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Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard

Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard

Professor

  • Institut for Statskundskab

    Øster Farimagsgade 5, Postboks 2099, CSS, bygn. 4, 2. sal, Room 4.2.44

    København K

    pkk@ifs.ku.dkhttp://www.polsci.ku.dkPhone: +45 35 32 37 98Mobile: +45 20 13 56 06Fax: +45 35 32 33 99

Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (born 1966) is (since 2006) Professor of political theory and comparative politics at the University of Copenhagen.  He founded and was the first Director of the Dept. of Political Science's Centre for Voting and Parties.

He has for many years been spearheading the use of rational choice models in the study of politics and is (since 2004) European Editor of the respected academic journal Public Choice.

Kurrild-Klitgaard is, i.a., recipient of the University of Copenhagen's Teacher's Prize (2007) and Teacher of the Year in Political Science (2007), Fyens Stiftstidendes Researcher of the Year (2003), and has been elected, as the first Danish political scientist, a member of the European academy of sciebces, Academia Europaea, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK). 

He writes (since 1999) as a columnist and blogger for the Danish daily Berlingske Tidende.

Primary fields of research

  • Political economy
  • Electoral systems
  • Constitutions
  • Danish politics
  • American politics

Selected papers for download

Current research

  • The effects of political institutions on public spending & economic growth; 
  • Institutional determinants of market economies
  • Dimensions in the Danish political spectrum

Selected publications for download

Fields of interest

Political science, Political economy, Comparative politics, Constitutional political economy, Public choice, Rational choice, Social choice, Political theory, Danish politics, American politics, Constitutions, Elections, Voting theory, Electoral systems, Terrorism, State building, National elections, Autocracies, Economic growth, Democracy, Constitutionalism, USA

Teaching

Since 2006:

  • Theories and Approches of Political Science (2013, 2014)
    General & Comparative Political Science (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Comparative Political Science (2014)
  • Master's Theses seminar (2007, 2008, 2014)
  • Graduate courses on
  • political institutions & economic growth (2007);
  • voting theory & electoral systems (2006, 2011)

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Empirical social choice: An introduction

    Kurrild-Klitgaard, P. Mar 2014 In : Public Choice. 158, 3-4, p. 297-310 14 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Picking a loser?: A social choice perspective on the Danish government formation of 1975

    Kurrild-Klitgaard, P. Mar 2014 In : Public Choice. 158, 3-4, p. 483-497 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Economic growth and institutional reform in modern monarchies and republics: A historical cross-country perspective 1820-2000

    Bjørnskov, C. & Kurrild-Klitgaard, P. 2014 In : Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics. 170, 3, p. 453-481

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Institutional interactions and economic growth: The joint effects of property rights, veto players and democratic capital

    Kamp Justesen, M. & Kurrild-Klitgaard, P. 1 Dec 2013 In : Public Choice. 157, 3-4, p. 449–474 26 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Election inversions, coalitions and proportional representation: Examples of voting paradoxes in Danish government formations

    Kurrild-Klitgaard, P. 2013 In : Scandinavian Political Studies. 36, 2, p. 121-136

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published
  7. Published

    It's the weather, stupid! Individual participation in collective May Day demonstrations

    Kurrild-Klitgaard, P. Jun 2013 In : Public Choice. 155, 3-4, p. 251-271 21 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  8. Published

    Frihed mellem fornuft og skepsis

    Kurrild-Klitgaard, P. Dec 2012 In : Kritik. 206, p. 31-39

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  9. Published
  10. Published

    Modeling constitutional choice: reflections on The Calculus of Consent 50 years on

    Kurrild-Klitgaard, P. 2012 In : Public Choice. 152, 3-4, p. 407-413 7 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  11. Published

    Kontraktpolitik, kulturkamp og ideologi 2001-2011

    Kurrild-Klitgaard, P. 2011 In : Økonomi & Politik. 84, 3, p. 47-62

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

Selected activities

  1. European Editor/Associate Editor & Member, Editorial Board, Public Choice

    Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (Editor), 1 Jan 2005 → …

    Activity: Ongoing editorial workEditor of Research journal

  2. Member, Research Management Committee (Dept. of Political Science)

    Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (Member), 20121 Feb 2014

    Activity: Participation in council, board, committee and networkMembership in committee, council, board

  3. Board Member, Danish Institute of Parties and Democracy (DIPD)

    Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (Member), 1 Aug 2010 → …

    Activity: Participation in council, board, committee and networkMembership in board of company or public organisation

  4. Member, Academic committee on bibliometric research indicators in the field of Political Science

    Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (Member), 17 Dec 20071 Jan 2014

    Activity: Participation in council, board, committee and networkMembership in committee, council, board

  5. Member, Elections Committee of the University

    Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (Member), 29 Nov 2011 → …

    Activity: Participation in council, board, committee and networkMembership in committee, council, board

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