government institutions. The program involves 20 research institutions in 15 European countries and is lead by the Quality of Government (QOG) institute at the University of Gothenburg. In this session several of the leading ANTICORRP scholars from the QoG Institute will present their recent research results.

Venue: School of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Vasagatan 1, 405 30 Gothenburg.

For more information and to register:

Please contact Natalia Stepanova, Operations & Outreach Manager at natalia.stepanova@v-dem.net by latest May, 6th. 



10.00 – 10.45 Plenary:

Welcome speech

Birger Simonson, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, U of Gothenburg


Staffan I. Lindberg, Professor, Director of V-Dem Institute, U of Gothenburg Monika Bauhr, Associate Professor, Principal Investigator ANTICORRP, Quality of Government (QOG) Institute, U of Gothenburg

Five-Minute Research Results Presentations
Introduction to Break-out Session I-A
From de-jure to de-facto: Mapping Dimensions and Sequences of Accountability?
Anna Lührmann, Research Fellow, V-Dem Institute, U of Gothenburg

Introduction to Break-out Session I-B

Suicide by Competition: Authoritarian Institutional Adaptation and Regime Fragility
Michael Bernhard, Raymond and Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar Chair, U of Florida & V-Dem Project Manager

Introduction to Break-out Session I-C

Institutions and Strategies for Reducing Corruption

Marcia Grimes, Associate Professor, Quality of Government (QOG) Institute /ANTICORRP Project, U of Gothenburg

Introduction to Break-out Session I-D

Democracy, Quality of Government, and Human Development: Complementary or Substitutable Effects?
Presenter: Carl Henrik Knutsen, Professor, U of Oslo & V-Dem Project Manager

Introduction to Break-out Session I-E

Gender Diversity on High Courts

Presenter: Jeffrey K. Staton, Associate Professor, Emory U & V-Dem Project Manager

Room: Volvosalen, School of Economics building, U of Gothenburg 

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break 

11.00 – 13.00 Break-out sessions I:

Facilitation of intensive, in-depth discussions of findings by the associated researchers, and their implications in small groups. 

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch on site 

14.00 – 16.00 Break-out sessions II:

  • “Democracy Support: How to Bridge the Gap Between Researchers and Policy Makers and Address Current (geo-)Political Challenges?”
    Chairs: Dr. Nathalie Ebead, Head of Democracy Assessment, Analysis and Advisory, International IDEA; Mr. Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director, European Endowment for Democracy

  • “Goal 16, Targets 6 and 7: How Much Is About Democracy?” Chair: Dr. Per Nordlund, Chief Policy Advisor, SIDA

  • “What Works in the Fight Against Corruption?”
    Chairs: Mr. Finn Heinrich, Transparency International; SIDA representative

  • “Good and Bad Sequences of Democratization?”
    Chair: Ambassador Maria Leissner, Secretary General, Community of Democracies

  • “Aligning Governance Measurement with the Practicalities of Governance Reforms”

    Chair: Mr. Armin Nolting, Programme Director „Promotion of Good Governance“, German Development Cooperation 

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