About me

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I am Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo. I am also an associated researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO.

My research interests cover a wide range of topics in the study of political violence and political regimes. My work is published (or forthcoming) in American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsComparative Political StudiesWorld Politics, Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Research and Politics, and Political Geography. Some of my work has been featured in the Washington Post’s MonkeyCage column.

Currently, my work can be organized as follows:

  • The institutional origins of civil war and ethnic conflict (with a primary focus on Africa). This was the topic of my Phd-thesis.
  • The politics of authoritarian regime survival (coups, elections and political institutions in dictatorships) (which I have written about along with co-authors in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, here).
  • Conflict forecasting (see my Phd-thesis).
  • Popular protest and revolutionary movements in dictatorships (which I have written about along with co-authors in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage column, here).
  • The inter-linkages between political institutions and economic development (corruption, and the economic effects of democracy).
  • Inter-state conflict with an emphasis on regimes and domestic causes.

Besides this, I have a general interest in quantitative methods, philosophy of science and history. You can reach me at tore.wig@stv.uio.no.

Visit my googlescholar and researchgate page.

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