Department of Political Science

Merete Bech Seeberg

Assistant Professor

Profile photoMerete Bech Seeberg
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Postal address:
Bartholins Allé 7
1341, 121
Aarhus C
Phone: +4587165636
Research interests
Authoritarianism, democratization, elections, electoral manipulation, election observation, state capacity, political violence.

Academic positions
2015- : Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
2016: Visiting Fellow, The Electoral Integrity Project, University of Sydney

2015: PhD, Political Science, Aarhus University. The Power to Control: How State Capacity and Economic Control Condition the Effect of Authoritarian Elections
2013: Visiting Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University
2012: MSc Political Science, Aarhus University
2008: MSc Comparative Politics, London School of Economics
2007: BSc Political Science, Aarhus University

Seeberg, Merete Bech. 2018. State Capacity, Economic Control, and Authoritarian Elections. Oxon and New York: Routledge. forthcoming.
Seeberg, Merete Bech, Michael Wahman, and Svend-Erik Skaaning. 2018. “Candidate Nomination, Intra-Party Democracy, and Election Violence in Africa.” Democratization. Online first.
Seeberg, Merete Bech. 2018. “Electoral Authoritarianism and Economic Control.” International Political Science Review 39 (1): 33–48.
Seeberg, Merete Bech. 2017. "Stabilitet og forandring i autoritære regimer", s. 151-172 i Intrdouktion til komparativ politik, Hassing Nielsen, J., Aagaard Seeberg, M., Tolstrup, J. (red), København: Hans Reitzel.
Seeberg, Merete Bech. 2015. The Power to Control. How State Capacity and Economic Control Condition the Effect of Authoritarian Elections. PhD Dissertation. Aarhus University, Politica.
Seeberg, Merete Bech. 2014. “State Capacity and the Paradox of Authoritarian Elections”, Democratization, 21(7): 1265-1285.
Seeberg, Merete Bech. 2013. “Authoritarianism and Elections during the Third Wave”, Statsvetenskaplig Tidsskrift, 115(4): 313-344.

Media publications
Elklit, Jørgen, Merete Bech Seeberg og Svend-Erik Skaaning. 2016. ”Vold i egne rækker”. Weekendavisen, Ideer, 23. september, s. 5.
Elklit, Jørgen og Merete Bech Seeberg. 2016. “Verdensmestre i valg”. Weekendavaisen, Ideer, 23. marts, s. 4.
Seeberg, Merete Bech. 2015. “Valgobservatører: Gør de en forskel?”. Weekendavisen, Ideer, 11. december, s. 12.
Seeberg, Merete Bech. 2015. “Når diktatoren udskriver valg”. Weekendavisen, Ideer, 10. april, s. 12.

Working papers
Seeberg, Merete Bech. “State Capacity and the Conditional effect of Authoritarian Elections”.
Reeder, Bryce and Merete Bech Seeberg. “Figthing your Friends? A Study of Intra-party violence in Africa”, under review.
Seeberg, Merete Bech “Manipulation, legitimacy, and the role of the state in authoritarian elections”

2008: Awarded the Bill Letwin Prize for best performance in the master program in Comparative Politics (Democracy), London School of Economics.

2015, 2016, 2017: Comparative Politics, lecture series and seminars, BA, Aarhus University.
2014, 2015, 2016: Introductory course on election observation for EU and OSCE election observers, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2013: Authoritarian Regimes: Stability, Change, and Breakdown, seminar, MA, Aarhus University.
2010: Comparative Politics II; TA, BA, Aarhus University.

Reviewer tasks
British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Democratization, Italian Journal of Political Science, Nordisk Østforum, Statsvetenskaplig Tidsskrift.

Field work and stationings
2014: OSCE short-term election observer, Moldova.
2014: Field work including elite interviews, Harare and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Danish citizen. Mother of two. Parental leave 2010-2011 and 2012. Part time sick leave 2015-2017.