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Michael Klitgaard

Visiting Scholar 2014-2015


Michael Klitgaard

Klitgaard is a Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern Denmark. For the past three years, he has been Director of the research program Beyond Class Politics, which has been funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. This project studies how the decline in class politics affect decision-making on political reforms in advanced democracies.

At the Center, Klitgaard will continue research for this project by examining the interest and behavior of political parties and organized interest groups in processes of political and institutional reform. The project narrows in on the influence interest groups exert through think tanks to affect political parties and shape the policy agenda. The study will look at examples in the United States, Denmark and the Netherlands. Klitgaard will also be engaged with the development of a new comparative project on elite influence in democratic politics.

Klitgaard holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from the University of Aalborg, Denmark.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark