Department of Political Science

Jørgen Møller


Date ofbirth:

March 22,1979


Personal Information:

Married to Mette Møller, teacher at Langå Skole, born September 1, 1977. Father to Erik Møller, born June 29, 2007, Bjørn Møller, born September 9, 2011, and Bror Møller, born December 24, 2016. 



Professor (permanent appointment), Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2019-.

Professor (fixed term appointment), Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2014-2019.

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2010-2013.

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2008-2010.

External lecturer, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2007.

Research assistant for Professor Laszlo Bruszt, European University Institute,2005-2007.

PhD Scholar, Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, 2004-2007.

Research assistant with the DEMSTAR-project, Institute of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2003.



PhD inPolitical Science, European University Institute, 2007

MSc inPolitical Science (cand.scient.pol.), Aarhus University, 2003

BSc inPolitical Science (bac.scient.pol.), Aarhus University, 2001


Awards & Honours:

Member of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, 2015-

“Forskningsprisen Aarhus BSS 2015” (Research prize Aarhus BSS 2015), Aarhus Business and Social Sciences 2015.

”Årets forsker 2014” (Researcher of the year 2014), Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2014.

“Frank Cass Prize” (best article published in Democratization, 2011), received with co-author Svend-ErikSkaaning for Stateness First?), 2012

“Meisel-Laponce Award” (best article published in the International Political Science Review, 2006-2010,received with co-author Svend-Erik skaaning for Beyond the Radial Delusion: Conceptualization and Measuring Democracy and Non-democracy), 2011


“Sven Henningsen Prize 2010” for best Danish popular research book within the areas of Contemporary History, Political Science, and International Relations.

”Årets underviser 2010” (Lecturer of the year 2010), Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2010.

”Årets underviser 2009” (Lecturer of the year 2009), Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2009.

Nominated by the European University Institute’s Department of Social and Political Sciences for the Jean Blondel PhD Prize, 2009 (among the 36 PhD dissertation finished in 2007).

Nominated by the European University Institute’s Department of Social and Political Sciences for the Juan Linz PhD Prize, 2008 (among the 36 PhD dissertation finished in2007).

”Ung Eliteforsker 2007” (Young Elite Scholar 2007), awarded by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DKK 200,000), 2007.


External Funding:

Conflict and Democratization (CODE), Innovationsfonden, principal investigator of large research group, 16,000,000 DKK, 2015-. 

The Ups and Downs of Democracy: A Comparative Study of Democratic Deepening and Regression, Forskningsrådet for Samfund og Erhverv, joint with John Gerring and Svend-Erik Skaaning, 7,052,577 DKK, 2013-.

Conditions of Democratic Stability and Breakdown: The Interwar Period Revisited, seed money for project development, joint with Svend-Erik Skaaning, funded by AU Ideas, 300,000 DKK, 2012-2013.

Subregional Patterns of Post-Communist Political Diversity, funded by the Danish Research Council for the Social Sciences,1,874,516 DKK, 2008-2011.


Member of evaluation committees:

Chairman of PhD dissertation evaluation committee for Nicolas Burmester, Aarhus University, 2019

External assessor of position for biträdande universitetslektor istatsvetenskap (assistant professor of political science), Lund University, 2018


Expert onreferee panel reviewing grant proposals for independent research projects in the Humanities and Social Sciencesfor The ResearchCouncil of Norway (RCN), 2017, 2020.


Member of evaluation panel in connection withUppsala University’s “Quality & Renewal 2017”

Opponent at PhD defense of Klas Nilsson, Lund University, 2017

Chairman of PhD dissertation evaluation committee for Merete Bech Seeberg, Aarhus University, 2015

Member of PhD dissertation evaluation committee for Anton Petrenko, Copenhagen University, 2014

Chairman of PhD dissertation evaluation committee for Henrikas Bartusevicius, Aarhus University, 2013

Chairman of PhD dissertation evaluation committee for Jakob Tolstrup, Aarhus University, 2012

Member of evaluation committee for associate professorship, University of Bergen, 2012

Editorial boards:

Perspectives on Politics


Commonwealth & Comparative Politics

Reviewer Activity:

Acta Politica, American Journal of Political Science (3), American Political Science Review (9), American Sociological Review, British Journal of Political Science (3), Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies (3), Democratization (13), European Journal of International Relations, European Journal of Political Research (3), Government & Opposition, Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, International Political Science Review (3), International Organization, International Studies Review (2), International Studies Quarterly (3), International Interactions, Journal of Comparative Politics, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Journal of Historical Sociology, Journal of Peace Research, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Politica (4), Perspectives on Politics (6), Political Studies Review, Political Research Quarterly (2), PS: Political Science & Politics, Public Choice (3), West European Politics, The Historical Journal, World Politics, APSA Small Research Grants, ERC Advanced Grant, ERC Starting Grant, Ashgate, Routledge (4), Oxford University Press, Springer Verlag, application for Reader at King's College, Research Council of Norway (2), The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), National Science Centre of Poland; Tænkepauser.

Keywords for supervision: 

Democratization, representative institutions, Catholic Church, state formation, historical analysis of regime change, balance of power in the international system

List of publications (oldest first)


(2007) The Post-communist Tripartition, PhD-Dissertation, Department of Social and Political Science, European University Institute.

(2009) Post-communist Regime Change: A Comparative Study, Routledge.

(2010) Demokrati og Demokratisering – en introduktion, Hans Reitzels Forlag (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2011) Requisites of Democracy: Conceptualization, Measurement, and Explanation, Routledge (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2012) Statsdannelse, regimeforandring og økonomisk udvikling, Hans Reitzels Forlag.

(2012). Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective: Conceptions, Conjunctures, Causes, and Consequences. London: Routledge (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2014). The Rule of Law: Definitions, Measures, Patterns, and Causes. London: Palgrave Macmillan (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2014). Demokrati: Opfattelser, udviklinger, årsager og virkninger, Hans Reitzels Forlag (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2015). Statsdannelse, regimeforandring og økonomisk udvikling, Hans Reitzels Forlag, second revised edition.

(2016). Europa.Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag.


(2016). Alexisde Tocqueville. DJØFsForlag.


(2017). State Formation, Regime Change, and Economic Development. London: Routledge.


(2017). Hvorfor blev Europa ikke et imperium? København: Gyldendal.


(Forthcoming). Demokrati i en krisetid: Mellemkrigstidens Europa. København:Gyldendal (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).


(Forthcoming). Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches. Oxford:Oxford University Press (with Robert Jackson & Georg Sørensen).


Edited volumes

(2013) Developing Democracies: Democracy, Democratization and Development, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press (co-edited with Michael Böss and Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2014) The State-Democracy Nexus:Special Issue of Democratization, Routledge (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).


Articles in Academic Journals:

(2007) “Wherefore the Liberal State? Post-Soviet Democratic Blues and Lessons from Fiscal Sociology", East EuropeanPolitics & Societies, Vol. 21, No. 2.

(2007) “The Gap between Electoral and LiberalDemocracy Revisited. Some Conceptual and Empirical Clarifications”, Acta Politica, Vol. 42, No. 4.

(2008) “A Critical Note on ‘The Rise of Illiberal Democracy'”, Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 43, No. 3,pp. 555-561.

(2008)”Krig, finanspolitik og den florentinske republikanisme”, Politica - Tidsskrift for Politisk Videnskab, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 410-424.

(2009) “The Three Worlds of Post-Communism: Revisiting Deep and Proximate Explanations”, Democratization, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 298-322 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2009) “Post-CommunistCorruption: In a League of its Own?”, Australian Journal of Political Science,Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 753-762 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2009) “Mapping Contemporary Forms of Autocracy”, Totalitarismus und Demokratie/Totalitarianism and Democracy, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 253-270 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2010) “Post-Communist RegimeTypes: Hierarchies across Attributes and Space”, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 51-71(with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2010) “From Each According to His Need, To Each According to His Ability: A Comparative Analysis of Post-Communist Corruption”, Acta Politica, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 320-345 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2010) “Beyond the Radial Delusion: Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy and Non-Democracy”, International Political Science Review,Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 261-283 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2010) “Marshall Revisited: The Sequence of Citizenship Rights in the Twenty-First Century”, Government and Opposition, Vol. 45 nr. 4, pp. 457-483 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2011) “Stateness First?”, Democratization, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 1-24 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2011) “On the Limited Interchangeability of Rule of Law Measures”, European Political Science Review, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 371-394 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning

(2012),“Et (u)forudseeligt Mellemøsten: Samfundsvidenskaben, point predictions og pattern predictions”, Politik, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 26-34.

(2012) "Concept-Measure Inconsistency in Contemporary Studies of Democracy", Zeitschriftfür vergleichende Politikwissenschaft/Comparative Governance and Politics, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 233-251 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2012). "Systematizing Thin and Thick Conceptions of the Rule of Law", Justice Systems Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 136-153 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2012). "Internationaler Strukturwandel und Autokratie", Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 233-251 (with Svend-Erik Skaaningand Wolfgang Muno).

(2013) "When One Might Not See the Wood for the Trees: The ‘Historical Turn’ in Democratization Studies, Critical Junctures, and Cross-Case Comparisons", Democratization, Vol. 20, Nr. 4, pp. 693-715.

(2013). "Regime Types and Democratic Sequencing", Journal of Democracy, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 142-156 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2013). "Autocracies, Democracies, and the Violation of Civil Liberties", Democratization, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 82-106 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2013). “Sub-components of the Rule of Law: Reassessing the Relevance of Diminished Subtypes”, Comparative Sociology, Vol. 12, Nr. 3, pp. 391-421 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2013). “Single-Party Autocracies, Ideology, and Repression”, Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, Vol. 115, Nr. 4, pp. 345-363 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2013). “Respect for Civil Liberties during the Third Wave of Democratization: Presenting a New Dataset”, Social Indicators Research, Vol. 117, Nr. 3, 2014, s. 1069-1087 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2013). “The Third Wave: Inside the Numbers”, Journal of Democracy, Vol. 24, Nr. 4, pp. 97-109 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2014).Why Europe Avoided Hegemony: A Historical Perspective on the Balance of Power”, International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 58, Nr. 4, 2014, s. 660–670.

(2014). “The State-Democracy Nexus: Conceptual Distinctions, Theoretical Perspectives, and Comparative Approaches”, Democratization, Vol. 21, Nr. 7, pp. 1203-1220 (with David Andersen and Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2014). “State Capacity and Political Regime Stability”, Democratization, Vol. 21, Nr. 7, pp. 1305-1325 (with David Andersen, Lasse Lykke Rørbæk, and Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2015) “Economic Crisis and Democratic Breakdown in the Interwar Years: A Reassessment”, Historical Social Research, Vol. 40, Nr. 2 (with Alexander Schmotz and Svend-Erik Skaaning)

(2015) “The Medieval Roots of Democracy”, Journal of Democracy, Vol. 26, Nr. 3, pp. 110-123.

(2016) “Composite and LooseConcepts, Historical Analogies, and the Logic of Control in ComparativeHistorical Analysis”, Sociological Methods & Research, 45:4, 651-677.


(2016) “Going Historical: MeasuringDemocraticness before the Age of Mass Democracy”, International Political Science Review,Vol. 37, No. 5, pp. 679-689 (with Carl Henrik Knutsen and Svend-Erik Skaaning).


(2017) “International Influences and DemocraticRegression in Interwar Europe: Disentangling the Impact of Power Politics andDemonstration Effects”, Government & Opposition, Vol. 52, No. 4, pp.559-586. (with Jakob Tolstrup & Svend-Erik Skaaning)


(2017) “Explanatory Typologies as a NestedStrategy of Inquiry: Combining Cross-Case and Within-Case Analysis”, SociologicalMethods & Research, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 1018-1048. (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).


(2017) “A Framework for Congruence Analysis in ComparativeHistorical Analysis of Political Change”. Quality& Quantity, Vol. 51, No.5, pp. 2337-2355.

(2017) “The Birth of Representative Institutions: The Case of the Crown ofAragon”. Social Science History, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp. 175-200

(2017). "Medieval origins of the rule of law: TheGregorian reforms as critical juncture?" Hague Journal on the Rule ofLaw, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp.265-282.

(2017) "The Real Lessons of the InterwarYears." Journal of Democracy Vol. 28. No. 3, pp. 14-28 (with AgnesCornell & Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2018). “The Lopsided PoliticalEffects of Proprietary Income: A Comment on Nilsson’s The Money of Monarchs”, StatsvetenskapligTidskrift, Vol. 120, No. 1, pp.47-60.

(2018). "Medieval Roots of the Modern State: TheConditional Effects of Geopolitical Pressure on Early Modern State Building"Social Science History, Vol.42, No. 2, pp. 295-316.

(2018). “Set-Theoretic Methods inDemocratization Research: An Evaluation of Their Uses and Contributions”, Democratization, online first (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2018) “The Ulysses Principle: A CriterialFramework for Reducing Bias When Enlisting the Work of Historians”, SociologicalMethods & Research,online first (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).


(Forthcoming). “The Ecclesiastical Roots of Representation and Consent”, Perspectiveson Politics.


Book Chapters:

(2005) “The Travails of Liberal Democracy in the Post-Soviet Setting. Fiscal Incentives and Societal Constraints”, pp.217-226 in Roberto Di Quirico (ed.), Europeanisation and Democratisation. Institutional Adaptation, Conditionality and Democratisation in EU's Neighbour Countries, European Press Academic Publishing.

(2009) ”Fortiden spøger – Demokratisering i den tidligere østblok”, pp. 279-285 in Jens Blom-Hansen & Jørgen Elklit (eds.), Perspektiver på politik - Bidrag til samfundsdebatten, Århus: Academica (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2014) ”Autocracies, Democracies and the Violation of Civil Liberties”, in Comparing autocracies in the early Twenty-first Century: Vol 2: The Performance and Persistence of Autocracies, eds. Aurel Croissant; Steffen Kailitz; Patrick Koellner; Stefan Wurster. Routledge, pp. 80-101 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2015) “Mapping Definitions of Feudalism: A Conceptual Analysis”, in Party Politics And Democracy in Europe: Essays in Honor of Peter Mair. Abingdon/New York: Routledge Publisher (Series on West European Politics).

(2017) “Tidligstatsdannelse”, in Julie Hassing Nielsen, Michael Aagaard Seeberg & JakobTolstrup (eds.), Introduktion tilkomparativ politik. København: Hans Reitzels Forlag, pp. 23-46.


(2017) ”Sorte Tirsdag”, in 50 begivenheder: Højdepunkter i verdenshistorien. Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, pp. 191-195.


(2017) ”Democracy, Democratization, and Civil War”, in Peace and Conflict, David A. Backer, Ravi Bhavnani & Paul K. Huth (eds.). NY: Routledge, pp.68-76 (with SuthanKrishnarajan, Lasse Lykke Rørbæk, Svend-Erik Skaaning).


(2018) “The Advantages of a Thin View”, in Handbook onthe Rule of Law. Edward Elgar Publishing,pp. 21-33.


Encyclopedia articles:

(2014), ”Conceptualizing Democracyand Non-democracy”, i Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. red. / Alex Michalos. Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York, pp. 1178-1183 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2014, in press), ”Measuring Democracy”, i WorldDemocracy: From Ancient Times to the People's Revolutions of the 21st Century. red./ James Ciment. Sharpe, M. E. Inc (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).



(2013) “The Tailor Re-Tailored: Reply to Lauth”, Comparative Sociology, Vol. 12, Nr. 3, pp. 433-436 (with Svend-Erik Skaaning).

(2014) ”Reply to critics”. ISQ blog,