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Gissur Ó Erlingsson


Gissur Ó Erlingsson received his PhD in political science in 2005 from the Department of Political Science, Lund University. The dissertation deals with the phenomenon of party entrepreneurs and asks why the number of local parties increased dramatically in Swedish municipalities in 1973-2002. After the dissertation, he worked at Linköping University, Ratio, and Växjö University, before joining the Centre for Local Government Studies (Linköping University in 2009). Today, he is a professor and scientific leader at the Centre. In addition, Erlingsson is a member of the board of ESO, a member of the SNS Board of Trustees, and a deputy member of the Council of Europe's Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Government.

Affiliated Researcher

Gissur Ó Erlingsson

Linköping University
Research interests: Corruption, Political behavior, Political economy, Urban and regional economics

Some of the questions Gissur Ó Erlingsson tries to answer in his research:

  • Is there a societal polarisation in Sweden based on geography, and if so, how does it manifest itself?
  • Are municipal mergers the way to go to make the Swedish municipal structure sustainable in the long term?
  • What are the conditions for accountability in local government, and what can be done to strengthen these?
Current writings

Published at IFN
Journal Articles
Book Chapters
Working Papers
Articles in Swedish
Popular Science