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 in Political Science, European University Institute, 2007

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

BSc in Political 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-Erik Skaaning 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:

Catholic Origins of the Rise of Europe, 2,857,000 DKK, funded by the Danish Research Council for the Social Sciences.

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:

Panel member in the evaluation of proposals submitted to the 2022 ERC Advanced Grant call

Chairman of PhD dissertation evaluation committee for Vilde Djuve, Aarhus University, 2021

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 on referee panel reviewing grant proposals for independent research projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences for The Research Council of Norway (RCN), 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022.


Member of evaluation panel in connection with Uppsala 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 (4), Democratization (14), 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 (2), APSA Small Research Grants, ERC Advanced Grant, ERC Starting Grant (2), Ashgate, Routledge (4), Oxford University Press, Scandinavian Economic History Review, Springer Verlag, de Gruyter, 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)


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


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


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2011). Requisites of Democracy: Conceptualization, Measurement, and Explanation, London: Routledge.


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


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


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


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


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


Møller, Jørgen (2016). Europa. Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag.


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2016). Alexis de Tocqueville. DJØFs Forlag.


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


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


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2018). Demokrati i en krisetid: Mellemkrigstidens Europa. København: Gyldendal.


Jackson, Robert, Georg Sørensen & Jørgen Møller (2018). Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches. 7 edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Cornell, Agnes, Jørgen Møller & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2020). Democratic Stability in an Age of Crisis: A Reassessment of the Interwar Period. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2022). Syv myter om demokrati. Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag.


Kokkonen, Andrej, Jørgen Møller& Anders Sundell (2022). The Politics of Succession: European State-Building, AD 1000-1800. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Jackson, Robert, Georg Sørensen &Jørgen Møller (2022). Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches. 8edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Møller, Jørgen &Jonathan Stavnskær Doucette (2022). The Catholic Church and European State-Formation, AD 1000-1500. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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:

Møller, Jørgen (2007). “Wherefore the Liberal State? Post-Soviet Democratic Blues and Lessons from Fiscal Sociology", East European Politics & Societies, 21(2), 294-315.


Møller, Jørgen (2007). “The Gap between Electoral and Liberal Democracy Revisited. Some Conceptual and Empirical Clarifications”, Acta Politica, 42(4), 380-400.


Møller, Jørgen (2008). “A Critical Note on ‘The Rise of Illiberal Democracy'”, Australian Journal of Political Science, 43(3), 555-561.


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2009). “The Three Worlds of Post-Communism: Revisiting Deep and Proximate Explanations”, Democratization,16(2), 298-322.


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2009). “Post-Communist Corruption: Ina League of its Own?”, Australian Journal of Political Science, 44(4),753-762.


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2010). “Post-Communist Regime Types: Hierarchies across Attributes and Space”, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 43(1), 51-71.


Møller, Jørgen & 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, 45(3), 320-345.


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2010). “Beyond the Radial Delusion: Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy and Non-Democracy”, International Political Science Review, 31(3),261-283.


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


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2011). “Stateness First?”, Democratization,18(1), 1-24.


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2011) “On the Limited Interchangeability of Rule of Law Measures”, European Political Science Review, 3(3), 371-394.


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2012). "Concept-Measure Inconsistency in Contemporary Studies of Democracy", Zeitschrift für vergleichende Politikwissenschaft/Comparative Governance and Politics,6(1), 233-251.

Møller, Jørgen &Svend-Erik Skaaning (2012). "Systematizing Thin and Thick Conceptions of the Rule of Law", Justice Systems Journal, 33(2), 36-153.

Møller, Jørgen, Svend-Erik Skaaning & Wolfgang Muno (2012). "Internationaler Strukturwandel und Autokratie", Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 6(1), 233-251.

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

Møller, Jørgen &Svend-Erik Skaaning (2013). "Regime Types and Democratic Sequencing", Journal of Democracy, 24(1), 142-156.

Møller, Jørgen &Svend-Erik Skaaning (2013). "Autocracies, Democracies, and the Violation of Civil Liberties", Democratization, 20(1), 82-106.

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

Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2013). “Single-Party Autocracies, Ideology, and Repression”, Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 115(4), 345-363.

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


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2013). “The Third Wave: Inside the Numbers”, Journal of Democracy, 24(4), 97-109.


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


Andersen, David, Jørgen Møller & Svend-Erik (2014).“The State-Democracy Nexus: Conceptual Distinctions, Theoretical Perspectives, and Comparative Approaches”, Democratization, 21(7), 1203-1220.


Andersen, David, Jørgen Møller, Lasse Lykke Rørbæk & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2014). “State Capacity and Political Regime Stability”, Democratization, 21(7), 1305-1325.


Møller, Jørgen (2015). “The Medieval Roots of Democracy”, Journal of Democracy, 26(3), 110-123.


Møller, Jørgen (2016). “Composite and Loose Concepts, Historical Analogies, and the Logic of Control in Comparative Historical Analysis”, Sociological Methods & Research, 45(4), 651-677.


Knutsen, Carl Henrik, Jørgen Møller & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2016) “Going Historical: Measuring Democraticness before the Age of Mass Democracy”, International Political Science Review, 37(5), 679-689.


Møller, Jørgen, Jakob Tolstrup & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2017). “International Influences and Democratic Regression in Interwar Europe: Disentangling the Impact of Power Politics and Demonstration Effects”, Government & Opposition, 52(4), 559-586.


Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2017). “Explanatory Typologies as a Nested Strategy of Inquiry: Combining Cross-Case and Within-Case Analysis”, Sociological Methods & Research, 46(4), 1018-1048.


Møller, Jørgen (2017). “A Framework for Congruence Analysis in Comparative Historical Analysis of Political Change”. Quality & Quantity, 51(5), 2337-2355.

Møller, Jørgen (2017). “The Birth of Representative Institutions: The Case of the Crown of Aragon”. Social Science History, 41(2), 175-200.

Møller, Jørgen (2017). "Medieval origins of the rule of law: The Gregorian reforms as critical juncture?" Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, 9(2), 265-282.

Cornell, Agnes, Jørgen Møller& Svend-Erik Skaaning (2017). "The Real Lessons of the Interwar Years." Journal of Democracy, 28(3), 14-28.

Møller, Jørgen (2018). "Medieval Roots of the Modern State: The Conditional Effects of Geopolitical Pressure on Early Modern State Building" Social Science History, 42(2),295-316.

Møller, Jørgen (2018). “The Ecclesiastical Roots of Representation and Consent”, Perspectives on Politics,16(4), 1075-1086.

Møller, Jørgen & Svend-Erik Skaaning (2019). “Set-Theoretic Methods in Democratization Research: An Evaluation of Their Uses and Contributions”, Democratization, 26(1),78-96.

Andersen, David & Jørgen Møller (2019). ”The Transhistorical Tension between Bureaucratic Autonomy and Political Control”. Political Studies Review, 17(3), 285-295.

Møller, Jørgen (2019). “Bringing the Church Back In: Ecclesiastical Influences and the Rise of Europe”. Politics & Religion, 12(2), 213-226.

Møller, Jørgen (2020). “Feet of Clay? How to Review Political Science Papers that Make Use of the Work of Historians”. PS: Political Science & Politics, 53(2), 253-257.

Kokkonen, Andrej & Jørgen Møller (2020).”Succession, Power-sharing, and the Development of Representative Institutions in Medieval Europe”. European Journal of Political Research, 59(4), 954-975.

Møller, Jørgen (2021). ”Reading History Forward”. PS: Political Science &Politics,

52(2), 249-253.

Møller, Jørgen &Svend-Erik Skaaning (2021) “The Ulysses Principle: A Criterial Framework for Reducing Bias When Enlisting the Work of Historians”, Sociological Methods & Research, 50(1), 103-34.

Doucette, Jonathan Stavnskær, and Jørgen Møller (2021).”The Collapse of State Power, the Cluniac Reform Movement, and the Origins of Urban Self-Government in Medieval Europe”. International Organization, 75(1), 204-223.

Kokkonen, Andrej, Suthan Krishnarajan, Jørgen Møller& Anders Sundell (2021). ”Blood is Thicker than Water: Family Size and Leader Deposition in Medieval and Early Modern Europe”. Journal of Politics, 83(4), 1246-1259.

Møller, Jørgen (2022). “The Problem of History”. PS: Political Science & Politics, 55(3), 525-529.


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) “Tidlig statsdannelse”, 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 World Democracy: 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,

Blog posts

I have published three long essay articles in the bimonthly American IR magazine The American Interest (, four long blog posts on OUPblog (,and two on Broadstreet Blog ( I have also contributed to the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog and American Purpose.