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Søren Serritzlew

Visiting Scholar 2016-2017

Residency Dates: September 1, 2016 - November 30, 2016


Søren Serritzlew

Søren Serritzlew is Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests include the effects of public sector reform and the effects of jurisdiction size of political entities on democracy and efficiency. He uses experimental and quasi-experimental methods to address problems of endogeneity.

At the Center, he will primarily work on a project on the role of information and evidence in politics. Information plays a key role in the relationship between civil servants and politicians. In a comparative study of the U.S. and two European countries, the aim is to examine how information can be a source of power of civil servants. He will also work on a project on the effects of jurisdiction size.

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


  • Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University


  • Søren Serritzlew, "Jurisdiction Size and Local Government Policy Expenditure." In: American Political Science Review (forthcoming).
  • Søren Serritzlew & M. Baekgaard, "Interpreting performance information: Motivated reasoning or unbiased comprehension." In: Public Administration Review 76.1 (73-82, 2016).
  • Søren Serritzlew, Jensen, Ledet, and Mortensen, "The Dynamic Model of Choice for Public Policy Reconsidered: A Formal Analysis With an Application to US Budget Data." In: Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 26.1 (226-238, 2016).
  • Søren Serritzlew, Blom‐Hansen, Jens, Houlberg, "Size, democracy, and the economic costs of running the political system." American Journal of Political Science 58.4 (790-803, 2014).
  • Søren Serritzlew, Lassen and Dreyer, "Jurisdiction size and local democracy: Evidence on internal political efficacy from large-scale municipal reform." In: American Political Science Review 105.02 (238-258, 2011).

Other Material

Public Administration

Areas of Expertise:
Effects of public sector reform
Jurisdiction size, democracy and economic costs
Experimental methods

Research Topic:
The Informational Power of Bureaucrats in Presidential and Parliamentary Systems