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Tore Wig

Visiting Scholar 2019-2020


Tore Wig

Tore Wig is associate professor in political science at the University of Oslo and a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). His research focuses on armed conflict, protest, democratization, regime stability and politics in dictatorships.

At CES, Wig's project studies the role that different social groups played in the historical evolution of democracy. The project focuses on whether and how the mobilization of industrial workers and urban middle classes affects the prospects for democratization. The analysis draws on new global datasets on the emergence of democracy since 1789, combined with original data on the social group composition of mass opposition movements advocating for democracy.

Wig's work is published in several journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics; Comparative Political Studies; and World Politics.

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


  • Associate Professor in Political Science, University of Oslo
  • Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, CES, Harvard University

Research Project

Social groups in the struggle for democracy in Europe


Political Science