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Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard

Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard

!!Professor, Professor

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.

Kurrild-Klitgaard 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.  He has held visiting appointments at a number of universities, including Cambridge, Columbia, New York and Oxford.

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
  • American politics, British politics, Danish politics
  • Constitutions, Elections, Voting theory, Electoral systems, Terrorism, State building, National elections, Autocracies, Economic growth, Democracy, Constitutionalism, UK, USA


Since 2006:

  • Theories and Approches of Political Science (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • 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. Accepted

    Computers, Coders, and Voters: Comparing Automated Methods for Estimating Party Positions

    Hjorth, F. G., Klemmensen, R. T., Hobolt, S. B., Hansen, M. E. & Kurrild-Klitgaard, P. 2015 In : Research and Politics. 2, 2, p. 1-9

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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 29 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Published
  8. 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

  9. Published

    Frihed mellem fornuft og skepsis

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

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  10. Published
  11. 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

  12. 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

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